Carers given a special day

FAMILY carers were treated to a day of pampering to mark the end of a course designed to help them back into education

FAMILY carers were treated to a day of pampering to mark the end of a course designed to help them back into education

The women, from across Suffolk, had all been taking part in the Family Carers in to Learning project, run by the charity Suffolk Family Carers.

The five-week project teaches women skills like assertive and confidence as well as helping them get their CVs up to scratch and learn valuable interview techniques.

Peter Jude, the project manager, said: “The aim of the project is to tackle the barriers to learning that female family carers over the age of 25 can face.

“We do this by providing learning sessions on subjects such as confidence building, stress management and how to be assertive, then we provide a makeover as a thank you for the carers who have attended.

“We are there to bolster family carers and allow them to look at further learning or perhaps employment, a real stepping stone as it were.”

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The courses have been running since October 2004 and are funded by the European Social Fund and the Learning and Skills Council.

Suffolk Family Carers pay for respite for the people the carers would usually be looking after, and also provide transport for those who need it.

The latest course took place at the Christian Fellowship Church in Ranelagh Road, Felixstowe, and was attended by around 17 women.

If you would like more information on the courses contact Peter Jude on 01473 835428 or see www.suffolk-carers.co.uk

Have Suffolk Family Carers helped you? Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk>

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