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  • close New dates for our regular walking groups
    Jul 12 2017
    New dates for our regular walking groups
    Trees

    Why not join us for a Walk? 

    We have regular walks in Tilgate and Southwater Parks and at different venues in the coastal area of the county.

    Please download flyers for details.


  • close Carers Week - Video Diary
    Jun 12 2017
    Carers Week - Video Diary
    Sue and Pete

    For Carers Week, we asked Sue to record a video diary about caring for her husband Pete, who has MS.  We'll be posting her updates all this week.

  • close Carers Support West Sussex celebrated Family and Friend Carers during Carers Week
    Jun 12 2017
    Carers Support West Sussex celebrated Family and Friend Carers during Carers Week
    Carers Week logo 2017 2

    Carers Support West Sussex is spending Carers Week (12th – 18th June) celebrating the amazing contribution of around 89,000 Family and Friend Carers who care for other people across West Sussex. 

    The West Sussex charity is hosting and taking part in more than 40 events over the course of the week, including information stands at West Sussex libraries, hospitals and GP surgeries.  Staff are also hosting a Vintage Tea Party in Lancing, a Punjabi Street Food demonstration in Horsham and has given away tickets to the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton.

    We will be offering support to Carers and urging everyone to be Carer Friendly and build Carer Friendly Communities.

    There are more than 89,000 Carers in West Sussex and, save the county more than £1.5 billion a year.*

    Jennie Musgrove, Carers Support West Sussex Chief Executive said:

    “We want local people to recognize the selfless, hard work and support Carers give to their family and friends.  There are many stresses and strains to face but also many rewards and comforts of helping loved ones to remain in their homes when they are frail, unwell, need support or have other special needs.  Please just ask any Carer to give us a call. “

    As part of Carers Week, Carers Support West Sussex is also releasing a video diary, produced by one of our 18,000 registered Carers, charting a week in the life of looking after her husband.  Sue Fermor Bradstock, from Crawley, cares for her husband Pete, who has Multiple Sclerosis.  The diary will be published on the Carers Support Facebook page daily during Carers Week.  You can find the page here: https://www.facebook.com/CarersWSussex/

    About making the video diary, Sue said:

    “I was nervous about making the video diary but having personal experience and having met many Carers while employed as a Health Care Assistant in a Mental Health setting I have for some time wanted to play a part in highlighting what it is like to be a Carer.”

    “It can be hard for those who have never been in this position to have any idea.  It can be challenging and both emotionally and physically exhausting. You may have to deal with situations at home and with outside agencies that you are not familiar with.  It is a role that has no training and varies enormously from person to person.”

    Sue continued:

    “If the person you are caring for cannot communicate well or has altered perception you can sometimes feel very lonely.”

    “We have a small group of Carers who know Pete well and have almost become part of the family. We have supportive family, church and friends locally. Others are not this fortunate.”

    “It sometimes feels like an enormous responsibility, particularly knowing when to get professional help.  It can be a struggle financially if you give up work to look after someone. 

    However it is very rewarding to know that you are looking after the person you care for to the best of your ability and enabling them to remain happily with their family in their own home.”

    “If you know a Carer ask them about their situation, there may be some very small thing you could do to make a difference and if not, you asking might just make them feel that someone cares about them too.”

    Carers Support West Sussex will be hosting events across the county over the course of the week, including Worthing, Crawley, Lancing, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Horsham, Haywards Heath, Midhurst, Littlehampton, East Grinstead, Arundel, Broadfield, Findon, Southbourne, Steyning, Storrington, Henfield and Burgess Hill.

    More information can be found on our website carerssupport.org.uk or by calling our Carer Response Line on 0300 028 8888.

  • close Carers Support West Sussex highlights impact of dementia on Family and Friend Carers during Dementia Awareness Week
    May 15 2017
    Carers Support West Sussex highlights impact of dementia on Family and Friend Carers during Dementia Awareness Week
    Carers Support Bird Only Logo

     

    During Dementia Awareness Week (15th – 22nd May), Carers Support West Sussex is highlighting the huge impact dementia has on those caring for someone with dementia.

     

     

    More than 3800 Carers registered with the West Sussex charity care for someone with dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  That’s more than 1 in 5 of the total number of its registered Carers*.

