Hope Programme for Parent Carers of autistic children

8th July 2020

“Caring Together, Carers Trust Heart of England and Northamptonshire Carers have partnered with Hope For The Community CIC to run online Hope Programme courses to support parents of autistic children starting 13th July and 24th August 2020.

The Hope Programme is a free 6-week online group self-management programme for parents and caregivers of autistic children to help them cope with life during and after lockdown – to help them feel more in control and more resilient.

The course was co-created with parents and with researchers at Coventry University to make sure it is rooted in science.

Each week it covers topics like:
• managing stress
• smarter goal setting
• gratitude
• character strengths
• physical activity
• eating well
• coping with fatigue
• practicing mindfulness
• communication and relationships

The course includes quizzes, worksheets, audio and video materials, interactive activities and social networking via email and forums. Participants are supported throughout by trained facilitators.

The course can be accessed from PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The course is not delivered in a way for people to be on “at the same time”. Parents and carers will have access to the course 24/7. It takes about 2 hours to go through the materials each week, but they can do this at their own pace and time that suits.

We delivered pilot courses with a group of parents and many found the course helped them to feel better with their child’s diagnosis and family life.

Start dates: 13th July 2020 and 24th August 2020

Sign-up and more info: https://bit.ly/AT-HOPE

This project is funded/part funded by Carers Trust. In light of service changes due to COVID-19, Carers Trust is supporting and piloting innovation across the UK.

Click here for a poster and more information.

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