NORTH Devon is being targeted with the latest sessions of a unique course to help carers overcome their isolation and lack of skills. The free St John Ambulance Carers Support Programme was launched last year and so far 40 carers in Exeter, Cullompton, H

NORTH Devon is being targeted with the latest sessions of a unique course to help carers overcome their isolation and lack of skills.The free St John Ambulance Carers' Support Programme was launched last year and so far 40 carers in Exeter, Cullompton, Honiton and Barnstaple have benefited.A four-session course is now being staged again in Barnstaple, giving local carers a range of help and advice on everything from basic first aid and managing continence, to coping with memory loss in older people, stress management and safer moving to reduce the risk of back injury.Emma Healey, St John Devon's community development manager, said: "The courses we have held so far have proven to make a real difference to those who attended. They have all spoken of their relief at being able to share their situations with others who will understand and the benefit of some training in practical issues."To be eligible for the free course, people have to be over 18 and care for someone over the age of 18, unpaid. The programme features four sessions of three hours over a six week period.The Barnstaple course will be held at the Castle Centre, Castle Street, Barnstaple on February 11 and 25 and March 3 and 10. Anyone wishing to attend should call Denise McDonald on (01271) 372811.