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.

Getting Carers Connected

The theme of Carers Week 2019 is ‘Getting Carers Connected’.  All the details of what we’re doing to connect carers, including events, activities and drop-ins can be found below.

Connected to Advice and Information

This is Becca.  She’s a parent carer to her son Alfie, who is autistic.  Becca is amazing and has been talking to Carers Support about being a carer and how we’ve supported her and her family.  If you’d like more information about what services we can offer Parent Carers, you can head to our Parent Carer page.

Connected to Services

Our amazing Hospital Team supports carers at acute and community hospitals in West Sussex and Redhill in Surrey. Meet John and Suzana who”ve been talking about what they do day-to-day.  Find out more on our Hospital Team Page.

Connected to Friends and Family

Our PAPA workshops support people caring for autistic adults 16+. We run a number of them around the county and have been given great feedback by those who have gone along. Penny talks about why they can be so helpful to carers.   Find out more about the workshops here

Connected to other carers

Adeelah is our Carer Engagement Co-ordinator and works with different communities across West Sussex. Here she talks about linking up people through their own community groups and how Carers Support can help facilitate that.

Connected to Technology

Lynn is our Carer Equipment Service Lead and has helped support thousands of carers access equipment to support them in their caring role. If you’d like to know more about the service, head to our Carer Equipment Service page

Carers Support Photo Competition

For Carers Registered with Carers Support

Thank you to everyone who entered our Carers Week photo competition. Entries have closed and our panel of judges will be meeting later this week to decide the winners. We will then be contacting those winners and announcing them early next week.

Weald and Downland Living Museum – Tuesday June 11th

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Weald and Downland Museum on Tuesday 11th July.  We had some great weather and more than 80 carers join us for the day.  Some of the feedback we received included:

“The weather put its hat on for all carers today and the museum is so calming and peaceful just what carers need every now and again.”

 “It was a wonderful day we really enjoyed it xx”

 “Thank you for a beautiful afternoon”

Carers Coffee Morning – Tuesday 11th June

Thank you to all the carers who took advantage of some free coffee and cake during our Carers Week coffee morning at Squires Garden Centre in Crawley.  Thank you to Squires for hosting a tremendous event and for all the support they continue to show us.

“…it was a really enjoyable morning, especially meeting people in a similar situation to myself, looking after elderly parent(s).  It was my first social event with Carers Support and I hope to be able to go to another one again.”

Cooking for Carers – Thursday 13th June

Thank you to everyone who came along to this fantastic event.

Robin van Creveld from Community Chef  prepared some amazing food during his cookery demonstration and was so warm and engaging with carers and staff on the day.

“What a wonderful and inspiring idea! J Thank you from someone who doesn’t normally go to carer events – much appreciated!”

“A fantastic morning, learning a great cuisine and taking in lots of cooking tips. Enjoyed a lovely lunch, thanks. Great event!”

“Overall this was excellent – the organisation of the event was done well with good prior communication about what/where/when etc. The cooking demo was very helpful and to see how everything was done – close up and in real time – provides a lot more confidence in trying this type of cooking (which I have not done before as it seemed a little complex). Robin is a great presenter as well as chef, and to try the food was a nice bonus!”

“A wonderful few hours filled with warmth and a sense of community along with superb food! Thank you”

Horsham Parkrun – Saturday 15th June

There were more than 500 people at the Horsham Parkrun and it was great that we got a shoutout at the start.  Thank you to everyone who came and said ‘hi’ and well done to everyone for completing the 5k course.

Carers Week 2019

From Trishaws to music, cookery, coffee and cake.  It’s been another amazing Carers Week.  Here are some more pictures from our events across West Sussex.

Full Carers Week programme of events

What’s on in Carers Week 2019 – click to download the full programme

Date and LocationDetailsMore information 
Monday 10th June
North ChaileyTalk to Oasis Carer Group Group:St Peter & St James Hospice, North Common Road, North Chailey, Lewes BN8 4ED 10.30am to 12 noon
WorthingInformation Stand
St Barnabas Hospice, Titnore Lane, Worthing BN12 6NZ 9am to 5pm
East GrinsteadTalk to Special Families Parents Support Group - all family members welcome Lodge Coffee Shop, Chequer Mead Theatre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BS 10.30am to 12.30pm
East Surrey HospitalInformation Stand East Surrey Hospital (East Entrance), Canada Avenue, Redhill RH1 5RH
(Stand will be there all week)
Haywards HeathInformation StandPrincess Royal Hospital, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4EXStand will be there all week
ChichesterInformation Stand at St Richard's HospitalSt Richard?s Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester PO19 6SE Staffed at peak timesStand will be also be there – 11th,12th and 13th
Wisborough Green Talk about Carers Support West Sussex Wisborough Green Village Hall, School Road, Wisborough Green,
Billingshurst RH14 0DU 6pm
WorthingMental Health Carers GroupCSWS Office, Pavilion Room,
19 Liverpool Gardens,Worthing BN11 1RY 10am to 11.30am
CrawleyCarers Group (open to all carers)Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley RH10 6HG 10.30am to 12 noon
CrawleyCarers Walk - with Coffee and CakeTilgate Park, Tilgate Drive, Crawley RH10 5PQ 10.30am to 12 noon
LancingGroup for Carers of people living with dementia The Green Room, Lancing Parish Hall, South Street, Lancing BN15 9AB
10am to 12 noon
Tues 11th June
ChichesterWeald & Downland Living Museum - Visit, crafts and relaxationSouth Downs National Park, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU
Visits at 10.30am and 1.30pm
Click here for full day booking

