Carers' News - Issue 24 January 2023
Carers Leads at NSFT would like to wish all carers a happy peaceful new year.
If you wish to contact a Carers Lead please do so using the Carers Q & A email at
the bottom of this newsletter.
Course to help PD support
Are you a carer for someone with Personality Disorder or complex emotional needs?
We are developing a four-part workshop bringing people together to share skills and knowledge, and support one another.
The course has been developed in collaboration with carers and people with lived experience of personality difficulties and/or a personality disorder diagnosis, throughout.
We are looking for carers to take part in a pilot to give feedback.
This will take place via Zoom, one evening per week, for four weeks. Each session is 2 to 2½ hours, with breaks, and there will be support with the IT should you need it.
Topics will include:
- Exploring personality and personality difficulties Supporting someone with difficult emotions
- Looking after ourselves in the short-term and long-term
- Evidence-based treatments
- Signposting support for carers
- Sharing resources, experiences, and advice
If you are interested, please send your name and contact email, to: Anya.Jarvais@nsft.nhs.uk
Stepping back safely workshops
Stepping back safely workshops are accessible to carers supporting people18+, at risk of self-harm and suicide and under NSFT services.
They will provide carers with skills and tools to help manage risk, while also raising awareness of safety planning.
They are delivered outside normal working hours for those juggling work commitments and their caring role.
Book a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be asked to provide the following information:
- The age of cared-for person (must be 18+)
- Name of ward / team supporting the person you care for.
- The next workshop is Wednesday 25 January 6-8.30pm.
Knitters making winter warmers
Mental Health Nurse Trudy Sayell, who is based at Chatterton House in King’s Lynn, has spent the past year working alongside mum Corinne to create colourful blankets, gloves, mittens and hats for vulnerable older people in NSFT’s care.
They have donated around 50 items to people across west Norfolk so far, including lap blankets for service users with dementia.
“We’ll continue making items throughout next year and would love other people to get involved. They can either donate new balls of wool, or create items themselves using patterns available online.
“We would love to be able to extend the scheme to our adult and children and young people’s services as I’m sure it would make a real difference.”
Anyone who would like to donate a new ball of wool or a new handmade item can leave them at Chatterton House, Goodwin’s Road, King’s Lynn.
Email us direct at carersQAservice@nsft.nhs.uk