Self Support Programme

Living With A Long Term Condition Programme

The LWLTC is a FREE six-week programme which is delivered one day a week for 2.5 hours. It aims to support people with a long- term health or medical condition, to maintain their health and improve their quality of life. The course has been designed to help people with chronic or long term illness regain as much control over their physical and emotional wellbeing as possible. It compliments existing health care programmes and treatments, empowering participants to be more informed and take back control of their lives.

Topics covered include healthy eating, relaxation, appropriate physical exercise, dealing with pain, fatigue, stress and depression, and communicating effectively with friends, family and health professionals. It also provides a forum to meet with others and share experiences.

The LWLTC Programme is for anyone who has one or more long-term health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), depression, diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart disease, sickle cell, HIV, ME/chronic fatigue, chronic pain or any other condition. The course is also available and has proved to be beneficial for carers of someone with a long term condition. The programme is delivered by two volunteer tutors who themselves live with long-term conditions and can give practical advice based on their own life experience.

Feedback for the programme has been great.

People have said that the programme has really helped them to feel more positively about life, as well as advising on practical changes they can make to improve their wellbeing.What people who have attended the courses say;

“This was an excellent course providing a variety of strategies to help me live more effectively with a long-term condition with all its accompanying problems and ongoing symptoms and issues”

“It was good to meet people with the same problems due to their health and discuss these things”

“I feel ready now to look for a job”

“Due to this course I am more inclined to go out and socialise with strangers as I have more confidence and have made friends”

 “Helped me to look forward to a more positive future”

 “Fantastic tutors, friendly, likeable, easy to talk to and they listen and really understand”

The Living with A Long Term Condition Programme

Take control of your health by learning new skills one day each week lasting two and a half hours for six weeks, refreshments provided.

Having any long-term health condition brings about changes to your life. You can choose what you want to do about those changes. If you choose to take control, you can actively pursue ways to manage your condition and your life better.

Thursday 19th March 2020

Time: 13.30 – 16.00

Location: Tesco Community Room, Clay Cross

Friday 27th March 2020

Time: 12.30 – 15.00

Location: Eckington Library Market Street Eckington

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Time: 10.30 – 13.00

Location: Buxton Library Bank Road Buxt

Tuesday 14th April 2020

Time: 10.30 – 15.00

Location: Ripley Library, Grosvenor Road Ripley

Thursday 11th June 2020

Time: 13.30 – 16.00

Location: Chesterfield Fire Station Braidwood Way Chesterfield

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Time: 10.30 – 13.00

Location: Meadow View Care Centre Bakewell Road Matlock

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Time: 10.30 – 13.00

Location: Swadlincote Fire Station Community Room

Friday 19th June 2020

Time: 13.30 – 16.00

Location: Ilkeston Fire Station Community Room

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Contact the Self Support team 

For further information or to reserve a space on one of the courses please return the referral form or alternatively you can contact us via phone. 

Please print, fill it out and return to us via the email provided.