Carers relax at workshop

NRHNBE110729a1, Ripley Home carers being pampered at Field terrace community centre. Tina Cox and Susan Splading-Knott.
NRHNBE110729a1, Ripley Home carers being pampered at Field terrace community centre. Tina Cox and Susan Splading-Knott.
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A PAMPERING day was on the cards for Ripley home carers this week as part of a scheme launched by NHS Derbyshire County.

The Caring for Carers scheme, run in conjunction with the Derbyshire Carers Association, aims to provide vital respite days for those who look after ill or disabled loved ones .

This week the Field Terrace Community Centre, in Ripley, saw an aromatherapy and massage workshop enjoyed by 15 people, all of whom look after family members at home.

Expert Tina Cox, who runs an aromatherapy and reflexology clinic in Matlock, went along to teach the hard working carers some tricks of the trade – as well as letting them take the weight off and enjoy a massage themselves.

Breaks administration officer at Derbyshire Carers Association Kye Bell said the scheme aimed to provide people with important new skills they can take back to the caring environment.

She added: “The whole scheme is about providing events for carers so that they can learn new skills and make new friends. They definitely enjoyed the day– they all said how wonderful and relaxing it was.”