What is Carers Week?
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – supporting family members and friends who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need extra help as they grow older.
This year, carers across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for what they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding. So during Carers Week, we are coming together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued.
To find out more about Carers Week and to add your support to the campaign for increased respite funding please visit their website www.carersweek.org
Special Offers for Carers Card holders during Carers Week
The Carers Card for Brighton and Hove, brings you savings right across the city from a variety of businesses throughout the year.
To help Make Caring Visible and Valued this Carers Week, our friends at Amaze have teamed up with a number of local businesses to bring you some special offers just for Carers Week. To see the fantastic Carers Week discounts please click here Special Offers for Carers Card holders during Carers Week
Dont have a Carers Card, no problem. The Carers Card for Brighton and Hove is free to people that care for chidren, young people and adults in the Brighton and Hove area, for more information about applying for your Carers Card please click here
To see the wonderful regular offers for the Carers Card please visit www.mylifebh.org.uk/the-carers-card/
Please note: We recommend you check the most up to date Covid procedures with each individual venue and outlet.
Coming up from the Carers Centre this Carers Week
Join the Carers Centre thoughout Carers Week (7-13 June) as they celebrate the valuable contributions made by all of our Brighton & Hove Carers.
Throughout the week they will be bringing you useful carer related information, Great Workshops, fun activities and our weekly coffee and chat session. Due to ongoing restrictions all meetings and activities will be carried out on Zoom unless otherwise stated.
Get support while you care
If you are an unpaid carer for family members or friends, you can contact The Carers Hub to access a range of support and information from their dedicated advice and assessment support services:
Sign up to the Carers Digital Newsletter to keep up to date with the digital support and services that are available, as well as a range of resources to provide you with a break.
Support for young carers
The Young Carers Project supports children & young people aged 6-17 years, who are helping to care for someone in their family, with a disability, mental health condition, substance misuse issue or long-term illness. Young Adult Carers aged 16-25 can also get specialised support.
Support for employers and employees who also have a caring role
An estimated 1 in 7 employees provide unpaid care for a family, friends or a neighbour. This can have a serious effect on them and also their employer.
The Carers Centre offers specialist support and advice for employers and employees as well as a regular monthly peer support group for working carers or those wishing to return to work.
Employers for Carers scheme
Organisations in Brighton & Hove with fewer than 250 employees can become part of the free Employers for Carers scheme. This gives you access to a range of digital resources to support employees who are carers.
Larger organisations can also join the scheme with costs dependent on the number of employees.