Carers from across East Sussex are being invited to share their views and experiences at this year’s Care for the Carers’ conference week, ‘For Caring Out Loud!’ An in-person conference will take place on Monday 14th March from 10am to 3pm at Uckfield Civic Centre and will be followed by a series of online workshops throughout the week.

After two years of limited opportunities to organise events, this will be a much-awaited chance for carers living countywide to meet in person. Speakers include Emily Holzhausen, OBE, the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, one of the country’s foremost experts on carers’ issues.

Local carers will discuss what their key needs are coming out of pandemic, what has worked in the last 2 years and what impact it has had on their lives. Carers attending the 2020 conference said: At last I feel someone is listening, understanding and speaks the same language. I don’t feel quite so scared about the future now.”

The organisers are taking extra precautions to make the in-person conference meeting a Covid-safe event, with limited numbers and extra ventilation as well as offering online workshops during the week. 

CEO of Care for the Carers, Jennifer Twist, said, “This is one of our key events of the year and a chance for us to have a dedicated space to hear carers’ voices. The conference findings will enable us to ensure carers’ voices impact local health and social care services and share more widely what is important to carers in East Sussex. We really look forward to welcoming carers again.”

The conference is completely free to attend, for details and registration please visit https://www.cftc.org.uk/make-a-difference/have-your-say/carers-conference/carers-voices-conference-2022/ orphone 01323 738390

If you are an unpaid carer, or know someone who is, and would like to know more about the support we provide, you can find out more on our website www.cftc.org.uk, emailing info@cftc.org.uk, or phoning 01323 738390.

About Care for the Carers

Care for the Carers is the Carers Centre for East Sussex and an independent charity supporting unpaid carers across the county. The charity is commissioned to provide services to carers by East Sussex County Council and the NHS.

The charity provides free practical and emotional advice to Carers and a range of services. Services include referrals to other local services, outreach support, one-to-one crisis help and guidance, coaching, training, wellbeing and support groups, activities and counselling. They strive to create carer friendly communities and peer support opportunities across East Sussex.

Care for the Carers aims to do more to help carers in East Sussex through raising awareness, fundraising and volunteering. Their work ensures that no one is left to care alone. Further information is available at: www.cftc.org.uk, by phoning 01323 738390 or emailing info@cftc.org.uk.

East Sussex Carers Voices Conference

Care for the Carers holds an Annual Carers Voices Conference which is free to attend for unpaid carers.  Focusing on hearing Carers Voices, the conference aims are to:

  • keep carers informed and share information
  • bring carers together
  • listen to and amplify carers voices

The conference includes workshops and speakers on a variety of useful and relevant topics of interest to carers.  The event provides an opportunity for carers to find out about different topics, meet other carers, and discuss their views and experiences.  The feedback shared by carers at the conference is used to inform Care for the Carers’ strategic work.

There is also an Information Market Place with displays from different statutory and voluntary organisations, offering information about services and resources available in East Sussex for unpaid carers.

The Care for the Carers’ conference is a popular event and gives carers the chance to network with other carers and a range of organisations, as well as enjoy a free lunch and refreshments.

About carers in East Sussex

Care for the Carers estimates that there are 69,241 unpaid carers in East Sussex, and below are the estimated figures for each area*. It is difficult to know the actual number of carers because so many carers are hidden.

Wealden          19,356
Lewes              13,686
Rother             13,287
Eastbourne      12,621
Hastings          10,291

There are an estimated additional 34,000 carers due to the pandemic.

There are an estimated 21,000 young carers in East Sussex.

Please contact Amy Hope, Fundraising Manager, for supporting information: 01323 738390 or email amyh@cftc.org.uk