Our vision is to provide a network of therapists throughout Norfolk providing massage, reflexology and other beneficial therapies to unpaid carers free of charge.
We are seeking funding to pay participating therapists for their time ensuring that TherapyAid continues as a high quality sustainable service.
So happy, pleased and proud to announce that Sir Norman Lamb has agreed to be our Patron
and also that we have won
Janey Lee Grace Well-Being Charity of the Year 2019
A Brief Overview
The Jackie Hamilton School of Therapies is an accredited school that has been successfully training adults in massage, reflexology, sports massage therapy, aromatherapy and anatomy and physiology since 2005.
The TherapyAid Committee was formalised in April 2019 by Jackie and a number of her tutors and graduates who are now seeking charitable status with the support and advice of Community Action Norfolk. This takes time. Happily we have already received funding (details bottom of the page).
Why Unpaid/Informal Carers?
Our experience as professional therapists has given us an insight into the tremendous job that unpaid and informal carers do.
They save the NHS approximately £130 billion a year and Norfolk services £1.6 billion a year, and they do so without thought to their own well-being and mental and emotional health. Often their only complaints are a few aches and pains, but we know from experience that it goes much deeper than that.
Giving unpaid carers some dedicated time to de-stress and rebalance means that they will be in a better position to care for their loved ones, and are more likely to stay in better health themselves.
About the Therapists
The Jackie Hamilton School of Therapies has a huge network of quality graduates trained to national standards as well as connections to many other quality therapists throughout Norfolk.
This means that all participating therapists will; be checked for Level 3 (or equivalent) qualifications on the National Occupational Standards, belong to a recognised national association, hold current insurance, a first aid certificate and a valid DBS certificate.
Our Patron, Sir Norman Lamb:
One minute video from our 18th May 2019 mini Integrated Health conference, when he said:
The service you can provide through TherapyAid for unpaid carers will make such a difference for people living in our county .
I’ve got enormous admiration for people who give of themselves totally, , unsung heroes – who don’t shout about what they do but just get on with caring for their loved one. Often in quite difficult and trying circumstances.
What you can offer I think can be life changing, can in a way make life really worth living for people, so I strongly endorse what you are trying to do through this charity
How will it work?
The service from TherapyAid will eventually be available to any unpaid carer supporting a Norfolk resident who is affected by a disability or long term health condition. Carers will be entitled to receive up to five treatments free of charge from participating therapists. To start this process we are concentrating on Norwich and then we will gradually spread out to the whole of Norfolk.
They may be referred to TherapyAid by the care groups we are in contact with such as Carers Matter, Norfolk Family Carers, Chill4usCarers, AgeUK, as well as care agencies and GPs.
Having a network of participating therapists through the county will give the carer the option of being treated at home or in a nearby clinic, therefore making the most of any respite they have.
How will it be measured?
To measure the impact of its service TherapyAid will use the Measure Yourself Concerns and Well-Being (MYCaW) tool. MYCAW is a validated and recognised tool which measures whether a service has been effective by using a simple point scale before and after treatment to create meaningful qualitative data.
Contact Jackie Hamilton, Kerrie Wittred or Dawn Dean
Help us to make this happen
There are approximately 100,000 unpaid carers in Norfolk (who save Norfolk £1.6 billion a year) and we aim to help as many as we can to experience a massage or reflexology treatment and see what difference it makes to them – to enable to them to continue caring.
There are many ways you can get involved.
Simply by buying on line through EasyFunding – at no cost to you – buying from Amazon, John Lewis and any number of retailers through Easyfunding means the companies give us donations!
Donate directly into TherapyAid bank: Sort Code: 51 70 02 Account number 76139476
Or through this link:
Perhaps you could support us by giving your time voluntarily to help with funding, legal matters, money matters. We know massage, sports, reflexology and how to train, educate, inform and motivate – but we are new to charity world – this might just be what you are looking for – making a difference in your own community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Perhaps you could support us by giving your time voluntarily to help with funding, legal matters, money matters. We know massage, sports, reflexology and how to train, educate, inform and motivate – but we are new to charity world – this might just be what you are looking for – making a difference in your own community. Email email@example.com
Your gift can help unpaid carers in the following ways:
£25 will provide a massage or reflexology treatment (other treatment) for an unpaid carer.
£100 will provide 5 massage or reflexology treatments (or other treatments). The therapists are paid for 4 treatments and they give the fifth one free of charge as a donation to and support for TherapyAid and the unpaid carers.
Meet our amazing team.
Contact us to get started.
We’d love to hear from you to talk about our projects, please get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you are part of a healthcare, social care team, please email us.
If you are an unpaid carer – please email us!
Contact Jackie Hamilton, Kerrie Wittred or Dawn Dean
Phone Jackie: 07971596117
If you are an unpaid carer or know someone who is, please know that at the moment we can only offer treatments to those living from NR1 to NR5. Our funding is quite specific in that way. We are seeking funding to spread into more of Norfolk and any updates will be put on here. In the meantime, if you would like to write to us here firstname.lastname@example.org we can send you the relevant forms and get the ball rolling’
These very short videos and testmonials will help us establish the need for reflexology, massage and other beneficial treatments to unpaid carers. What a difference it can make to the carers’ health and well-being which directly impacts on the quality and quantity of care they are able to provide, as Freda testifies.
Should carers not be able to cope, responsibility moves to the NHS and community costing tax payers and lowering the well-being of those cared for. Not an outcome anyone would like to see.
- Our pilot scheme started in June and we have over 10 therapists giving four free therapies to unpaid carers and charting their progress. We are asking if they wouldn’t mind doing a video testimonial for us. Please watch out for more.
Testimonial from Freda, Michelle Lightfoot’s Client who is an Unpaid Carer and received 4 reflexology treatments on our Pilot Scheme. * Please share
Well done Michelle and thank you to the lovely Freda for agreeing to give her testimonial on video for us.
Janet’s client was very sceptical before he started having treatments and was surprised how differently he felt mentally and physically. He didn’t even realise that he needed the ’time out’ and he says he has more patience with his wife now. What a difference it has made to him and his wife. 1 minute video
Hayley had never had reflexology before. A busy mum, with a child with autism, also a Trustee of a charity : SENsational Families – supporting families who have children with special and educational needs, she was feeling very stressed. Reflexology with one of our Trustees, Kerrie Wittred has had an amazing affect on her – all for the better!
News and Events
Dussindale Park Nursing Home – giving hand massages for donations at their garden fete
SENsational Families Well-Being event in Castle Mall, Norwich 10 – 2. We have a stand and will be giving and teaching hand massage and hand reflexology to visitors.
7th August 6 – 7pm
6pm to 7pm – learn a Back Neck and Shoulder Massage with Jackie
21st August, 2019 6 – 7pm
Jackie Hamilton School – Reflexology workshop donation to TherapyAid Link here for payment
6pm to 7pm – learn relaxation techniques and thumb walking with Jackie
Fund Raising Event at Jackie Hamilton School
6th November 2019
Quiz night – with Fish and Chip Supper – in Norwich
Exciting News ! we have our first funding 12th August 2019
We are thrilled to let you know that we have funding from: