Taking part

Do you care for a child or young person aged up to 25 with special educational needs or disability?

Do you want to do something to improve your health and wellbeing?

Parent carer health and wellbeing is often overlooked. The Healthy Parent Carers programme provides information about small steps that parent carers can take every day to improve their health and wellbeing. It has been designed with parent carers.

Parent carers are invited to take part in NHS-funded research to compare different was of accessing the programme. If you sign up to participate, you will be allocated to either online information or weekly group sessions.

Previous participants said:

“There were times in my life when this course would have been a life-saver”

 “Give yourself time sometimes… do something for you”

 “Taking a moment to notice something else, something beautiful, helps you switch off from the things you worry about”

Parent carers are very busy, but can you give yourself some time for you?

This research is led by the PenCRU childhood disability research group with parent carers in our Family Faculty and the Council for Disabled Children.

The Healthy Parent Carers programme provides information about steps that parent carers can take every day to improve their health and wellbeing, using the acronym CLANGERS.

What will I be asked to do?

Participants will be randomly allocated to one of these Healthy Parent Carers programmes as part of the research study:

  • Online resources – providing information, links to videos, and activities for self-study to help parent carers learn about ways to improve their health and wellbeing.
  • Group programme – a series of six weekly group sessions (10:00am to 2:00pm) or twelve weekly group sessions (7:00pm-9:00pm), during the Spring or Summer term 2019, with a break for half term. These will be delivered by two trained parent carers.

To help us learn about your experience of taking part, we will ask you to provide details about yourself and fill in a questionnaire about your health and wellbeing, which will be repeated again at the end of the programme and 6 months later. We may also ask you to participate in telephone interview to provide more detailed feedback.

As a thank you, we will send you a £25 shopping voucher for completing each questionnaire and the interview, if invited.

Where can I find out more?

If you are interested in taking part or would like to find out more, please  and provide a phone number and the best time to ring, or ring us on 01392 722 968 to reserve your place. Please note spaces are limited.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details. You can also download the full Participant Information Sheet.

This research is NHS-funded and has been approved by an ethics committee.

The group programme sessions are being held in specific locations, days, and times in Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset, which are shown on the map below.


We can discuss your preferences for location, day, and time when you .