Click here for afternoon booking
HorshamTalk to Compass Parents GroupTrafalgar Road Baptist Church, Trafalgar Road RH12 2QL 9.30am to 11am
East PrestonInformation Stand Willow Green Surgery, Station Road, East Preston BN16 3AH
11.30am to 1.30pm
MidhurstMusic for Wellbeing CelebrationMidhurst Methodist Church Hall, 65 North Street GU29 9DU 1.30 to 2.30pm
CrawleyCarers Coffee Morning – Squires Garden CentreSquires Garden Centre, Horsham Road, Crawley RH11 8PL 9.30 to 11amClick here to book your place
SouthwickTaster Session – bush craft, plant care, exercise – organised by The Conservation VolunteersThe Green, Southwick, BN42 4FX - 10am to 12 noon
Carers Health Team attending
WorthingCarers Afternoon
Talk/ Information Stand
Heene Community Centre, 122 Heene Road, Worthing BN11 4PL
1.30pm to 3.30pm
BrightonInformation Stand at Horizon CentreMacmillan Horizon Centre, Bristol Gate, Brighton BN2 5BD
10am to 12 noon
WorthingInformation Stand
Worthing Hospital

Penguin Foyer, Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing BN11 2DH 9.30am to 4.30pm
WitteringsCarers Support Drop-inThe Witterings Medical Centre, East Wittering, PO10 8BH 2pm to 3.30pm
Haywards HeathMental Health Carers GroupAshenground Community Centre, Southdown Close, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR 7pm to 8.30pm
Weds 12th June
HassocksTrishaw Rides by Cycling Without Age Hurst & Hassocks – for carers/cared forAdastra Hall, Keymer Road Hassocks BN6 8QH 2.30pm to 4pm
HorshamInformation Stand at Horsham HospitalHorsham Hospital Hurst Road, Horsham RH12 2DR
CrawleyInformation Stand at Crawley HospitalCrawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley RH11 7DH 10am to 2pm
BrightonCarers Event at Macmillan Horizon CentreMacmillan Horizon Centre, Bristol Gate, Brighton BN2 5BD
AngmeringInformation Stand at Haskins Garden Centre Roundstone – Carers Health TeamHaskins Garden Centre Roundstone By-Pass Rd, Angmering,
Littlehampton BN16 4BD 11am to 1pm
ArundelArundelThe Swan Hotel, High Street, Arundel BN18 9AG 10am to 11.30am
East GrinsteadCarers of Adults with Learning Difficulties Flower arranging sessionDanube Room, Jubilee Community Centre Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL 10.30am to 12 noon
Tangmere, ChichesterGroup for Carers of people living with dementia‘All About You’ Event with Coffee and Cake Sage House, City Fields Way, Tangmere PO20 2FP - 10.30am to 12 noon and Be Smart Be Safe Demonstration Day – Carer Equipment Service 11am - 2.30pm.
CrawleyGroup for Carers of people who misuse drugs/alcohol with tea and cakeThe Hub, Broadfield Library, 46 Broadfield Barton, Broadfield, RH11 9BA 1pm to 3pm
HenfieldReflexology taster sessionHenfield Haven, Hewitts, Henfield BN5 9DTClick here to book
Thurs 13th June
SelseyCarers Coffee MorningSelsey Methodist Church, 50 High Street, Selsey PO20 0RD Time 10am - 12pm
ShorehamCooking for carersCooking for Carers –
Curry Demonstration and Taster session
Click here to book
CrawleyInformation Stand at St Catherine’s HospiceDay Centre, St Catherine’s Hospice, Malthouse Road, Crawley RH10 6BH
11am to 12.30pm
East Surrey Hospital Carers eventAtrium, East Surrey Hospital, Canada Avenue, Redhill RH1 5RH 1.30pm to 5pm
Findon ValleyLime Tree Surgery, Findon Valley
Annual Carers Cream Tea
Findon Valley Free Church, 11 Lime Tree Avenue, Worthing BN14 0DJ tbc
12:30pm to 2.30pm
BognorCrown Bingo Hall - Information Stand and blood pressure testingCrown Bingo, 64 London Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1PT
11am to 2pm
Fri 14th June
CrawleyInformation StandCounty Mall Crawley - outside Boots 10am-4pm
Sat 15th June
HorshamHorsham ParkrunHorsham Park, North Street, Horsham RH12 1RJ - A 5k course that can be run, jogged or walked (Carers who do parkrun regularly will be attending, along with CSWS staff and Horsham Wellbeing staff) 9am start (meet at 8.40am by the bandstand in Horsham Park)