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We're supporting Carers' Week 2021

Date: 07 June 2021 to 31 December 2098

Today is the start of Carer’s Week, an annual event that aims to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges that unpaid carers face, while also celebrating the amazing contribution that they make to families and our local community.

This year’s theme is making caring visible and valued.

Caring responsibilities can impact on all areas of your life, from relationships and health, to work and finances.

Many people don’t think of themselves as carers, so don’t access the support that is available to them. You are a carer if you are looking after a family member or friend, unpaid, who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Help available for carers

Taking care of your health and wellbeing is essential when you are caring for someone, but it can be hard to find the time to meet your own needs.

There is lots of support out there, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few resources that you might find helpful:

Carers’ Health Team

Did you know that you can refer yourself to our Carers’ Health Team?

If you are over 18 years old and registered with a West Sussex GP, they can work with you to help reduce the strain of your caring role and make sure that you are linked in with local organisations who can offer you help with any specific issues.

More information is available here on our website, along with a short film explaining a bit more about the service. Alternatively you can contact the team on 01243 623521 or SC-TR.carerwellbeing@nhs.net

Not sure whether you should get in touch?

Some people don't realise that they are a carer, or think of themselves as such, because they're simply looking after a loved one. But does any of the following sound familiar?

The following comments have been made by people about their experience of being a carer:

"I was socialising with friends who were planning a holiday and I had been invited, but then it dawned on me that I had to find “care” for my mum to enable me to go. The realisation that my life was now very different was really hard... I love my mum to bits, but sometimes I wish for a break from the caring role and from worrying if she is ok or not." - Carer 1.

"I’ve found the transition from mother to carer very complex and there have been a lot of new demands around maintaining my son’s safety, due to a decline in his mental wellbeing. This has affected the parenting of my other child. It's difficult to do everyday things, such as dropping her at a friend’s house, as I can't leave my son alone at home. How do I manage this best alone, as I am also a single parent?" - Carer 2

The team regularly receives great feedback from carers who have had a positive experience with the team. If you are unsure about asking them for help, why not read this feedback?

"The care and advice I received from the Carers' Health Team was exceptional. They were very easy to talk to, very interested in me, and gave me some helpful information. It was very reassuring." - Carer 3

"I really felt that the team member was helping me to understand how important it was for me, as a carer, to look after myself as well. She was such a lovely lady with a lot of compassion and empathy. I really appreciated all the information she gave me. Thank you." - Carer 4

"I was listened to. They helped me feel worthwhile, and it was nice to have advice. I found I could talk freely and not hold back on any questions I wanted answered." - Carer 5

Carer’s Support West Sussex

An independent charity supporting nearly 90,000 family and friend carers in West Sussex, they can provide information and guidance along with practical and emotional support. They also run support groups, carry out carer’s assessments and can provide equipment to help you in your caring role.

Visit their website www.carerssupport.org.uk or call their helpline on 0300 028 8888.

Care for the Carers, East Sussex

An independent charity supporting carers in East Sussex, they can provide free practical and emotional advice – face to face, by telephone, or online. They can put you in touch with other carers, and help you navigate the range of services available locally, plus there are support groups, training programmes and events.

Visit their website www.cftc.org.uk for more information.

Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove

Supporting carers across the city, including young carers, to stay well in their caring role and get the support they need with all aspects of being a carer. It includes emotional support, advocacy, guidance and information, legal advice and help for employers.

Visit their website www.thecarerscentre.org for further details.

Carers UK 
The national charity supporting carers across the UK, the offer a huge amount of advice and support on everything you need to support you in your caring role. You can find everything on their website www.carersuk.org

Their Upfront Guide to Caring is particularly useful if you are a new carer.

What’s happening this Carers’ Week?

Carer’s Support West Sussex is running a whole programme of events throughout the week, including:

  • Activities such as walking and yoga
  • Cooking demonstrations and nutritional information
  • Arts and crafts workshops and masterclasses
  • A Q&A with the Carers’ Health Team

You can find the full programme, including how to sign up, on their website.