Care for the Carers Groups 

Care for the Carers runs a range of different carers groups. Apart from the Young Adult Carers Group, there is no need book a place at any of the groups, carers can just turn up.

For information about when and where our groups meet, please see below and download our Groups directory:

Download our Groups directory [PDF]

New area and specialist groups in 2018

For 2018 we've recently introduced a selection of new groups in areas including Rye, Forest Row, Sidley, and also an evening group for working carers and others in Eastbourne, and a set of dementia-friendly groups in Bexhill, Hailsham and Seaford.

Carers Information and Advice Groups 

These are for all carers, facilitated by Carer Support Workers, in several locations across East Sussex.  The first half of the meeting gives time to have a cuppa and a chat with other carers, and the second half usually has a guest speaker who brings useful information and advice relevant to carers. 

Our Carers Wellbeing Groups are regular informal drop-in groups for all carers, with input at some groups from carer support workers, in several locations across East Sussex.  These are usually the ‘next step’ groups for carers after they have been attending Information and Advice Groups for 12 months. Find out what carers say about Wellbeing Groups and what is like to host one. 

Mental Health Carers Support Groups are regular meetings for carers of people with mental health issues, facilitated by carer support workers.  The group is run in partnership by Care for the Carers and the ICE Project, and meets on the last Saturday of the month, from 10am to 12.30pm, at Carisbrooke House, Stockleigh Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0JP.

We hold Young Adult Carers (YACs) Groups which are monthly evening groups for carers aged 17-25 years, run by carer support workers.  To find out the date of the next group, and to request an invite to CftC’s private YAC Facebook group, contact our Gateway service.

Are you under 16 or looking for support for young carers? Please contact East Sussex Young Carers/IMAGO, which supports Young Carers aged 5-18 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. Telephone: 0300 777 2011 or email: [email protected] 

Our Former Carers Groups are regular therapeutic groups run by two counsellors are for carers whose caring role has come to an end through bereavement or for other reasons.  The groups aim to support former carers to cope with the emotional and practical aspects of their caring role coming to an end. 

Advice for asylum seekers, refugees and new migrant communities

You can also chat about carers issues with one of our Carer Support Workers every first Wednesday of each month at 12.30pm - 2.30pm, at the meetings of the LINKS Project, a support and advice project for asylum seekers, refugees and new migrant communities (BAME) living in East Sussex. LINKS Project runs a drop in on Wednesday each week from 10.30am - 4pm at Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonards. 

For more information about carers groups run by Care for the Carers, or our partners, please contact our Gateway service, calling 01323 738390, emailing [email protected], or texting us on 07860 077300.

East Sussex Pride events

Care for the Carers logo in rainbow/LBGT colours

You should be able to find our information stand at the major annual Pride events across East Sussex, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) culture and pride. Do come and say hello.