Care for the Carers is helping to raise awareness of the rights that unpaid carers are entitled to, but may not be aware of. The charity is taking part in Carers Rights Day, which is on Thursday 24th November 2022, and is encouraging local support for the campaign.

Carers Rights Day is a national campaign that brings organisations together to promote the rights of everyone who looks after somebody who could not manage without their help. This can be due to ill health, frailty, disability, mental ill health or addiction. It is estimated that over 100,000 of the UK’s estimated 10.58 million unpaid carers live in East Sussex.

This year’s theme for Carers Rights Day is ‘Caring Costs’. This can refer to the financial impact of caring, which is being felt more severely due to the cost of living crisis. Caring can also affect employment and damage relationships, whether through not being able to take time out to spend with loved ones or through changes to the relationship with those they care for.

Locally, 92% of carers in East Sussex feel alone or isolated, 99% feel stressed and 92% feel their wellbeing has been affected as a result of their caring role. There has been an alarming increase in the number of carers experiencing issues with their finances, with 85% of carers saying this is the case, a figure which has increased dramatically since 2021.*

Carers have many rights, including flexible working and being consulted on hospital discharge.

Jennifer Twist, Chief Executive from Care for the Carers says: “Many carers are telling us that they are struggling.  Many are undertaking increasingly complex caring roles, feeling isolated and are disproportionately affected by rapid increases in the cost of living. We want carers to know that they are not alone, that they have rights and that there is support available. 

On the 24th November we are asking everyone to show their support and help raise awareness of Carers Rights Day.  If you are a carer, we are here to support you so please do get in touch.”

Simple ways to show your support can be found on their dedicated webpage: www.cftc.org.uk/caring-costs with information and resources about carers’ rights.

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.

About Carers Rights Day 2022
Carers Rights Day is an annual campaign organised by Carers UK to raise awareness of carers and their rights. The theme this year is Caring Costs.

This Carers Rights Day, they want as many organisations and individuals as possible to help:

  • ensure carers are aware of their rights
  • let carers know where to get help and support
  • raise awareness of the needs of carers.

Whether someone has recently become a carer, realised they have been caring for a while without support or has been caring for someone for many years, it’s important they understand their rights and are able to access the support that is available to them as soon as they need it.

Carers need to know their rights wherever they are in their caring journey and regardless of setting; be that in the workplace, in accessing healthcare, when interacting with professionals or at home. This Carers Rights Day, they want to empower carers with information and support, so they can feel confident asking for what they need and can challenge things when their rights are not being met.

We all need to recognise what Caring Costs – and this Carers Rights Day, Carers UK, want everyone to come together to spread the word about what life is like for unpaid carers, promote where they can go for help and support, and make them aware of their rights and how to access them.

More information on the national campaign is available from: https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/carers-rights-day

Local statistics:

  • There are now an estimated 10.58 million unpaid carers across the UK, which is one in five adults *
  • At least 69,241 people are unpaid carers in East Sussex (based on 2011 UK Census).
  • There is an estimated 34,000 additional carers in East Sussex since the pandemic.
  • There are an estimated 21,000 young carers in the county
  • In the financial year 2021/22 – 9,265 carers in East Sussex accessed support from Care for the Carers. 

Estimated figures for unpaid carers in each district**. It is difficult to know the actual number of carers because so many carers are hidden.

Wealden19,356
Lewes13,686
Rother13,287
Eastbourne12,621
Hastings10,291