Carer Health Trainer

Are you looking after someone but want to get healthier?

The Carer Health Trainer service is currently available for adult carers who are looking after someone with long term illness or dementia and who live in, or are registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire.

Our Carer Health Trainer has both personal and professional experience in caring and is aware that keeping yourself healthy can be difficult whilst caring for someone. Caring can be very rewarding but we understand it can have a detrimental impact on your own health. Our Carer Health Trainer has a wealth of training and expertise to guide and support you to lead a healthier life.

If you would like to improve your health and wellbeing, we can work with you to make changes that could make a real impact to your daily lifestyle, however big or small. With 1-2-1 support there will be no looking back.

How will a Carer Health Trainer help?

With this service you will be assigned your own Carer Health Trainer who will help you to set realistic, health related goals. They will offer support and understanding every step of the way. Your Health Trainer will work with you to find out what changes you could make and, with 6 sessions of healthy lifestyle support, they can help you with many elements of your health such as;

  • Healthy eating
  • Losing weight
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Reducing stress

Who can get healthy with us?

Any family cares who are looking after someone with long term illness or dementia who lives in, or is registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire who wants to make a healthy lifestyle change.

Hi I’m Sue, the Carer Health Trainer for Healthy You.

A little bit about me – I have over 20years of personal experience in caring – as I looked after both my parents, I know first hand how caring can take over all aspects of your life and finding the time for anything else can be difficult. With hindsight, I now know, I should have taken the time to look after myself both physically and mentally, you cannot drink from an empty cup! Its not being selfish but it enables you to stay healthy to do the best for your loved ones.

I have also worked in carer support roles for Cambridgeshire County council, Alzheimer’s Society and Caring Together along with 6 years experience as a care manager. Carers have always been at the heart of my career choices.

This service is not about joining a gym or running a marathon, its about supporting you to have a healthier lifestyle by setting targets and goals to make healthier changes so that it becomes natural. I will support you to this for up to a year with 6 sessions which will be scheduled at a convenient time for you. The changes could be about healthier eating, increasing how much you move, losing weight or reducing stress.


Help available for carers from Caring Together

Caring Together is a leading charity supporting carers of all ages across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk.  They provide information and advice, run services in our local communities and campaign so that carers have choices.  A carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, and cannot cope without their support.  Caring Together is a network partner of Carers Trust and has grown significantly over the past ten years, providing more services and more help for family carers and their families across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk.

They are the leading local fully Care Quality Commission compliant organisation providing respite care specifically for family carers. You can find out more about what is available to you by calling their specialist carer services team on 0345 241 0954 or you can email hello@caringtogether.org