Partner Organisations

There are a number of partner organisations in East Sussex who are commissioned to provide a variety of services which may be of use to carers.

Alzheimers Society

East Sussex Carers Information and Support Programme (CrISP) aims to improve the skills and understanding of those caring for a person with dementia, by providing support and up-to-date, relevant information. The programme provides opportunities for people to support and learn from each other in a group led by trained staff and volunteers.

East Sussex Dementia Support Service – providing support to people affected by dementia by helping them to maintain their independence, improve their sense of well-being, put them in more control of their lives and help them prepare for the future. It will also help people living with dementia to identify their needs and to access services.

Singing for the Brain is a fun and relaxing social activity that can help promote confidence. Singing is a gentle form of exercise and also provides a way for people with dementia and their carers to enjoy time together, express themselves and socialise with others.

Website: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

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Association of Carers

Computer Help at Home provides Carers with support to learn to use their own computer, in ways that will support them in their caring role, without having to leave the person they look after. Delivered by volunteers, sessions last for around two hours and continue for up to six weeks.

Respite and Befriending provides carers with a free, volunteer-led, respite service by identifying a volunteer to form a befriending relationship with the person they look after and spend time with them each week. Respite is provided in a number of ways including in the home, attending a day activity or going for a walk.

Carers Wellbeing Support Service enables carers to receive emotional support and develop a long-term befriending relationship through regular phone calls with the same, trained volunteer (often a former Carer). Carers are signposted / referred to other agencies for additional support. Carers experiencing complex issues receive short-term professional counselling via Skype / telephone. Carers are supported to plan / identify residential respite breaks.

Website: http://www.associationofcarers.org.uk/

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British Red Cross

Short term and crisis intervention – promoting health and well-being to carers and supporting this through companionship, conversation and practical support and/or enabling carers to take a short break whilst we support the cared for. Trained volunteers actively support carers to find opportunities to attend social groups, training or help seek employment through networking, if desired.

Website: http://www.redcross.org.uk/

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Carers Trust

Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

Carers Trust’s vision is of a world where the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and they have access to the trusted quality support and services they need to live their own lives.

Website: http://www.carers.org

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Carers UK

Every day 6,000 people become carers. It can be bewildering if you don’t know where to turn for help and support.

Through carers’ groups and volunteers, CarersUK are reaching out in local communities throughout the UK and online.

If you’re new to caring, they can help to make sure you get the right support from the start.

Website: http://www.carersuk.org

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Coastal Wellbeing

Coastal Wellbeing aims to support and encourage people to create positive change in their lives through Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). WRAP provides people with a framework to explore what they can do to maintain their wellbeing. WRAP uses action planning for the times when life gets challenging, providing options and choices to help maintain wellbeing, including crisis planning. WRAP groups are facilitated by two Accredited Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators who create a safe, trusting environment so group participants feel supported, heard and informed.

Website: http://www.coastalwellbeing.co.uk

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Headway: Hurstwood Park

Enhancing the health and wellbeing of carers of people with Acquired Brain Injury. This project will provide a range of services for carers of people with acquired brain injury that to include: Peer support and understanding of the demands of caring for a brain injured person; the opportunity and encouragement to invest in their own health and wellbeing to sustain them in their role.

Website: http://headway-hp.org.uk

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I.C.E Project

The Improving Carers’ Experience Project (I.C.E) aims to produce good quality information for carers of people who have mental health problems (such as depression, anxiety, psychotic conditions, bi-polar disorder etc). The project will offer carers’ information courses and provide a booklet and website containing information that carers have said they find relevant and useful. Other activities will include offering training to local staff on carers’ needs and how to work with and support them. The service welcomes the involvement of any carer who would like to volunteer to help; there are a number of very flexible ways to contribute to every aspect of the project.

Website: http://www.iceproject.co.uk

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Imago/East Sussex Young Carers

East Sussex Young Carers support the most vulnerable Young Carers aged 5-18 who are responsible for caring for a family member with a long term illness or disability, prioritising Young Carers caring for a parent with a mental health or drug and alcohol issue.

Website:  http://www.eastsussexyoungcarers.org.uk/

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Motor Neurone Disease Association (East Sussex)

The MNDA Carers Support Project is specifically designed to provide care, support and respite care to carers who are working day and night to support care and help those living with MND. They are never “off duty” and this project will help to relieve, albeit for a small amount of time, them from their daily tasks at home.

Website: http://www.mndassociation.org/

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Southdown

Ambitions Vocational Services is a free service to adult carers living in East Sussex to support their vocational aspirations. A skilled Vocational Specialist will work alongside individuals to identify and achieve their employment, educational and volunteering ambitions. Support is available in group settings, via telephone/email or at one-to-one meetings.

Website: http://www.southdownhousing.org/

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