Support for Carers
We support unpaid Carers in East Sussex by providing free, high quality, volunteer-led services that encourage independence and reduce isolation.
We currently work with over 150 volunteers to provide three services to around 200 Carers in East Sussex as well as supporting Young Carers in Hastings and Rother.
The Carers we support come from a range of backgrounds, looking after people with a range of conditions/disabilities.
Befriending with Respite
The Association of Carers free Befriending & Respite service gives unpaid carers the opportunity to take a weekly three hour break from their caring role, while a carefully selected and thoroughly vetted volunteer spends time with the person they look after.
Barbara has been caring for her husband Cliff since he had a stroke 28 years ago. Sadly the stroke left Cliff unable to speak but he is able to walk with the aid of a stick, and he still has a great sense of humour.
Volunteer Paul visits the couple each week and goes out with Cliff while Barbara has some time to herself.
“I love my role a befriending with respite volunteer. I feel rewarded by seeing how much Barbara appreciates her break and Cliff and I have a great time together. We go to the garden centre for a browse and enjoy a cup of tea”
“I am so thankful for what Paul does. It makes such a difference to our lives. Cliff always looks forward to the visits and I can relax knowing Cliff is in good hands whilst I have a short break”
Computer Help at Home
Jennie is a carer who received the service so she could learn how to write letters, send emails and Skype her loved ones. She had James to support her.
“I really enjoyed my volunteering to help Jennie, she is a lovely lady. It was a pleasure to help”
“James was marvellous and he was so patient. I learnt so much more from him. I never thought I’d be able to do the things I have learnt at aged 87”
Jackie cares for her mother who she is unable to leave at all. Jackie receives our Talk & Support service and finds this service to valuable in helping to reduce her isolation.
“To be able to speak and have meaningful conversation helps to keep me going. My volunteer is so understanding, having that empathetic ear means so much especially as I do not have much contact with anyone else socially”