Co-created by real carers - you can learn the skills and confidence to stand up for your rights and receive the care and attention you need.
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“It is good to have recognition of the caring role and to feel connected with others who may have similar experiences and feelings. It is also inspiring to know that there may be ways to use our experiences in a constructive way to help others and to make changes for the future."
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We run these four sessions on a regular basis...
Introduction to tide
Find out about what we do and how you can get involved, you can meet and hear from carer members across the UK and find out more about what they have done with tide.
You can watch the recorded sessions for Introduction to tide and Introduction to tide Pro here
You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup
You will be looking at your own emotional wellbeing and how to look after it both throughout any involvement with tide and beyond. Talking about our own experiences or what is happening in our own lives is an extremely emotive process and this workshop aims to help understand the triggers and will give you key practical tools to use both throughout any activities with tide and in every day life.
Getting Your Point Across – Ask, Negotiate, Advocate
We often hear from carers that they feel that they have to fight and battle for everything and in a system that is stretched and where resources are limited this will more than likely continue to be the case. As carers, you will be involved in phone calls and meetings with a variety of different professionals where you will have to advocate on behalf of yourself or the person you care for in order to try and get the support, help and services you need. When you are in these types of situations it can be very overwhelming, the conversations can be very emotional and there can be anger, sadness, and frustration which can become barriers to being heard. We will take you through some strategies and give you some hints and tips from our toolbox to help you be prepared for these conversations and to help you get your point across effectively.
What we are going to talk about:
- Phone Call or Meeting Toolbox
- Tips for Negotiating Effectively
- Safe, Constructive ways to Question
- Your Right to be Involved, Participate, and Feedback
- Complaining Effectively
Living Grief and Bereavement
Feelings and behaviours of grief and bereavement are very much permitted and accepted in society when there is loss of life. The common assumption is that they only occur when there has been a death. When caring for someone with Dementia you can experience feelings of grief and bereavement when the person is still living. When someone is still living you are told “Be Strong” or “At Least” and encouraged to suppress these feelings as an act of bravery, strength or staying positive. There is little awareness, acknowledgment or understanding about feelings of grief and bereavement when a person is still living – but when you care for someone with dementia, loss does not just mean loss of life…
What we are going to talk about:
- Trigger points and different circumstances where you may feel feelings of grief and bereavement
- Unspoken thoughts and feelings
- Advice from other carers who have experienced this
- Hints and tips in supporting you with these feelings
We also run various additional sessions as and when required. These include:
Setting up Local Groups
Influencing as a Group
Speaking to Influence
All the sessions are a great opportunity to learn more about your caring role, spend time with other carers on the network and meet people who you might not have the chance to meet face to face.