Carers Support West Sussex is urging the local community to ‘Make Caring Visible’ by shining the light on family and friend carers during Carers Week 2020 (June 8-14).
The charity stated that statistically, people within the West Sussex area will know a carer, as latest figures show that ten per cent of the population – that’s 89,000 people – currently undertake the role of unpaid carer for a friend or family member.
They also say that three out of five people will become a carer at some point in their lives.
“The role of unpaid carer can often feel socially isolating, but we want these carers to know that they are not alone,” said CSWS’s chief executive, Sonia Mangan.
“The aim of Carers Week is to shine the light on these carers, including the many young and young adult carers, to celebrate them and to educate others on the incredibly selfless work they undertake every day.
“We also hope throughout the week to engage with even more carers throughout the region, either through one of our special online events, or via the CSWS support network.
“Seeking help or assistance should not be considered a shameful act, and we hope that our ongoing activities, including Carers Week, will help to boost the pride and recognition of carers in our local community, enabling them to reach out to organisations such as ourselves.
“We ask you, the wider public, to also get involved in Carers Week and support the wider ‘West Sussex Together’ initiative. Everyone has a part to play in making sure these carers are seen, heard, and understood; and in helping them to get the support they need.”
Cllr Amanda Jupp, cabinet member for adults and health at West Sussex County Council added: “It is so important for us to recognise the contribution of every single family and friend carer and what they do day in day out to support their loved ones particularly during this dreadful pandemic that has affected carers far greater than most.
“It is vital for people to know that we are still here for them if they need help and support. I urge those who care for others to try to set aside some time to look after their own health and wellbeing and make use of all the excellent support that is available from Carers Support West Sussex.”
Exclusive Carers Week events
To celebrate and pay homage to registered carers during Carers Week, Carers Support West Sussex has collaborated with some local organisations who support and recognise the fantastic work of carers to produce a programme of online events. Activities will include:
- Cookery Demos
- Put yourself first as a carer – tips from a carer life coach
- Portraiture drawing workshop
- Resilience course for parent carers
- Chichester Festival Theatre have produced some exclusive carer-focused workshops.
- A webinar about affordable and kind nutrition for carers
Full details on how to sign up to these events can be found at:carerssupport.org.uk/carersweek/
Space is limited so interested parties are urged to register their interest now to avoid disappointment.
Carers Support West Sussex has been set up to provide support for the many unpaid carers throughout the region.
In recent weeks and months, particularly during the Covid-19 crisis, carers have been reaching out to the charity to access a wide range of information and guidance, along with practical and emotional support.
The charity’s dedicated response line has received in excess of 250 calls from carers in the last week alone, covering over 800 issues.
Carers who have not yet registered with Carers Support are invited to register today to enable access to the carer network.
For more information, visit:carerssupport.org.uk