Services for carers
Respite for healthcare appointments and training
If you are a carer and look after a person who does not receive home care or home-based respite arranged by Adult Social Care, you may still be able to get support to go to healthcare appointments or training. Contact Care for the Carers to find out more.
Tel: 01323 738390
The East Sussex Carers Card enables carers to set up a Carers Respite Emergency Support Service (CRESS) plan. This includes contact details for up to three people who could provide short-term support in an emergency. Carers can carry the East Sussex Carers Card with them so that, in an emergency, someone can call the number on the card. When this happens, the local authority will contact the people named in the emergency plan. If none of the contacts are available, Adult Social Care will provide support to take over the carer’s caring responsibilities while they are unable to fulfil them, or at least until an alternative contact is available.
The East Sussex Carers Card also offers carers savings and discounts at a variety of retail and leisure venues in East Sussex.
If you would like more information, or to apply for a Carers Card, contact Care for the Carers.
Tel: 01323 738390
Care for the Carers
Care for the Carers is the independent Carers Centre for East Sussex supporting unpaid carers of all ages. It offers a range of services including:
- information, advice, emotional and practical support;
- help to access other services, including free counselling;
- opportunities to meet other carers and build support networks; and
- training to support carers in their caring role.
East Sussex Young Carers (ESYC) supports the most vulnerable Young Carers aged 5 to 18 who are responsible for caring for a family member with a long-term illness or disability, prioritising mental health or drug/alcohol misuse.
More help and information can be found at www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice
The East Sussex Adult Social Care leaflet ‘Do you look after someone’ has more information and support available for carers in East Sussex.
There is a range of services available to support people living in, or looking after, someone who lives in Brighton & Hove, such as:
- a Carers’ Card to access discounts on local health and wellbeing activities;
- an Emergency Back-Up Scheme so that you have a plan in place to support the person you care for in the event that you are unable to look after them;
- online tools that may make caring easier, available through our partnership with Carers UK; and
- information, advice and support and opportunities to meet other carers through The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove.
More information is available at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/carers and an information booklet for carers can also be downloaded at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/social-care/carers
Tel: 01273 234021
If you want to find out more about free training courses that might help you in your caring role visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/socialcaretraining
Emergency Back-Up Scheme
You can find more information about the Emergency Back-Up Scheme online at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/planning-for-emergencies or by calling the Adult Social Care Access Point on 01273 295555.
If you care for someone aged 18 or over, you can get the Carer’s Card or renew a Carer’s Card by calling the Adult Social Care Access Point.
Tel: 01273 295555
You can check the full ist of the latest discounts available online at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/carers-card
The Carers Centre
Offers different kinds of services working with and supporting young and adult carers in Brighton & Hove.
Tel: 01273 746222
Carer Expert Project
An opportunity for carers to talk about the experiences of being a carer and helping to raise awareness, at national and local level, of the issues they face. There are also opportunities to receive one to one support, guidance and training.
The Carers Centre in Brighton & Hove has a specific team of trained and experienced support and outreach workers who can provide a range of support options to young carers and their families.