Support For You Time for You

We understand that caring for someone is an emotional rollercoaster that can include a range of emotions such as isolation, guilt, loss and sadness.  Taking time to care for yourself can help but when there is so much to manage it is difficult to know what would help, which is why we offer a variety of supports to fit in with your life.

Take a look at what we can do to help you:

Support Groups

Going to a support group can seem like a scary prospect to some people, but really it’s just an opportunity to meet other carers in a similar situation to yourself and talk about your experiences and get support as well as picking up helpful practical tips. 

We run over sixty Carers Support Groups at different venues across the county each month.  

In addition to our Carers Support Group where all carers are welcome we have some specialised groups also.  These include:

  • Dementia
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Learning difficulties and Autistic Spectrum
  • Men’s group
  • Parent Carers
  • Sukhmani Society group
  • Eating Disorder
  • Mental Health
  • Walking Groups
  • Former Carers Group
  • Young Adult Carers

For full lists of support groups please see the downloadable documents in the right hand column.  Or use our Support Finder to find a group near you.

Counselling

We can offer one to one counselling at venues near to you where you can talk to a professional counsellor, who can give you the opportunity to explore how things are for you.   Family and friends may want to help, however Counselling is a way for you to work through what is important from your perspective with someone independent and with someone who is there to listen to you only.  We offer up to 12 free sessions of counselling at venues across the county.

In partnership with RELATE we can also explore with you if couples counselling could help or family therapy as we recognise that a caring role impacts on all relationships

Telephone Support

We have telephone support available.  This isn’t telephone counselling but a regular monthly call from a friendly voice with a listening ear.  This gives the chance to keep in touch with us and have someone ask how you are. 

Relaxation Therapies

'After the massage I felt as refreshed as if I’d had a good night’s sleep’

As a carer, it is vitally important that you take time for yourself, to look after your own health and wellbeing.  One way of doing this is to make sure you get opportunities to relax and de-stress.  We have set up arrangements with some local complementary therapists across West Sussex, to offer one free relaxation therapy appointment per carer with one of the therapists on our list.  Therapies currently available include different types of massage, reflexology, reiki, beauty treatments and hypnotherapy.

If you’d like to try a free taster session, contact us to ask for a voucher and list of therapists taking part.  Therapists are available across the county so you’re sure to find one in your area (although not all therapists offer all therapies, so depending on what you choose, you may need to travel a bit).  And if you like it and want to carry on, the therapist can give you details of the cost of future sessions.  If the cost is an issue, you might want to apply to our Carer Wellbeing Fund, to apply for a grant towards the cost of the therapies. 

Wellbeing Courses

We run sessions throughout West Sussex as part of our Carer Learning & Wellbeing programme.  These sessions cover practical things such as Back Care, Everyday First Aid, Will and Power of Attorney, Employment and Volunteering, Managing Medication and Continence Care and Communicating with Confidence as well as sessions to help you as a carer with your own wellbeing, such as Living with Guilt, Healthy Relationships, Relaxation Techniques and Art Therapy. 

A full programme is available on the right hand panel to download.  For more information and booking instructions visit the listing on our events page or contact us for more details.

Respite and Timeout Events

'I desperately needed some time to myself before I forgot that I was a person in my own right.  You helped me to get some regular time away so I could be myself again’.

Being able to recharge your batteries is an important part of most people’s lives, and is especially important for carers, who can feel isolated as well as experience back pain, stress and other conditions as a result of their caring role.

Respite can mean different things to different people – it might be residential respite for the person you care for so you can stay at home and have some time to yourself. It might be meaningful day time activities for the person you care for.  Or you might have a different idea altogether about what a break means to you.  We can tell you about respite and other opportunities that are available to suit your situation.  Or we can give you some ideas for you to make your own enquiries, depending on what you like to do. 

We may be able to help with paying towards the cost of this, through our Carer Wellbeing Fund.

Throughout the year we plan and organise days out and events designed to give carers some ‘Time Out’ from their regular routines. Time to themselves they can relax, meet new people or try a new activity.

Here are some examples of the ways carers have enjoyed some ‘Time Out’ with us at some of our events.

  • Relaxation and Pamper Events
  • Lunches and Afternoon Teas
  • Wellbeing Walks
  • Retreat Days
  • Visits to Places of Interest
  • Garden Parties
  • Places of Worship Tour
  • Laughter Yoga

We have a ‘Planning Group’ which is made up of carers, volunteers and staff from Carers Support and partner organisations, who plan the year’s activities.  To keep up to date with all the events we are planning, keep an eye on our Events Page or if you would like to be involved in planning or helping at our events please Contact us.

Also Available:

Carers Health Team

'Someone listened to my worries about my wife’s health, and then did something about it’

The Carers Health Team is a team of health professionals working with Sussex Community NHS Trust, who will work with any carer over the age of 18 who would like to improve their physical or emotional health.  The Carers Health Team works closely with NHS specialist services, social & caring services and voluntary & community services and will link carers with these services when appropriate.  They can provide information and advice on specific health conditions, managing medicines as well as practical advice on the caring environment (safe lifting and handling, healthy eating, risk minimisation), and are happy to arrange appointments to visit carers in their own home at a time to suit their needs, including outside of Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm hours.  However, the Carers Health Team is not an emergency service.

You don’t need your GP or another organisation to refer you, you can contact them yourself if you’d like to find out more about how they can work with you to improve your health:

South team (covering areas in and around Littlehampton, Storrington, Worthing, Shoreham, Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Arundel, Pulborough, Billingshurst and Bognor Regis)

Phone: 01243 623521

North team (covering areas in and around Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex)

Phone: 01403 227000 ext 7613/7686

Other health services can be accessed via your GP practice – for instance did you know that carers are entitled to free flu jabs in their own right; and most GP practices keep a Carers Register, so that they know who are carers and can offer flexibility with appointments to make the caring role easier.