Swanswell launches new support groups for Barnsley carers affected by someone’s substance misuse

28 January 2013

New support groups for carers of people affected by substance misuse are being set up in Barnsley by Swanswell.

The national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, will be running three sessions every week around the town, offering advice and information for carers of friends or relatives affected by alcohol or drugs use.

In Barnsley, Swanswell already operates a Carer Support Service – part of Barnsley’s integrated treatment system – offering emotional and practical support on a range of topics from carers allowance applications to understanding a loved one’s treatment.

As the demand for this service continues to grow, the charity’s making more sessions available to more people, by taking its support to even more communities.

Three new groups will be running in and around the Barnsley area every week with sessions lasting two hours each, in addition to the regular support offered through Swanswell’s Carer Support Service at Henry Windsor House, 13 Pitt Street, Barnsley.  

From 01 February 2013, a support group for carers living in or near Penistone will meet every Friday at St John’s Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, from 1.00pm to 3.oopm.

Carers in Goldthorpe and the Dearne area will be able to get help and information at a support group held every Tuesday between 1.00pm and 3.00pm at The Dearne Enterprise Centre, 1 Barnburgh Lane, Goldthorpe, from 05 February 2013.

Meanwhile, carers living in or near Barnsley town centre will be able to meet for support every Wednesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm from 06 February 2013 at the Carer’s Cabin, Metrodome Leisure Centre, Queens Road, Barnsley.

Jeni Upperdine, Senior Practitioner at Swanswell’s Carer Support Service in Barnsley, said: ‘For every person affected by an alcohol - or drug - problem there is usually at least one family member or friend trying to support them.

Although they’re in a caring role which can take up much of their life, they often don’t seek help because they’re ashamed about the situation they’re in, or they’re not aware of what support is available.

So Swanswell’s Carer Support Service is taking its help out to more communities, making it easier for people to get the advice they need so they can get their own lives back on track while continuing to support the friend or relative they care for.’

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