Online support group: Loneliness support group

Next session: starts Wednesday 26th June

Time: 12:30pm

Number of group sessions: 6

Frequency: Fortnightly – so every other Wednesday for 12 weeks until 18 September

Who is it for?

This regular online peer support session is for carers who are struggling with feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

What is the group about?

We know that being a family carer of someone with dementia can be a lonely experience. Carers often talk about feeling isolated, and this session will provide an opportunity for carers to meet, talk together about their shared experiences, and learn from each other that they are not alone. This will be a safe space for family and other unpaid carers of people living with dementia to meet and share their experiences, challenges and feelings, and to learn from each other. This session will give carers time to talk and share what they feel comfortable with, in the hope that they would feel more confident and less alone. The group will be facilitated by an experienced specialist practitioner who is there to support and help guide and connect carers.

What will happen in the group session?

This Zoom session will give carers time to talk and share what they feel comfortable with, in the hope that they would feel more confident and less alone. You don’t have to talk if you aren’t ready, just come along and listen, and see if it’s for you.

Dr Gemima Fitzgerald will lead this online support group for dementia carers overcoming feelings of loneliness and isolation

Who is leading the group?

The group will be facilitated by Dr Gemima Fitzgerald – an experienced clinical psychologist who is there to help support carers.

Why we are running this group?

In 2023 our carers survey told us that carers feel alone and isolated. Connecting carers together is important for wellbeing and reducing isolation, and offering an online option to do this reaches carers who may find it difficult to attend groups in person.

One of the most isolating thoughts that many carers have is that no one else understands what they are going through. While it’s true that everyone’s individual experiences are different, there are some common themes that emerge time and time again for many carers.

This group can offer the space and time for carers to talk and to feel that they are listened to and supported, and to realise that they are not alone. It is a safe space to connect with others for emotional support.

Do I have to come to every session?

We hope that this becomes a regular fixture in your schedule for as long as it’s helpful. But you don’t have to attend every session.

Register now

Register now, and receive your joining link by email:

If you can’t find what you are looking or need more information, email our friendly team at support@dementiacarers.org.uk or call us on 020 3096 7895

What to expect

All of our events are free to unpaid carers but we ask you to register so we know who’s coming.

Group sessions last up to 1.5 hours, and usually continue for as many months as participants want (on the same day and time each fortnight).

The groups are small and informal to ensure that everyone has the chance to ask questions and connect with other carers. We do like to see people’s faces but understand if you would like to keep your camera off.

There is always time built in to reflect on what we’ve discussed and, if you choose to, share how it relates to your own situation.