Befriending with Respite

Our Respite and Befriending service gives Carers the opportunity to have some time to themselves, usually three hours each week, on the same day, at the same time.

They are able to do whatever they would like during this time, as long as it gives them time away from their caring role.

By having a regular, set time, Carers are able to look forward to their break and plan what to do with the time. The service also benefits the person that is being looked after, providing them the opportunity to spend time with a volunteer who has similar interests and experiences.

Our volunteers are thoroughly vetted and carefully matched to help them establish a long-term befriending relationship with the cared for person. Once we have identified a volunteer, they are able to continue going to see the same people each week for as long as the Carer needs the service and the volunteer is able to provide it.

To be eligible for the service, the Carer needs to be over 18 and providing substantial levels of care. Our volunteers are not able to provide personal care, so the person that is being looked after needs to be independent when using the toilet or have their continence managed.

We take referrals directly from Carers or family members as well as a range of professional organisations.

Lunch Clubs

This is for Carers who would like to get out and meet other Carers, to share experiences and increase their support network. Carers are invited to join us and have a meal or just enjoy a drink and a chat in a supportive environment.

We hold a lunch club in St Leonards on the 2nd Monday of each month (normally at the Bo Peep pub), as well as a monthly lunch club in Rye, which alternates between Wednesdays and Fridays.

A staff member from the Association of Carers will be available to support at the venue and could provide information and advice.

For more information please phone Kathy.