Carers Support West Sussex is committed to placing carers at the heart of all we do to achieve the best possible personal outcomes for every carer. Through our Carers Voice Network (CVN), we provide regular information about engagement opportunities and training for carers in West Sussex, so that they can represent a united voice of unpaid carers.

As a member of the CVN, you can:

  • Share your experiences and offer feedback to help raise awareness and recognition of the demands of being an unpaid carer;

  • Help plan events and activities to increase carer identification;

  • Point out what is overlooked in the commissioning of local services;

  • Help co-design and develop a service as an Expert by Experience;

  • Strengthen carer influence at a local and national level by building a collective voice.

Ways to Get Involved

Email Updates:

  • Sign-up to receive email updates about carer surveys, consultations and steering groups in your local area. Please contact network@carerssupport.org.uk to join the mailing list.

CVN Member Update – January 2020

CVN Member Update – February 2020

‘Be the Voice’ Training:

  • Complete our ‘Be the Voice’ training to help prepare you to represent carer related issues as a Carer Representative at external meetings.

Carers Planning Group:

  • Volunteer as a Carer Representative and help us to plan and deliver events for Carers Week (June) and Carers Rights Day (November).

Next CPG meeting: Tuesday 21st April 2020, 10.30am to 12 noon – Crawley

CPG Terms of Reference

Current Carer Engagement Opportunities

Have Your Say On The Needs And Priorities Of Unpaid Carers Within West Sussex And You Could Win A £25 Voucher

We are increasingly hearing about the everyday challenges and obstacles that unpaid carers face. From feeling guilty about taking time out from caring or feeling run down and tired from the physical and emotional stress of looking after someone. The demands of being an unpaid carer are greater than ever before, with around 6,000 people a day across the UK taking on a caring role to look after a family member or friend. Caring is – and will continue to be – increasingly a part of all our lives.

That’s why it’s so important that we work with our carers, staff, volunteers, Trustees, stakeholders, and network partners, alongside the general public and other groups within our local communities, to develop a plan that sets out the priorities and strategic direction for Carers Support West Sussex over the next 5 years. 

As part of our carer engagement phase, we are holding two open feedback sessions in March 2020 and invite carers to join us:

  • Wednesday 18th March 2020, 11.00am to 12.30pm | The Shoreham Centre (QE11 Room), 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5WU (view travel directions)

Click here to register to attend the Shoreham session

  • Thursday 26th March 2020, 11.00am to 12.30pm | Haywards Heath Town Council Room (Room 1), 40 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1BA (view travel directions)

Click here to register to attend the Haywards Heath session

(Reasonable carer travel/parking expenses will be reimbursed)

Sonia Mangan, Chief Executive at Carers Support West Sussex, will lead the sessions and will be joined by veteran disability rights activist and carer, Dame Philippa Russell DBE. Philippa is the parent of a son with a learning disability and has wide contacts with voluntary and user organisations with an interest in disabled children, young people and their families.

Carers who take part, in either the workshops or online survey, will have the opportunity to be entered into a Prize Draw to win a £25 Amazon e-Gift Voucher. Terms and Conditions for the Prize Draw will apply.