Carers

In addition to caring for a loved one with addiction, they are living with a range of other challenges which can include financial difficulties, poverty, domestic violence.

Carers and other family members are often traumatised, isolated and living in fear. In addition to caring for a loved one with addiction, they are living with a range of other challenges which can include financial difficulties, poverty, domestic violence. They frequently feel unable to confide in their friends and wider family, struggling to cope by themselves.

They can take many years before seeking help and by that time, their physical and mental health can be severely affected. The most common person caring is Mum, but we also see other close family members and friends who are affected.

“You provided me with support so that I could support my son through a very difficult and dangerous part of his life.”

Our carers’ programme includes 1:1’s and groups. We understand the uniqueness of each family member’s situation and perspective. We aim to improve wellbeing, knowledge and awareness and understanding of substance misuse to improve carers’ and family member’s resilience, ability to cope and their capacity to protect other family members, especially children.

“I have grown as a mother, grandmother and person who has developed strategies to move forward on a day to day basis. Our lives are so much better now as a result of this support.”

@symes Community Building

Peterson Avenue, Hartcliffe

Bristol BS13 0BE

E info@hawkspring.org.uk

T 0117 964 2859

F 0117 978 4240