Care for the Carers works with partner organisations across the county to provide services and support to unpaid carers in East Sussex.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s East Sussex Carers Information and Support Programme (CrISP) aims to improve the skills and understanding of those caring for a person with dementia, by providing support and up-to-date, relevant information in a group environment. The programme provides opportunities for people to support and learn from each other in a group led by trained staff and volunteers.
The Association of Carers supports unpaid Carers in East Sussex to continue in their caring role by providing free, high quality, and volunteer-led services that encourage independence and reduce isolation. They support carers to use their own computer/tablet/digital device, offer phone support, counselling and support carers to access residential respite. They also provide a residential support service where a volunteer helps a carer through the process of looking for a suitable residential home for the person they care for, as well as visiting the cared for person in residential respite if the carer is going away.
The British Red Cross provides short-term and crisis intervention. The charity promotes carers’ health and wellbeing by offering companionship, conversation and practical support and enabling carers to take a short break by providing respite care. Trained volunteers can also support carers to attend social groups, training or seek employment through networking.
During Coronavirus they offer a Home from Hospital and Carers Crisis Response Service as well as phone support,emergency shopping and prescription collection.
Coastal Wellbeing supports and encourages people to create positive change in their lives through Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). WRAP provides people with a framework to explore what they can do to maintain their wellbeing. WRAP uses action planning for the times when life gets challenging, providing options and choices to help maintain wellbeing, including crisis planning.
A fortnightly creative email bulletin and virtual café fortnightly on Monday at 11am available during coronavirus.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register for bulletin and online cafe.
Dementia Information and Support Courses (DISC)
Offer support to carers of people living with Dementia, either at home, distance or in a care home. They also support the carers of people who are still
waiting for a diagnosis. Phone support/befriending, email support, Skype/video calls and carers support groups.
As well as providing treatment and recovery services for people with drug or alcohol problems, STAR offers advice, information, counselling and support groups for anyone affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. The service operates from areas across the county including Hastings, Eastbourne and Uckfield.
East Sussex County Council Adult Social Care provides support and information to unpaid carers.
See at a glance a range of information provided by East Sussex County Council categorised into different mental health support needs including crisis information, Carer support services,Drug and alcohol services, Armed forces services and anoverview of mental health support in East Sussex.
Espacc represents parents and carers of children or young adults up to 25 years and who have a broad range of additional needs. ESPaCC is one of 151 Parent Forums across the UK, which works in co-production with Education, Health and Social Care professional colleagues in the local area. You may find ESPaCC’s ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ information on its website of particular interest.
East Sussex Young Carers supports Young Carers aged five to eighteen who are responsible for caring for a family member with a long term illness or disability, prioritising Young Carers caring for a parent with a mental health or drug and alcohol issue.
Headway enhances the health and wellbeing of carers of people with Acquired Brain Injury. This project provides a range of services for carers of people with an acquired brain injury,including peer support and the opportunity and encouragement to invest in their own health and wellbeing.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association
The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) Carers Support Project is specifically designed to provide care, support and respite care to carers who are working day and night to support care and help those living with MND. They are never “off duty” and this project will help to relieve, albeit for a small amount of time, them from their daily tasks at home.
Telephone: 01323 423781 (Sue Smallwood)
St Peter and St James Hospice
Offer a counselling and wellbeing service for carers of people with limiting illness. Offer phone befriending and counselling and Facebook group
support. Can offer support services for essential shopping or prescriptions depending on area.