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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. 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
[custom_frame_right shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_right]The Association of Carers free Computer Help at Home service gives carers six 1-1 sessions where a trained and fully vetted volunteer teaches them how to use their own computer or tablet in their own 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”
[custom_frame_right shadow=”on”][/custom_frame_right]The Association of Carers free wellbeing services include Talk & Support a service where a fully vetted and trained volunteer calls a carer they are matched with once a week, reducing down to once a month over 6 months. This gives opportunity for the carer to speak in a confidential and non-judgemental environment to help reduce isolation.
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”
Carers Lunch Club
These regular meet-ups give Carers a chance to to get out and meet other Carers, share experiences and increase their support network
We run a monthly Lunch Club at the Bo-Peep Pub, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0AA. These take place on the second Monday of every month, from 12.30pm onwards.
We also host an ad-hoc lunch club at various other locations in East Sussex. Locations are decided in agreement with those attending.
For more details about either please give us a call on 01424 722309.