In February, the Richmond Family & Friend Caregiver Hub is launching a new support group for men who provide unpaid care to an older adult.
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New support group for male caregivers launching next month
Published 2:37 PST, Mon January 23, 2023
The Richmond Family & Friend Caregiver Hub, a program of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG), is launching a new, monthly support group for male caregivers.
The free sessions are open to men of any age who provide unpaid care to an older adult, whether a family member, friend, or neighbour.
“Male caregivers have unique experiences and challenges,” says Carol Dickson, manager of RCRG’s seniors community support services. “We want to provide a space where they can connect with their peers and strengthen their support networks.”
Beginning on Feb. 17, the group will meet on the third Friday of every month at South Arm Community Centre. The sessions will be conducted in English, with Chinese translation available upon request.
“When you become a caregiver, it can feel overwhelming,” says Dickson. “Support groups like this one are an important outlet, allowing caregivers to speak openly about their successes, but also the more stressful aspects of their role. They get to see that they’re not alone.”
To register for the Male Caregiver Support Group, or to request more information, call 604-279-7099 or email email@example.com.
People can also visit the Caregiver Hub online at rcrg.org/caregivers. The website includes a complete list of services as well as a calendar of upcoming workshops and events.