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Carers Rights Week

At some point in our lives 3 out of 5 of us will become carers. Caring can be both wonderful and tough. Right now, we know that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will be placing significant additional pressure on carers across the county. But we want carers to know they are not alone. In fact, carers should be celebrated for the incredibly vital work they do every day for friends and family members. Which is why we want to shine the light on the amazing work carers are doing right now, and to let them know that we are here to offer support and guidance along with practical and emotional support.

As well as all the media during the week – we are also working with our partners at West Sussex County Council to “shine a light” on everything carers do.

Together let’s make caring visible to our friends, family and at work, visible to other carers and visible to the communities we live in.


Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring right out into the open – recognising and celebrating the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This Carers Week, we’re recognising that now, more than ever before, it’s time for us to come together and help Make Caring Visible

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers, yet they often feel isolated – and they are seven times more likely to say they are lonely than the general population. They will be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, or who needs extra help as they grow older. Many carers feel isolated and that their caring role is hidden.

Everyone has a part to play in making sure these carers are seen, heard, and understood; and helping them to get the support they need to care.

This could include an employer setting up an online carers’ network, a GP practice offering an annual health check or alternative appointment times to carers, or a business offering special deals or priority access for carers. Or it could be each of us reaching out to our family, friends or neighbours, who we know are caring for someone, and letting them know that we are there for them too.

For more information, please visit the official Carers Week website.

Carers Week 2020 Blogs

Carers Week 2020 Photography Competition winners

We held a photography competition for Carers Week, with the theme Spotlight On Carers. We’re pleased to announce the three winners below. There were so many fantastic entries and it was hard to pick just three winners. Thank you everyone who enter...

19 June 2020

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Reflecting on Carers Week

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring right out into the open – recognising and celebrating the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. Although we couldn’t meet up as normal this year, we had ...

18 June 2020

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Shine the Light: Part three

It’s Carers Week, and the theme for 2020 is ‘Making Caring Visible’. Carers should be celebrated for the incredibly vital work they do every day for friends and family members. This week we’ll be sharing the stories of a few of our carers, to shin...

11 June 2020

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Shine the Light: Part two

It’s Carers Week, and the theme for 2020 is ‘Making Caring Visible’. Carers should be celebrated for the incredibly vital work they do every day for friends and family members. This week we’ll be sharing the stories of a few of our carers, to shin...

10 June 2020

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Cookies for Carers Recipe

Faye, a Carer Wellbeing Support Worker on our Dementia team, has made this cookie recipe to be possibly the most versatile cookie recipe ever. It has been especially created and adapted for the Carers of Carers Support West Sussex and for increasi...

09 June 2020

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Shine the Light: Part one

It’s Carers Week, and the theme for 2020 is ‘Making Caring Visible’. Carers should be celebrated for the incredibly vital work they do every day for friends and family members. This week we’ll be sharing the stories of a few of our carers, to shin...

09 June 2020

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Carers Week 2020: Event schedule

Although we can’t meet up as normal this Carers Week, we have planned a week of virtual exclusive events for us to connect up during this time with a mix of social, wellbeing, and learning events. Please see more information below about the carefu...

26 May 2020

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Making Caring Visible and Shining a Light on Family and Friend Carers Across West Sussex

Every Thursday evening, we stand on our doorsteps and make some noise. At first, we were clapping for the NHS, then we added in key workers, shopworkers, posties, delivery drivers, each other and now we are just clapping to be alive. There is som...

26 May 2020

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Carers Week 2020 Photography Competition – Spotlight on Carers

Last year for Carers Week we launched our first Photo Competition and were blown away by the fantastic entries. We’re excited to be bringing the competition back for Carers Week 2020 with the theme ‘Spotlight on Carers’ Caring can be both wonderfu...

19 May 2020

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Carers Week 2019

From Trishaws to music, cookery, coffee and cake, Carers Week 2019 was another fantastic event. Here are some photos showing what we got up to across West Sussex.