Carers Information, Advice and Advocacy

You are a carer if you are looking after an adult who has 

  •  an illness or
  •  a disability or 
  •  a mental health problem or
  •  an addiction 

and who couldn't manage without your help. 


Information and advice

Care for the Carers is an independent charity which has been supporting and representing unpaid carers in East Sussex since 1989. It has

  • online resources
  • people you can talk to
  • carers clinics
  • counselling
  • one-to-one support 
  • advice about your rights as a carer
  • carers groups
  • activities and events
  • information about a range of respite options for when you need a break

East Sussex County Council has information and resources on its website for people who are looking after someone (carers) including

  • Carer's assessments - As a carer you have a right to have your own needs assessed, to see where you may need support. Find out about Carer's Assessments on the East Sussex County Council website.
  • Carer's personal budget
  • A guide to respite care
  • Carer's allowance
  • Training for carers
  • Whole family budget
  • Information and advice
  • Young carers
  • Young carer's personal budget
  • Supporting people who have a learning disability or autism
  • Managing someone's affairs
  • Cancelling care and support services
  • Carer's card - The Care for the Carers website explains how and where the card can be used, but in summary it
    • tells the emergency services that you are a carer
    • offers savings and discounts for carers at a range of retail and leisure venues - see the directory on the Care for the Carers website for the full list.
    • can be used to set up a CRESS (Carers Respite Emergency Support Service) plan
    • gives discounted parking for unpaid carers at Eastbourne District General Hospital and Conquest Hospital in Hastings by simply showing your Card at the parking warden's cabin before leaving. See the Care for the Carers website for the current rates. 

Advocacy

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