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Carers Week to support West Sussex carers

Thursday 31st May, 2018

West Sussex County Council, the local NHS and charity providers, including Carers Support West Sussex, are joining forces for Carers Week, to recognise and celebrate the vital contribution unpaid carers make to families and communities. 

The CCG is fully supporting Carers Week 11th – 17th June 2018 and helping to make sure that all of the vital carers in our communities are getting the help and support they need.

Carers Week this year will highlight how carers can be supported to stay healthy and connected. Carer partner organisations are encouraging local communities to support family and friend carers who look after their loved ones, as well as recognising that carers have health and wellbeing needs of their own.

Over 30 events are taking place across West Sussex in Carers Week.

Events include relaxing walks, picnics and coffee mornings in peaceful surroundings. There is a good mix of events, some of which support specific groups of carers and others ‘Open to All’ and free to attend for any family and friend carer.

Information stands at many hospitals across the county will provide help and guidance for carers.

Details of events taking place across West Sussex can be found on www.carerssupport.org.uk/carersweek 

The Carers Support West Sussex website also features guidance on keeping healthy including tips for stopping smoking, doing more physical activity and eating healthily.

Amanda Jupp, County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “With the pressures of caring for a loved one people can sometimes ignore their own health as they focus on caring for family or friends.

“Carers Week aims to encourage carers to look after their own health needs as well as those of their loved ones. The events taking place will offer rest and relaxation and a chance to talk to other carers. But it doesn’t stop there, support is available all year round through a myriad of excellent organisations such as Carers Support West Sussex.”

Jennie Musgrove from Carers Support West Sussex said, “The 89,000 or so family and friend carers across West Sussex make up a huge community of local people who can benefit from taking a little time for themselves. Thinking of their own health, wellbeing and the social side of life is important and there is a range of support available.

Many people see themselves in their caring role only as a partner, husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, other relative or friend and because they do not recognise themselves as a Carer they often miss out.

"Carers Week 2018 is about taking care of carer health, carer wellbeing and connecting carers. Our Carer Wellbeing teams offer a simple Wellbeing Review and focus on what someone needs. They can link a carer to our NHS Carer Health Team or other support. Just by calling our single Carer Response Line on 0300 028 888, carers can be connected how and when they choose.”

Keep an eye on social media throughout Carers Week.  There will be tips and advice on how to stay healthy as a carer published on Facebook pages: West Susses County Council and Carers Support West Sussex and Twitter pages: @WSCCNews @CarersWSussex @CWSCCG.