Tikva recognises that in addition to respite, parent-carers of disabled adult users need to be supported physically and emotionally to empower them in their beleaguering caring roles. Therefore, after consulting with them to identify their needs and wishes, we have designed a varied range of activities geared to improve their physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Many parent-carers are ageing and so tied down with their caring roles that they hardly consider themselves a person in their own right, thus the name Carving out ‘Me Time'.
Newsletters are distributed bi-annually to members detailing upcoming events and activities and providing pertinent news, advice and information.
As a direct result of Tikva’s activities, carers benefit enormously from peer support which has led to firm friendships being made. They also report increased physical and emotional wellbeing, increased stamina and reduced isolation.