Local charity the Association of Carers is delighted to announce that they have been
awarded funding from East Sussex County Council to continue providing a free, volunteer-
led respite and befriending service to unpaid carers in East Sussex.
The service matches the carer and the person they look after with a carefully selected and
thoroughly checked volunteer. The volunteer comes to the carer’s home, usually at the same
time each week for around three hours. This gives the carer the opportunity to go out and
have some time to themselves and enables the volunteer and the cared for person to build
a long-term befriending relationship. The charity is also able to support carers to plan and
identify residential respite breaks.
The charity has also received funding to provide two additional services. Carers Wellbeing
Support provides carers with emotional support via a regular phone call from the same,
trained volunteer (often a former carer). Volunteers are able to signpost or refer the carer
for additional support and carers experiencing complex issues can receive short-term
professional counselling via telephone or skype.
Computer Help at Home supports Carers to learn to use their own computer, in ways that
will support them in their caring role, without having to leave the person they look after.
Delivered by volunteers, sessions last for around two hours and continue for up to six weeks.
Services Manager, Sue Palmer said:
“We are delighted to have been successful in our application for funding from East Sussex
County Council which will enable us to continue supporting local carers for the next three
years. Carers across East Sussex are able to refer themselves for any of our services, which
are all free. If you are a carer or know someone who is and want to find out more please call
us on 0300 330 9498.
The charity is currently recruiting three new members of staff to help them deliver these
services. Details can be found on East Sussex County Council’s website or by calling Sue
Palmer on 01424 722 309.