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About Care for the Carers

Care for the Carers is an independent charity and the Carers Centre for East Sussex. We have been supporting and representing unpaid carers in East Sussex since 1989.

Our team of staff and volunteers can provide free practical and emotional advice – face to face, by telephone, or online. We can put you in touch with other carers, and help you navigate the range of services available locally.  We also run support groups, training and events across the county – whether you are interested in speaking up on important issues, or having some time out to relax or meet new people.

Care for the Carers represents carers and raises awareness of caring, working with local communities, organisations and service providers to build a carer friendly East Sussex.

All our work is developed with carers, and in response to their expressed needs and reflects local and national strategy, legislation, research and best practice.

​Carers in East Sussex

Care for the Carers estimates that there are 69,241 unpaid carers in East Sussex, and below are the estimated figures for each area*. It is difficult to know the actual number of carers because so many carers are hidden.

Wealden 19,356
Lewes 13,686
Rother 13,287
Eastbourne 12,621
Hastings 10,291
  • An estimated additional 34,000 carers in East Sussex are looking after someone because of the pandemic
  • There are an estimated 21,000 young carers in East Sussex.

In the financial year 2020/21, 9,047 carers in East Sussex accessed support from Care for the Carers. To find out more about our services and support delivered for carers, you can read our annual review report here.

National statistics *

  • In the UK, one in eight adults are carers, that’s around 6.5 million people 
  • There are an estimated 800,000 young carers in the UK**
  • Each day, 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility and over 2 million people each year
  • 5 million people in the UK are juggling caring responsibilities with work – that’s 1 in 7 of the workforce.
  • 58% of carers are women and 42% are men
  • Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer.
  • Carer’s Allowance is the main carer’s benefit and is £76.75 for a minimum of 35 hours, the lowest benefit of its kind.

* Figures calculated by Care for the Carers based on projected growth from 2011 UK census figure
** Children’s Society
*** Carers UK

With your help we can reach even more local carers. To donate click here

Vision, mission and values

Our Vision

We will work with carers until all East Sussex carers have recognition, choices, influence and access to quality support and services that they need and want.

Our Mission

We represent East Sussex carers, enable their voices to be heard and provide services in response to what they need and want.

Our Values

We believe that:

  • Carers should be recognised and valued for the important role they carry out.
  • Carers have a right to a choice, including the choice not to act in a caring role.
  • Carers have a right to a good quality of life and a life outside and beyond caring.
  • The pressures carers are under should be acknowledged and addressed.
  • Carers should be empowered and involved to influence decisions that affect their lives.
  • Carers should be able to access services appropriate to their needs without facing discrimination or prejudice.
  • In carrying out its role, Care for the Carers will follow principles of good governance, management, service provision and employment.
  • Our volunteers and staff should be valued, supported, and given opportunities for development.


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