20 February 2019

Care for the Carers is excited to launch a collection of short films alongside a creative writing workbook for carers.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, ExPat and Eastbourne Borough Council we've been able to develop the creative writing workbook and a collection of short films about carers. These resources were produced as part of the second stage of our 'Carers' Words, Carers' Lives' project, led by Care for the Carers' ‘Writer in Residence,’ Evlynn Sharp. 

Over the past two years, Care for the Carers has helped more than 100 carers to share their stories and experiences of their caring role, through the the first stage of the 'Carers' Words, Carers' Lives' project, which offered creative writing courses and workshops to carers across East Sussex. 

Creative writing workbook cover

Get your free creative writing workbook

The creative writing workbook provides a practical guide to writing and reflection and can be used as a resource for individual carers and other organisations and groups that would like to try creative writing. It helps us reach more carers both within East Sussex itself, and is also available for other carers centres and groups across the UK.

The workbook contains samples of carers writing, and exercises for people of any ability to join in with. It is free to access for anyone.

Download the Creative Writing Workbook

If you would like a printed copy, please email [email protected]

Films about carers

We have also produced a collection of short films, sharing carers' experiences of their caring roles. These films contain a broad range of caring situations and people, including our Chief Executive Jennifer Twist, and our Writer in Residence, Evlynn Sharp.

They were produced in collaboration with carer volunteers Chris, Denise, Donna, Meena and Lea, who interviewed the carers whose stories were captured on film for the videos.

You can watch the films on our YouTube channel and on our website in the Carers Stories section - we hope you enjoy them, and find them as powerful as we did listening to them.

About our Writer in Residence programme

Funded 100% by voluntary donations. We would like to continue to run an Artist in Residence programme, but cannot do so without raising the necessary funds. If you would like to support our work you can donate online here or get in touch with us for more details on how to get involved. Email: [email protected]

Pic credit: Dan Bridge for Care for the Carers

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, ExPat and Eastbourne Borough Council.Heritage Fund logo

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