    To coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, Carers Support has spoken with one of those Carers about the challenges, emotions and feelings Carers face every day.   The interview with Lonè Sarosi, from Ifield in Crawley, who cares for her husband George, can be found here:

     

     

    On hearing the diagnosis more than two years ago, Lonè said:

    “Having had to give up a job that I had loved for many years, I just think, ‘why us?  Why me?’”

    Lonè continued:

    “Just before Christmas I suddenly felt very very lonely because I felt I had to do it all.  He didn’t have any interest in children’s birthdays, Christmas presents and we do quite an extensive Christmas.  I thought ‘I can’t do all of this’ and I suppose this is where I had the information about Carers Support. The time has come to share some of this build up because now I had done it for over two years.”

    Jane Renshaw, Carers Support West Sussex Dementia Team Lead said:

    “Caring for someone with dementia can be a very stressful and emotional time.  Carers experience a range of feelings and can struggle to deal with the day-to-day challenges, including financial, legal and medical difficulties, and of course, very often their own health suffers greatly.”

    Jane continued:

    “We offer a range of different services, including support groups, a Carer Response Line and wellbeing support that can support Carers through one of the most challenging times of their lives.”

    Lonè started coming to Carers Support West Sussex support groups earlier this year and said:

    “That learning that I did for the first couple of years, it was hard learning because and sometimes I felt as isolated as he was because I wanted to do it myself because I’ve always been that way inclined and I suppose that’s what happened when I said ‘I will now go to the meetings’ and I will be involved so I can learn and share with others share some of my experiences but also that I can learn from them”.

    Carers Support West Sussex are also supporting a number of events during Dementia Awareness Week, including a Horsham Carers Cream Tea organised by the Alzheimer’s Society , a Dementia Alliance event in Burgess Hill, a Becoming a Dementia Friend event in Midhurst and other similar events in Chichester, Bognor, Lancing and Warnham.

    Carers Support West Sussex also hosts a number of Dementia Carer Support Groups throughout the year in Crawley, Worthing, Pulborough, Lancing and Southbourne.

    More than 3800 Carers registered with the West Sussex charity care for someone with dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  That’s more than 1 in 5 of the total number of its registered Carers*.

     

    To coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, Carers Support has spoken with one of those Carers about the challenges, emotions and feelings Carers face every day.   The interview with Lonè Sarosi, from Ifield in Crawley, who cares for her husband George, can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/user-429013647/dementia-awareness-week-lone

     

    On hearing the diagnosis more than two years ago, Lonè said:

    “Having had to give up a job that I had loved for many years, I just think, ‘why us?  Why me?’”

     

    Lonè continued:

    “Just before Christmas I suddenly felt very very lonely because I felt I had to do it all.  He didn’t have any interest in children’s birthdays, Christmas presents and we do quite an extensive Christmas.  I thought ‘I can’t do all of this’ and I suppose this is where I had the information about Carers Support. The time has come to share some of this build up because now I had done it for over two years.”

     

    Jane Renshaw, Carers Support West Sussex Dementia Team Lead said:

    “Caring for someone with dementia can be a very stressful and emotional time.  Carers experience a range of feelings and can struggle to deal with the day-to-day challenges, including financial, legal and medical difficulties, and of course, very often their own health suffers greatly.”

     

    Jane continued:

    “We offer a range of different services, including support groups, a Carer Response Line and wellbeing support that can support Carers through one of the most challenging times of their lives.”

     

    Lonè started coming to Carers Support West Sussex support groups earlier this year and said:

    “That learning that I did for the first couple of years, it was hard learning because and sometimes I felt as isolated as he was because I wanted to do it myself because I’ve always been that way inclined and I suppose that’s what happened when I said ‘I will now go to the meetings’ and I will be involved so I can learn and share with others share some of my experiences but also that I can learn from them”.

     

    Carers Support West Sussex are also supporting a number of events during Dementia Awareness Week, including a Horsham Carers Cream Tea organised by the Alzheimer’s Society , a Dementia Alliance event in Burgess Hill, a Becoming a Dementia Friend event in Midhurst and other similar events in Chichester, Bognor, Lancing and Warnham.

     

    Carers Support West Sussex also hosts a number of Dementia Carer Support Groups throughout the year in Crawley, Worthing, Pulborough, Lancing and Southbourne.

    More than 3800 Carers registered with the West Sussex charity care for someone with dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  That’s more than 1 in 5 of the total number of its registered Carers*.

