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Carers o'clock

Health + Creativity + Community = Wellbeing

Carers O'Clock is a series of activity sessions for carers across East Sussex, commissioned through the East Sussex County Council Adult Social Care Small Grants Programme.

  • 1 in 10 people in East Sussex care for someone. 

  • 72% of carers responding to Carers UK's State of Caring 2018 Survey said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring. 

  • 61% said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring. 

  • 8 in 10 people caring for loved ones say they have felt lonely or socially isolated. 

Our sessions for carers and young carers, are led by expert artists, designed to provide opportunities to meet with other carers, and engage in creative activities together in a safe and supportive environment.   

 

We are hosting a drop in day for carers in Eastbourne on June 8th! 

For more info or to book your lunch, please email info@cultureshift.org.uk

 

In response to the pandemic and all the additional pressure and isolation experienced by carers, we created regular ‘Carer O’Clock’ bulletins, distributed to carers via social media and targeted networks with the support of our partners at Care For The Carers. The bulletins include simple ideas and suggestions for carers to address their own needs through reflection, relaxation, physical and creative activities. 

Anyone is able to access these resources by clicking on the links below, and we now also have a regular Talk and Make session, currently hosted monthly online. The Talk and Make sessions are about giving carers a bit of time for themselves. Informal, fun and supportive, these sessions allow for you to connect with other carers, get a little bit creative and to just generally unwind from your day-to-day lives. The sessions are free and open to any unpaid carers. For the Zoom link and more details, please contact us via mail info@cultureshift.org.uk

Please use the hashtag #itscarersoclock to share tips, messages of support, and your creative efforts.

Download the bulletin from week one click here

Download the bulletin from week two click here

Download the bulletin from week three click here

Download the bulletin from week four click here

Download the bulletin from week five click here

Download the bulletin from week six click here

Download the bulletin from week seven click here

Download the bulletin from week eight click here

To find out more or to receive a printed copy of the resources for a carer, please email julia@cultureshift.org.uk

Carers Week 2021

  #makecaringvisibleandvalued.
 

There are over 6.5 million carers in the UK, many of these are at home, caring for family members often without support or recognition and many people have taken on more caring responsibilities over the past year as a result of the pandemic. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

This year Carers Week is being held 7th – 13th June.
Find out more at Home | Carers Week

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