In November, St Christopher’s, with assistance from Animas, facilitated its first 3-day coaching training for 10 local people who have had the personal experience of caring for a loved one as they approached the end of life.
This marked the beginning of the testing phase of a new prototype, known as ‘Coach4Care,’ which aims to better support family carers of people with a serious, life-limiting illness. Our aim is to roll this innovative approach out more widely, after testing has been completed.
Ella Walding (fourth from the right) from the Innovation Unit, led on the design in partnership with St Christopher’s, as part of a national programme called Better Endings. The design involved both carers and professionals. Coach4Care offers an interesting and new approach to drawing on the experience and expertise of past carers to support those presently coping with the challenges of being a carer.
All 10 coaches have suffered a bereavement in the past few years but want their experience to benefit someone who is currently going through something similar. However, whilst learning how to utilise professional coaching tools and techniques to empower existing carers, it was clear that the coaches were also gaining personal insight and encouragement to support them on their own grief journeys.
Coaching training and supervision will be ongoing as Anna Warhurst (crouching at the front of the photo) our Coach4Care Lead, will not only coordinate recruitment and matching of coaches to carers but also organise regular ‘Leaning Lunches’ where additional tools can be introduced and learning reinforced. Anna and a steering group of professionals from St Christopher’s and Animas, will be available throughout to support and advise both coaches and carers.
21, November 2018