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Making Caring Visible this Carers Week

Local charity Care for the Carers is highlighting the role of unpaid carers this June.  A week of recognition for carers is coming up to raise awareness of carers, the challenges they face and their vital role looking after people who couldn’t manage without their care. 

Care for the Carers are asking carers and the community to come together and Make Caring Visible during Carers Week, which runs from 8 to 14 June 2020. Carers and their friends and family, partner organisations and local businesses can all get involved to recognise carers and show support.

The charity estimates that over 68,000 people in East Sussex – 10,198 in Hastings – now support a relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.


Alannah is a young adult carer in Hastings. Her brother has Asperger’s Syndrome and her father has a spinal condition. “My mum is self isolating; she has asthma. I am the only one leaving the house to go to the shops as we can’t get food by delivery. I am a key worker in a nursery, so I have to be extra careful that when I do go to the shops or come home from work, I am not bringing any germs into the house. There is a lot of disinfecting going on.”

Jennifer Twist, Chief Executive at the charity, says: “Many carers see themselves as simply ‘doing the right thing’ and don’t realise that there is support out there. Looking after a relative or friend is often hugely rewarding, but can be stressful, isolating, and can affect your own wellbeing and livelihood.”

“The Coronavirus has affected carers disproportionately – many of us have struggled with the lockdown, but for carers this is on top of the day to day challenges of caring. Lots of people are managing complex caring roles behind closed doors, and the pressure and emotional impact takes its toll.”

“We’re shining a light on the huge contribution to society local carers make this Carers Week. Please join us and help Make Caring Visible by getting involved on social media, pledging on the Carers Week website and spreading the word.

“We also want all carers in East Sussex to know that we are here to help. Please do get in touch with us for information, support, or to connect with other carers.”

Further information on Carers Week and how to get involved is at

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Posted 12:34 Monday, Jun 1, 2020 In: Hastings People

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