Carers’ Voices

Carers Voices helps strengthen and amplify your voice in strategic planning and shaping the policy, services and support that affect East Sussex carers and those you care for – using your expert experience to improve local carers’ lives.

Carers Voices Network

By joining, you will be well placed to make an impact on health and social care services affecting carers, and those offered through the voluntary sector.  Care for the Carers provides regular information on key issues carers will be interested in, and there are a range of opportunities for you to get involved in the debate.  Carers Voices members receive:

  • Invitations to all Carers Voices events, and to similar engagement opportunities offered by NHS, County Council and Voluntary Sector partners
  • Monthly e-newsletter keeping you up to date
  • Carers Voices packs – straightforward information on big debates, how to influence decision-making and what other carers have said, along with targeted questions to help you contribute your experience and views

Having your say

You don’t have to join the Carers Voices Network to have your say, just let us know your views by letter, email, phone or online – or call into the carers centre for a chat.  The Carers Voices Network is reaching out to all local carers’ groups to gather your views, so if you already attend a group, you can take part there.

Getting together

If you are passionate about speaking up for carers, you may wish to consider taking a more active role such as being a Carer Representative on a local planning group, taking part in:

  • Your GP Practice’s Patient Participation Group
  • County Council / NHS Partnership Boards
  • Focus groups on specific issues or developments
  • Decisions on awarding Small Grants for Carers

Following requests from carers, we are exploring holding regular Carers Voices networking sessions at the Carers Centre.

Carers’ Forums

Every 6 months, we also hold these large Carers Voices events enabling carers from across the County to come together to discuss a key topical issue.  You don’t need to join to come along – all carers are welcome.  Carers Forums also include a wealth of information on available support, as well as the chance to meet a range of people from organisations providing carers’ services. To find out more about our next forum taking place in October click here.

 

Meetings aren’t everyone’s cup of tea

If meetings aren’t your thing, you can be part of the online Carers Voices Network, or keep in touch by email or phone.  Every Carers Voices pack includes the opportunity to take part online or by post.

If you would like to come, but find it hard because of your caring role, please speak to us about whether we can help with:

  • Training
  • Reimbursement of travel costs
  • Applying for grants for replacement care

If you have an issue you would like raised or would like to discuss Carers Voices, please contact Debbie Reid at debbier@cftc.org.uk or on 01323 738390.