     

    To coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, Carers Support has spoken with one of those Carers about the challenges, emotions and feelings Carers face every day.   The interview with Lonè Sarosi, from Ifield in Crawley, who cares for her husband George, can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/user-429013647/dementia-awareness-week-lone

     

    On hearing the diagnosis more than two years ago, Lonè said:

    “Having had to give up a job that I had loved for many years, I just think, ‘why us?  Why me?’”

     

    Lonè continued:

    “Just before Christmas I suddenly felt very very lonely because I felt I had to do it all.  He didn’t have any interest in children’s birthdays, Christmas presents and we do quite an extensive Christmas.  I thought ‘I can’t do all of this’ and I suppose this is where I had the information about Carers Support. The time has come to share some of this build up because now I had done it for over two years.”

     

    Jane Renshaw, Carers Support West Sussex Dementia Team Lead said:

    “Caring for someone with dementia can be a very stressful and emotional time.  Carers experience a range of feelings and can struggle to deal with the day-to-day challenges, including financial, legal and medical difficulties, and of course, very often their own health suffers greatly.”

     

    Jane continued:

    “We offer a range of different services, including support groups, a Carer Response Line and wellbeing support that can support Carers through one of the most challenging times of their lives.”

     

    Lonè started coming to Carers Support West Sussex support groups earlier this year and said:

    “That learning that I did for the first couple of years, it was hard learning because and sometimes I felt as isolated as he was because I wanted to do it myself because I’ve always been that way inclined and I suppose that’s what happened when I said ‘I will now go to the meetings’ and I will be involved so I can learn and share with others share some of my experiences but also that I can learn from them”.

     

    Carers Support West Sussex are also supporting a number of events during Dementia Awareness Week, including a Horsham Carers Cream Tea organised by the Alzheimer’s Society , a Dementia Alliance event in Burgess Hill, a Becoming a Dementia Friend event in Midhurst and other similar events in Chichester, Bognor, Lancing and Warnham.

     

    Carers Support West Sussex also hosts a number of Dementia Carer Support Groups throughout the year in Crawley, Worthing, Pulborough, Lancing and Southbourne.

  • close Our Summer newsletter is out now
    May 09 2017
    Our Summer newsletter is out now
    Carers Support Bird Only Logo

    Take a look at our Summer newsletter...


  • close Voucher for Free Relaxation Therapy Taster Session
    Mar 30 2017
    Voucher for Free Relaxation Therapy Taster Session
    Stones

    We have 24 partner Relaxation Therapists across West Sussex offering free taster sessions for carers registered with us. Call us on 0300 028 8888 to request a voucher and a list of therapists.

    If you have a voucher numbered up to and including 2000, please can we that you use it within the next 6 months. 

    We hope you enjoy your chosen therapy, it may be just what you need. 

  • close Individual Support Sessions available at the Haven in Henfield
    Mar 08 2017
    Individual Support Sessions available at the Haven in Henfield
    CSWS pens and cards

     If you would like information and support on an individual basis we are now offering 1:1 appointments at The Haven, Hewitts, Henfield BN5 9DT.

    Please call us on 0300 028 8888 to book your appointment.

    • 2nd and 4thTuesday of the month 10am to 1pm - for all carers
    • 3rdWednesday of the month 10am to 1pm - for dementia carers

     Please see flyer for details.


  • close Change of day for Southwick Carers Support Group
    Feb 23 2017
    Change of day for Southwick Carers Support Group
    Southwick coffee and cake

    Southwick Carers Support Group will now meet on the third Tuesday of the month.

    Join us for coffee and cake on March 21 from 10am to 11.30am

    Southwick Community Centre 24 Southwick Street, Southwick BN42 4TE

  • close New Group in Horsham for Family and Friends supporting someone with drug or alcohol dependency
    Feb 22 2017
    New Group in Horsham for Family and Friends supporting someone with drug or alcohol dependency
    FFN Group Horsham

    A new group for famiy and friend supporting someone with drug or alcohol dependency launches at The Capitol, North Street, Horsham RH12 1RG on March 21st.

    The group will then meet on the third Tuesday of each month  from 11.30am to 1.00pm

    Please download flyer for details.


  • close Support Group for Carers of People living with Dementia launches in Broadfield in March
    Feb 20 2017
    Support Group for Carers of People living with Dementia launches in Broadfield in March
    Broadfield Dementia group

    A Support Group for Carers of people living with Dementia launches on March 30 in Broadfield.

    Please download flyer for details.