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Carers' Rights Day

Carers’ Rights Day

Carers’ Rights Day 2018

Are you a carer? Do you know your rights? Care for the Carers is getting ready for Carers’ Rights Day 2018, a national campaign taking place on Friday 30 November which will bring organisations together to help carers in their local community know their rights.

Every day, 6,000 people become carers for a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without them, but it’s not always something we’ve planned for. Local charity, Care for the Carers, which supports unpaid carers across East Sussex, promotes Carers Rights Day to ensure that local carers are aware of their rights and can get the support they’re entitled to.

Jennifer Twist, Chief Executive Officer at Care for the Carers, says: “Carers Rights Day is a great opportunity to raise of awareness of unpaid carers, caring and what carers’ rights are. There are an estimated 66,000 carers in East Sussex*, many of whom may not be aware that they are entitled to support, and even those who have been caring for years sometimes may not be aware of what is available and could be missing out on financial and practical help.

“No one should be left to care alone: Care for the Carers is here to provide carers with information about their rights, available support and to help them access local services. For more information do contact us and speak to one of our carer support workers.”

* Estimated total amount of unpaid carers in East Sussex in 2018 is 66,472. Figures calculated by Care for the Carers based on projected growth from 2011 UK census figures:
Eastbourne: 11,988
Hastings: 10,030
Lewes: 13,027
Rother: 12,675
Wealden: 18,549
Support events across East Sussex

You can help spread the word about carers’ rights by sharing posters, social media posts or join in Carers’ Rights Day events across East Sussex, including a free Italian lunch for carers in Hastings, the opportunity to win a car at Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre (soon to be known as The Beacon), a financial information morning for carers, and free Carer Awareness Training for all in Bexhill.

For more information about how to get involved, visit the Care for the Carers website. Or call 01323 738390 or email

Can you help?

Care for the Carers wants to do more to help carers in East Sussex through raising awareness, fundraising and volunteering. We want to ensure than no one is left to care alone. Contact Care for the Carers via their website.

About Care for the Carers

Care for the Carers is the Carers Centre for East Sussex, an independent charity supporting unpaid carers across the county. The charity provides free practical and emotional advice and a range of services such as counselling, support groups and training.

Who are carers?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Posted 21:03 Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 In: Campaigns

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