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Carers' Voices 

Having your say on the big issues

New peer support group for ethnically diverse carers
Diversity Resource International (DRI) are working with Care for the Carers to hear how carers from ethnically diverse backgrounds in East Sussex may find it more difficult to reach out for help due to cultural and language barriers. Join a peer support group for carers from ethnically diverse communities to connect with other carers and look at barriers and experiences of accessing and engaging with local carers support and services. Online using Zoom. Wednesday 30th June, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Book and find out more here.

In-patient mental health services' consultation
The local NHS have launched a consultation on proposals to improve in-patient mental health services for adults, older people and those living with dementia in East Sussex. The consultation is open until 6 September. You can take an online survey here or participate with online and face to face engagements. More information is here.


Breaks or breakdowns - Carers Week Report
Research released for Carers Week found that carers lost, on average, 25 hours of support a month they previously had from services or family and friends before the pandemic. 72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role at all. Of those who got a break, a third used the time to complete practical tasks or housework, and a quarter to attend their own medical appointments. Read the full report here.

Mental health survey for men living in Hastings & St. Leonards
A new men's mental health project in Hastings is delivering a community-based approach to supporting men’s mental health, to gain a better understanding of what support men are accessing and how men in Hastings are looking after their mental health. Find out more about the project here. If you are a male living in Hastings and would like to give your feedback, please complete this survey here

Young people caring for someone with drinking problems
Carers Trust are asking Young Carers and Young Adult Carers, who support someone with drinking problems, to complete their survey so that they can better understand young carers' needs and influence key decision makers. Take the survey here


Healthwatch East Sussex annual event
Healthwatch East Sussex are holding their annual event on Wednesday 21st July, 10am-1pm. Hear about their achievements over the last 12 months and give your views on their plans for the future. You can also hear from key partners on local issues and ask questions about health and social care services in East Sussex. Online using Zoom. More information and register here.

Mental health services relocation consultation
East Sussex CCG and Sussex Partnership are consulting on their proposal to move in-patient mental health services at the Department of Psychiatry in Eastbourne to a new site, either in North East Bexhill or around Amberstone Hospital, near Hailsham. Throughout the 12-week consultation period there are opportunities to get involved and share your feedback. Three online focus groups for mental health service users and carers and family members will be taking place via Zoom during the week of 12th July–16th July. To take part, email: kara.stedman@ors.org.uk.

News

COVID-19 vaccination for carers, and support during the pandemic
If you are a carer and haven't yet accessed your Covid-19 vaccination, remember that this is available to you and that carers are considered a priority group. This includes anyone who is eligible for Carer’s Allowance, or who is the main carer for someone whose welfare may be at risk if their carer fell ill.

Currently there are two ways that you can access a vaccination:

  1. Register with Care for the Carers, your local carers’ organisation, and we will help you access the local vaccination services via your GP-led local vaccination service, or:
  2. Book online via the national booking service here: nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, or by calling 119.
Pop-up vaccination clinics
Adults can attend a number of local walk-in clinics this week without an appointment, just bring one form of ID (photo ID not required). For more information, dates and venues, visit Sussex Health and Care Partnership's website here

Full information is available on our website here which is updated as the vaccination process develops. As lockdown eases, you can check the latest information on COVID-19 support and Government measures on our website here.

Barbara and Hazel are doing a skydiveA giant leap for carers!
Supporter, Barbara, is skydiving to raise money for our work to help more carers. Barbara and her granddaughter, Hazel, will be jumping an amazing 10,000 feet. Find out more about their incredible dive and sponsor them here.

A big Carers Week thank you
Thanks to everyone who took part in Carers Week. Carers attended events throughout the week, organisations, businesses and carers joined in on social media and carers were featured on BBC Radio Sussex speaking about their experiences. Listen to Oliver,11, speaking about caring for his mum (wind on to 26:34)  and Anna who cares for her husband (wind on to 1:24:15). Jennifer Twist, CEO, Care for the Carers, spoke to Uckfield FM about carers. Listen here

Volunteers' stories
We celebrated and recognised our volunteers during Volunteers Week who offer valuable support to carers in East Sussex. Our volunteers provide a phone-listening service and counselling for carers, host carer support groups, fundraise and are Trustees. Lauren and Sharon spoke to us about their volunteering roles and how they help carers. Read Lauren's story here and Sharon's story here.  

CareLine magazine
The summer edition of CareLine is out now. Read about a carer's experience of her mental health carers group, support for ethnically diverse carers and a guide to make a Lasting Power of Attorney. Plus more! If you haven't signed up to receive your print or email copy, get in touch and we can arrange to send it to you. 


Carers and physical activity
Carers UK's new report focusing on `Carers and Physical Activity' looks at ways to support carers, aged 55 plus, to take part in activities. Carers being active leads to an increase in life satisfaction and happiness, and a decrease in anxiety. Find out more about the report and ideas on how carers are staying active here.

