Feeling optimistic with aromatherapy – Wendy’s story

Wendy was referred to Hopeful families for support relating to caring for two autistic children and her mum. She is married with five children, three of whom are grown up.

She felt overwhelmed and was open to explore ideas to support her respite of caring and find more ‘me’ social time.

Wendy does have regular health visits due to a ‘pre-diabetic stage. She copes by eating and is keen to improve motivational support. She was not able to access slimming world or purchase healthy food due to money.

Wendy was seeking support to reflect on coping, attend slimming groups and eating more healthily. She is attending less social activities and feels time constraints make social interactions difficult.

We discussed the value of the NHS ‘live well’ service and a life coach to help her reflect on herself and what aims are relevant for her future life direction.

Wendy was referred to mindfulness to support relaxation techniques. She was also supported to set aims with her life coach, which gave an aim of Aromatherapy. She found this was empowering.

She was also supported with searches, costing and practise items to enrol and complete a course, and had a carers assessment.

Hopeful families were able to fund a slimming world pass to support her aims with weight loss.

The funds available through Hopeful families enabled her to access Aromatherapy training and fund practice items. Wendy attended Barnsley college to do a one-year training course, which gives her hope for future work around caring needs.

She attended two full weekends of practical aromatherapy massage and achieved a qualification, which will help with her future work progression. She was able to join in with some social activities and although money remains tight, she feels better informed and aware of how money will be impacted if she secures work.

Wendy has lost some weight and improved her healthy eating, with some food bank support during her time on programme. She has received support with Christmas gifts and activities, carer support and her community links knowledge has improved. She is now a lady who shows strong resilience.

Wendy is highly motivated and holds clear aims for her future, showing an improvement in optimism, but always willing and someone who is able to seek solutions.

We wish her all the very best for her future, with her drive she will do well, showing a calm and approachable and caring manner. Her high values and her course in Aromatherapy will support her future. Her stance is one that automatically makes people feel comfortable and from this, she will get repeat custom when she plans to do self-employment in the future due to good customer service and her lovely manner.

Feedback comments taken from feedback forms:

“I found the information I had very useful about courses and help with care needs. It was a very helpful and friendly positive service with the help very relaxed.

“Thank you for all your support and encouragement. My mentor is very happy and an easy person to work with and talk to – it was nice that the focus was on me’