Gooderham is the host town for a free workshop for unpaid caregivers.

The workshop is put on by the Central East Self Management Program in partnership with Haliburton HighlandsHealth Services and is being held on August 13th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Robert McCausland Community Centre in Gooderham.

The confidential workshop is designed to help unpaid caregivers manage stress and self-care while being a caregiver to their loved ones or relatives.  According to Melissa McNamara, a facilitator of the workshop, stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed can lead to less care being taken when treating others. Self-care is important to being a proper caregiver to your loved ones. Often caregivers live in the same home as the person they care for, making it challenging to de-stress at times.

McNamara says that the program is only two years old but has seen an 80-percent graduation rate. This will be the second workshop of its kind to come to Haliburton County.