Support and help for carers

New digital resources for carers
We have launched new, digital resources for carers. Easily register for free access to information, e-learning, videos and guides on a range of carers topics and the Jointly App to help carers look after the person they care for. More information and register on our website.


Free Employers for Carers membership
We’re also making Employers for Carers membership available for free to employers with up to 250 staff, to empower employers to support their staff who are also unpaid carers. Membership includes free carer awareness training, networking events and resources to help managers support carers. To access this free membership, employers can create a new account at: efcdigital.org and use the code: EFC3722.

Access, barriers and solutions presentation
The Eastbourne Blind Society are holding an online presentation on 'Access, barriers and solutions' for disabled customers in Eastbourne. Wednesday 28th July, 10.30am-12.30pm, online using Zoom. Guest speakers include local retail and hospitality representatives, Eastbourne Hospitality Association, Visit Eastbourne, Marks and Spencer, plus more. You can use this link to join the meeting, put the date in your diary.


The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme 
This scheme helps support and raise awareness of those living with a hidden disability. Wearing the Sunflower will let others around you know that you may need some additional support. The Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) has a number of sunflower lanyards to distribute in Eastbourne and the surrounding area. For more information, email: hello@eastbournedaa.co.uk or telephone: 01323 385285. Further information about the scheme is here

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee podcasts
A popular health podcast in the UK, this series of podcasts features Dr. Chatterjee and experts in health who give information and advice for health and happiness. You can pick up some simple tips that work for you and that fit around a busy schedule. More information here.

Events and activities for carers

Cooking course for male carers, starts tomorrow 29th June 
Join a hands-on, five-week cookery course for male carers. Learn to prepare delicious, affordable and healthy dishes using everyday ingredients as well as meet other people. The course starts on Tuesday 29th June through to Tuesday 27th July, 11am–2pm and takes place at the Lewes Community Kitchen. Cost is £5 for the course and all ingredients are included. Find out more and book here

Carers Wellbeing Cruise, 30th June
You're invited aboard to take an online wellbeing cruise with Coastal Wellbeing. There will be games, discussion and virtual tea and cake. Wednesday 30th June, 1pm-3pm. Free. Online using Zoom. Contact Molly, 07507 734370, molly@coastalwellbeing.co.uk or Lucy, 07598 323254, lucy@coastalwellbeing.co.uk.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Fair
Care for the Carers will have a stand at the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Fair taking place on Wednesday 30th June, 12pm-5pm, Hassocks. There will be food and drink, crafts, bingo with prizes, raffle, scavenger hunts, yoga and relaxation, table tennis, theatre show, plus lots more. Find out more about the event here, and come by and say hello! 

Carers O'Clock Drop in Day
Carers are invited to a drop in day full of creativity, conversation and a delicious lunch! Have some time for yourself and meet other carers in a relaxed space. Free. 5th July, 10am-3pm, Community Wise, Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne BN21 1PY. For more information and to book your lunch place, email info@cultureshift.org.uk, or just drop in. 

Visit to Wakehurst Botanical Gardens, 16th July
Join us for a visit to beautiful Wakehurst Place Botanical Gardens with lunch included. With over 500 acres to explore, there is plenty of space for you to roam safely through the gardens. Enjoy the fresh air and meet with other carers. Friday 16th July, 11am. Free. Contact Hannah Taylor, email: info@cftc.org.uk or call: 01323 738390. Further information here.

Young Carers Club

Our monthly Young Carers Club is for young carers in East Sussex, aged 5-17 years. Join an evening of fun, games, jokes and laughter. The next club is on Thursday 22nd July, 5pm-6pm, and takes place online using Zoom. Free. Book a place and more information here

Carer Awareness Training
Join our online professional training for East Sussex employers, businesses, health and social care professionals and volunteers working with carers. Thursday 22nd July, 10am–12pm. Free. Online using Microsoft Teams. Find out more. Further dates are available to book until November here


Carers Groups 
Our Carers Groups are running online and by phone, and we’re delighted to now be gradually moving back to some groups meeting in person. If you would like to stay connected with other carers and have some time for yourself, take a look at our carers groups available here. Contact us to find out more. Free.


Housing options for young people with SEND
Amaze are hosting an online session for parents of young people with SEND, aged 16-25 in East Sussex. The session will focus on housing options for young people as they transition into adulthood. Thursday 8th July, 10am-12pm midday using Zoom. Register here or contact debbie@amazesussex.org.uk.

Carers card discounts

The East Sussex Carers Card is free and provides offers and/or discounts to unpaid carers who hold a card from many businesses. Take a look at the offers and discounts available with the card here.

It's easy to apply for a card on our websiteThe Carers Card is also available to parent carers of children with special needs and disabilities.

 

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Care for the Carers is the Carers Centre for East Sussex. Care for the Carers supports anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. We aim to improve the quality of carers lives by helping the local community recognise and value the role of carers, and by enabling carers to access the services & support they require.
 
Care for the Carers is a charitable company registered in England and Wales with No. 3677361 and Charity No. 1074906 Registered Office: Highlight House, 8 St. Leonards Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH

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