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and the Dochas Centre in
As well as providing services
such as training and advice,
these organisations also arrange
social activities, and
facilitate the respite that is
so critical when you care for
someone day and night, year
“Carers make a vital contribution
to our society, but they
have little or no time for themselves.
They can feel tired,
isolated, and can neglect
their own wellbeing because
of their role,” explains Mairi
Fleck, of North Argyll Carers
Centre. “A creative break – a
little bit of time to recharge
batteries, fi nd peer support,
and have some fun – can
make a big difference.”
Volunteers play a big role in
supporting our local carers’
organisations, and these
groups are always on the look
out for people who can give
their time and skills. Roles can
range from developing musical
playlists to help people
who are living with dementia,
to teaching classes, organising
fundraising events, or
contributing some baking to
the next fundraiser.
Do you need help fi nding a path to a
more enriching life?
Could a few small changes make a
big difference – if only you could identify
what those changes were?
Choosing to ACT is the fi rst organisation in
this area to offer SSI-CBT and ACT, either
face-to-face, by Skype, or phone.
So if you're just getting by – it could be
the key to the change that you seek.
Choosing to ACT aims to help people
to lead more satisfying lives using a
combination of cognitive strategies and
mindfulness techniques – therapies that are
supported by research and delivered by a
qualifi ed and experienced practitioner.
If you want to know more, or to have a
no-obligation chat about how this approach
could work for you, please get in touch.