Congratulations to our first Coach4Care coaches!

Words Ella Walding

Last week ten ex-carers became the first Coach4Care coaches to offer support to carers and those they care for.  

About the service

Coach4Care is a new peer-led coaching service that helps carers looking after people with a life limiting illness improve their resilience, energy and well-being. Through the Better Endings programme, the service was co-designed with carers, ex-carers, health professionals, coaches and designers. Since the Better Endings programme ended in 2017, Coach4Care has been taken forward by St Christopher’s Hospice.

How it works

Peer-led coaching helps carers take action to improve their own resilience and well-being, as well as those they care for. Coach4Care recognises that caregivers are the experts of their own experiences and that they learn best from reflecting on these experiences, rather than told what to do. The coach’s role is not to have all of the answers, but to support carers to unlock their own capabilities and understanding.

Every Coach4Care coach is an experienced ex-carer. They are best placed to deliver support because they truly understand what it is like to care for someone with an illness. In addition to their own lived experiences, coaches receive training and ongoing support from professional coaching organisation Animas, enabling them to combine previous caring experience and new coaching skills in a rewarding and meaningful way.

The service uses the Double Diamond Coaching Model, created by carers for carers. The model is based on the Design Council’s double diamond and helps carers improve their resilience and well-being by helping them to reflect on their lives and develop positive coping strategies.

“A life changing and transformative interactive learning experience. The training moved me from being powerless to empowering other carers on their journey. Do this now, it will change your life.”Joe De Souza
Coach4Care Coach

Becoming a coach

Last week the first cohort of Coach4Care coaches received training and are about to be matched with carers.

“The first training was a triumphant success. It was moving and inspiring to hear everyone’s different experiences and how devoted they were to supporting others in similar circumstances. A tangible sense of hope, optimism and empowerment permeated over the three days, which allowed us to dive deep into the content and get hands on with the tools. The experience was energising for all those involved. I can’t wait to see them all in action.”Anna Warhurst
St Christopher’s Hospice

At the end of the training our new coaches celebrated as pioneers of the new Coach4Care model. They left feeling empowered and energised, and we could not be prouder of them. Their ability to listen, empathise and help others to make positive changes to improve their lives is truly inspiring.

If you are a carer and would like to receive coaching, please get in touch with Anna: a.warhurst@stchristophers.org

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