Breathing Space

At The Elder Tree we exist to support older people to continue to live independently.

One group of individuals we want to support are the the informal, unpaid carers of those living with dementia. 

These carers often experience loneliness and isolation because of their challenging situation. They often do not want to be away from their loved one for a considerable period of time but are looking for a break in their week and time to be with others who are experiencing similar situations and understand the challenges.

Our weekly Breathing Space groups are specifically for these carers, co-located with groups for their loved ones living with dementia. Two separate spaces are provided, one led by our project worker for those living with dementia, with activities and games. The second space in the same building is for the carer to get some respite and peer support, facilitated by one of our amazing volunteers. 

The format of these groups are co-designed with our carers to support their needs and wants, whether that is peer support and sharing tea and cake, or a specific activity which can be as diverse as a walk, craft activity or even a singing session.