Carers Week 8th – 14th June 2020, Making Caring Visible
The week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.6 million unpaid carers – over 68,000 in East Sussex – and the people who look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t getting manage without them.
This year’s focus is ‘Making Caring Visible’, and we’re asking carers and the community to come together to make caring visible throughout the week. Carers and their friends and family, partner organisations and local businesses can all get involved to recognise carers and show support.
Here’s how to show your support.
Raise awareness and make carers visible in your community. This could include an employer introducing carer friendly policies. A GP practice offering an annual health check or flexible appointment times to carers. Or a business offering special deals or priority access for carers.
- Download Facebook photos here to share with your friends and family. I’m supporting Carers Week here and We’re supporting Carers Week here.
- Tag us in – Twitter @care4thecarers, Facebook @careforthecarers, Instagram @careforthecarers
- Use hashtags: #CareForTheCarers #CarersWeekEastSussex #CarersWeek
- We are asking carers to speak about one thing that makes you feel hidden as a carer, and one thing that would make you more visible as a carer. Post videos on social media and tag us in, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alternatively, email your thoughts in words, a poem or a short story to email@example.com
- Add Carers Week to your email signature. Landscape version here, and box version here.
- Everyone can make your voices heard on the Carers Week Voices Wall here or pledge your support here.
Events for Carers Week
There are many events and workshops happening during Carers Week, take a look below and join an activity! Make sure to check back here as we will be adding more events and activities.
Throughout Carers Week
Carers Groups. We have our carers groups taking place through the week that offer a safe and relaxed space to chat with other carers. Contact us to find out more and to join a group.
Carers Festival Online. Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove have a schedule of online events throughout the week. Take a look at what’s on and book your place here.
Monday 8th June 11am
Carers O’Clock. Online cafe via Zoom. Enjoy a cuppa with Tim, our Care Support Worker, Culture Shift and other carers. A friendly cafe-style meet up to chat,support each other and enjoy time for you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the meeting link.
Tuesday 9th June 10am
Willingdon Carers Group. Join our online Carers Group for carers who live in the Willingdon area. Have a relaxed and sociable chat with other carers. Please contact us for more details.
Tuesday 9th June 2-3pm
Carer Awareness Training. Join our online professional training for East Sussex employers, businesses, health and social care professionals and volunteers working with carers. Email email@example.com, further information here.
Wednesday 10th June 11am
Speak Clearly Carers. Free online workshop on how to make an impact to get your message across to professionals is a constant challenge as carers. In this online workshop you will learn some top tips in language, rapport building and assertiveness. Led by Nick Llewellyn, theatre director and NLP trainer. Book here.
Thursday 11th June 11am
I might be a carer but I’m still creative. Online workshop showing you how to unlock your own blocks to have some ‘me’ time for creativity. In this online workshop you will learn how to rewire your stuck patterns and create space to have flashes of creativity throughout your day. Led by Nick Llewellyn, theatre director and NLP trainer. Book here.
Thursday 11th June 2pm
Seaford Making Memories Dementia Group. Join our online Carers Group for carers who look after someone with dementia. Have a relaxed and sociable chat with other carers, includes activities. Please contact us for more details.
Thursday 11th June 2.30pm
Relaxation and self-care online session with Hazel, Holistic Therapist. Call 01323 489229, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 12th June 11am
Breathe/ Relax/ Reset Carers. Online relaxation session led by Rob Calcutt from Urban Healer. Book here.
Friday 12th June 2pm
Know your Rights Carers. Free online workshop. As Carers we all have rights but without this knowledge, we often have no power to fight for the person we care for, and for our own needs too. In this online workshop, we will explore the Carers Act and Carers rights so you are armed with knowledge to assert your rights. Led by Jill Pay. Book here.
Events and activities beyond Carer’s Week
Join our online `Healthy Caring, Healthy You’ Carers Voices Conference, taking place throughout July. Features keynote speakers, live Q&A panel and a series of online workshops. Further information and register here.
Access a range of free learning and resources for carers. Find out more here. Provided by E Learning for Healthcare, Carers UK and NHS Education England.