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.
Sessions are led by expert artists, designed to provide carers with opportunities to meet with others and engage in creative activities together in a safe and supportive environment.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face to face activities have been postponed, but with increased pressures and limitations that lockdown has created, the need for carers to be supported is as apparent as ever.
In response to this need, we adapted our original delivery plans and are creating regular ‘Carer O’Clock’ bulletins, these are being distributed to carers via social media and targeted networks with the support of our partners at Care For The Carers. It is anticipated that this activity will continue from April-July 2020. The bulletins include ideas and suggestions for carers to address their own needs through simple reflection, relaxation, physical and creative activities. We are supporting one another online with a fortnightly virtual chat session and using the hashtag #itscarersoclock to share tips, messages of support, and our creative efforts. An online gallery of the material produced will be created and shared.
To find out more, including details for the virtual zoom cafe details or to receive a printed copy of the resources for a carer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Making Caring Visible
Carers Week 2020 June 8 - 15th is focused on #makingcaringvisible.
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. If you care for someone in this way, show your community that you are here, and if you want to show support for this cause we ask you to decorate your window to show that you too care. You can download a poster here or check out our origami heart video and instructions here - or get creative and cut out, draw, paint whatever inspires you to show that you care.