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Group provides support for forgotten carers

A Doncaster-based support group is providing vital support to people coping with a loved one’s drinking or drug problems.

The Support 4 Change Carers’ Group is run by staff from Doncaster Drug and Alcohol Services, thanks to funding from Doncaster Council’s Innovation Fund. It meets at Rosslyn House, 41 Thorne Road on Monday evenings, 6.45pm to 8.45pm and Saturdays noon to 2pm.

Group Coordinator Sandra Hardy said: “Alcohol or drug addiction has a major impact on everyone in a family, but this is often overlooked.

“It’s an issue that many people feel uncomfortable talking about to other family members and friends, as they may feel ashamed or embarrassed.

“Our group offers anyone aged over 18 a safe place to meet others in the same situation and provides them with an outlet to share their thoughts and feelings.

“We provide information and education on addiction and recovery, and invite guest speakers to come along to talk about topics of interest to the group. We also offer mentoring and skills development to help people cope with the stresses and strains that living with addiction can bring.”

Group member Sheila Seymour said: “Support 4 Change is a lifeline for people like me.

“The support I’ve been given has helped me make sense of how my life has changed and given me hope for a brighter future.

“The weekly meetings give me a support network and allow me to have time just for me.

“I’ve learned different techniques to help me relax and we’ve enjoyed some lovely day trips, which gave us a chance to get completely away from everything for a few hours.”

The group is open to anyone. People can just go along to a meeting, or can ring a member of the Support 4 Change team for a confidential chat first on (01302) 730956.

RDaSH Families Support Group Coordinator Sandra Hardy (far right) with Sheila Seymour (front centre) and members of the Support 4 Change Carers’ Group.
RDaSH Families Support Group Coordinator Sandra Hardy (far right) with Sheila Seymour (front centre) and members of the Support 4 Change Carers’ Group.