Anglia Ruskin complementary therapists help with pampering and de-stress sessions for Chelmsford’s carers

Published: 1 June 2006 at 09:44

An event on 16 June, organised by Maldon Carers Centre, will see fully qualified complementary therapists from Anglia Ruskin University administering therapies to carers from the Chelmsford area during national Carers Week (12-18 June).

The event, at the Central Baptist Church, has been devised to give a much needed change in routine to the role of the carers. While the carers are being treated to a day of relaxation, care assistants will be on hand at the venue to provide activities and pastimes for the people they care for, so giving the carers a much-needed ‘day-off’.

Four complementary therapists from Anglia Ruskin University’s widely acclaimed Institute of Health and Social Care’s (IHSC’s), Allied Health Department will be offering relexology, Indian head massage, Bach flower remedies and aromatherapy massage to carers attending the day. Those who are being cared for will be encouraged to join in a variety of activities ranging from craft sessions to computer skills workshops.

Claire Beattie, from the Maldon Carers Centre said:

“This is the first time we have staged such an event as this in Chelmsford for carers and the cared for. It is part of the Carers UK initiative theme entitled In Sickness and in Health designed to recognise and celebrate the contribution made by carers.”

“We are reaching out to hidden carers and trying to help improve the quality of life of known carers by bringing them together to such an event which is focused on them.  We will do our best to make sure they have a truly positive, pampering experience safe in the knowledge that those they care for will be looked after too.”

Carers are those who have the responsibility of looking after a friend, relative or neighbour who may be disabled, affected by illness, elderly, suffering from a speech, hearing or learning disability, or who are simply unable to cope with life on their own.

Programme Leader in Allied Health, Frances Fewell, from Anglia Ruskin University added:

“Carers do everything for the person they are looking after and very little for themselves. They are selfless people who are among the hardest working members of our society. What we always forget is that they need some support and time for their personal relaxation. With the help of this event, a number of carers from the Chelmsford area will be able to get out and access to the complementary therapies that we are making available to them.”

“Our aim is to de-stress the carers for the day and tempt them into taking regular time-out for themselves for these restorative therapies in a friendly, supportive environment which can help them to cope with the daily demands and pressures of caring. All of our therapists work to the highest professional standards so that the carers can relax in safe hands.”

The Carers Event is taking place at the Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford on 16 June. It will run from 10.30am–4.30pm. Anyone who wants to attend the day can book a place by contacting Maldon Carers Centre on 01621 851640.