Empowering better health and wellbeing for people with respiratory illness

A Breathing Space dance session in full swing

People in Northamptonshire with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are benefiting from dedicated support to make living with their condition easier.

Breathing Space is one of a number of local services available for people with respiratory illness, with fortnightly groups held at venues around the county to empower members to take control of their health and wellbeing.

As well as giving people regular access to clinical advice from a GP or specialist nurse, the groups provide support with relaxation, healthy eating, getting active, self-management and the practicalities of everyday living.

There’s also the chance to benefit from emotional support plus opportunities to share experiences with others and enjoy fun social activities.

The positive effects of Breathing Space have been demonstrated with reduced hospital admissions and GP appointments being seen among members.

Breathing Space is a county-wide service provided by Northamptonshire Carers in partnership with Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. It is commissioned and funded by Northamptonshire CCGs and Breathing Space groups are held in Corby, Daventry, Moulton, Raunds / Wellingborough and Upton.

Other services offering support and rehabilitation for people with COPD are also available around the county, including local Airways groups and Singing4Breathing choirs.

For more information about Breathing Space visit the Northamptonshire Carers website or call 01933 677837.

“It’s absolutely wonderful” – what service users have to say

“It’s like one great big family. That’s what’s so good about it. We’ve met plenty of people who’ve been in the same boat and made so many good friends.

“It makes me a little bit more outgoing in some ways. I’m quite a shy person but it helps me to open up, which has helped me in a lot of ways.

“I’d definitely say give it a try. If you don’t try you’ll never know. We tried it and we love it!”

Stephen Barnes, Daventry

“My doctor introduced me to Breathing Space six months ago and I’ve been doing it ever since.

“They’re really friendly in Corby and we all get on well. I bring my guitar sometimes and we have a sing-along!

“It’s made me more mindful and got me out meeting people. It gets me out of the house and I could do more after that because it spurs you on to do other things.”

Peter Green, Corby

“It’s absolutely wonderful. I can actually breathe and I feel so happy – it’s such a relief. It’s made my life complete!

“You can’t praise the staff enough and the camaraderie – I’ve never had so many friends! We all look after each other and we’re there for each other.

“My four children have noticed that I’m so much better than I ever was. If anybody needs help with this awful illness please come along to Breathing Space.”

Susanne Lucas, Northampton