A new support service for carers in West Sussex is formally launched next week during Carer’s Week – June 10th to 16th.
Carers Support West Sussex, funded by West Sussex County Council, provides support and information for carers across the county and promotes a new West Sussex ‘Carer Network’ for carers to have their voice heard.
The new combined service started in April and will coordinate local carers services within one charity. Partner organisations will promote services at community events across the county during Carers Week.
A celebration launch also comes during the annual Carers Week highlighting the vital role of carers. The national week, promoted by charities including Carers Trust and Carers UK raises the profile of carers, raises awareness of their needs, identies hidden carers and celebrates the contribution that carers make.
This year’s theme is ‘Prepared to Care?’ focusing on how carers are coping and how they are supported and prepared to care for the future. Carers are people who help a relative, child, partner or friend who is either frail, has a mental and/or physical illness, is disabled, or affected by substance misuse.
Jennie Musgrove, Chief Executive of Carers Support West Sussex said: “Through this new countywide service we will be working with GPs and clinicians through their new Clinical Commissioning Groups to provide better support for carers.
“The main priority now is ensuring all carers known to our GP practices and hospitals are offered our support and ensuring that every GP asks each and every patient if there is a carer involved.”
West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Peter Catchpole, said: “Carers perform a vital role and Carers Week is a chance to show them some well-deserved recognition.
“In West Sussex the most recent figures estimate there are 84,000 unpaid carers, saving West Sussex an estimated £1 billion a year.
“This national week highlights the importance of ensuring that carers are supported to maintain a life of their own was well as delivering the vital care and support to their loved ones.”