Carers Voices Conference 2020

Our Carers Voices Conference took place throughout July 2020. On this page, you can watch videos from our keynote speakers, videos from carers sharing their experiences through the pandemic and enjoy the Carers Song written and performed by young adult carers. You can view all videos with subtitles, just click the CC icon at the bottom of the videos. Watch videos full screen by clicking on the square icon at the bottom, far right of the video.
Jo Egan
Director of Services, Care for the Carers, welcomes you to our first online conference and outlines the format and content.

Keynote speaker videos

Watch our keynote speakers’ videos on a range of subjects, issues and challenges that carers are facing, particularly through coronavirus, and how they are being addressed.

Jennifer Twist
CEO, Care for the Carers, speaks about issues that carers are experiencing and building recognition for carers.

Emily Holzhausen OBE
Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, speaks about the “Caring Behind Closed Doors” research and findings.

 Gareth Howells
CEO, Carers Trust, gives an update on Carers Trust’s focus for carers and making carers’ voices the core of future plans.

Live Q&A Panel answer carers’ questions

Watch the recording of our Q&A panel answering carers’ questions. On the panel are: Emily Holzhausen OBE, Carers UK, Tamsin Peart, East Sussex Adult Social Care and Health, Jennifer Twist and Jo Egan, Care for the Carers.

Carers Stories – Life during Coronavirus

Watch these short videos from Carers across East Sussex as they speak about their challenges faced through the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Carers Song

This song is written, produced and performed by young adult carers for young carers. 

Carers Voices Marketplace

Visit the Marketplace to see local providers share information on their services for carers.


Carers Voices Agenda 2020

Join us online throughout July with our live Q&A and Carer workshops.

Live online workshops via video conferencing:


14th July 2020


A whole new world? Experiences of caring during Coronavirus

Join Care for the Carers to share your experiences of caring during the coronavirus pandemic, both positive and negative.  Tell us what has worked well and what needs to change to enable healthy caring now and in the future.

Facilitated by Care for the Carers.


15th July 2020


Don’t forget me – young carers’ health & wellbeing

For young carers only, join East Sussex Young Carers to explore your health and wellbeing as a young carer, what helps and hinders you in your caring role, and where you can get support.

Facilitated by East Sussex Young Carers.


16th July 2020


Can you hear me? Exploring ways for parent carers to be heard above the noise

For parent carers only, join Amaze to find out about the support for individual parent carers to be heard by services and decision-makers and hear how East Sussex Parent Carers Forum are building a broader parent voice in the county.

Facilitated by Amaze and East Sussex Parent Carers Forum.


21st July 2020


Is it just me? An exploration of carers’ experiences of, and solutions to, loneliness and isolation

Join Care for the Carers to explore loneliness and isolation as a carer, and its impact on your health and wellbeing.  Share your experiences and hear from other carers about what has worked well to help them feel connected.

Facilitated by Care for the Carers.


28th July 2020


Managing the maze – making Health & Social Care Systems work for carers

Influence Care for the Carers’ work to make East Sussex more carer-friendly, by sharing your experiences of navigating local Health & Social Care systems and how they impact on your wellbeing.  Join us to give your views on what works well and what changes are needed.

Facilitated by Care for the Carers.


29th July 2020


Digitally included? What carers need online

Take part in the East Sussex focus group to inform Care for the Carers’ partnership project to develop user-friendly online tools for carers across Sussex.  Join this workshop to tell us what you need as a carer online, what might stop you from using digital help, and what your priorities are for digital support to enable healthy caring.

Facilitated by Care for the Carers.