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CRD Media release

Press release 17.11.20

On the 26th November, carers from across West Sussex can access a series of informative online sessions hosted by Carers Support West Sussex (CSWS). The workshops are designed to help unpaid carers better understand their rights and guide them along their journey.

Carers Rights Day is an annual event which works to shine a light on the needs of carers, of all ages, and to help them better comprehend the legal rights available to them. This year on November 26th to align with this special day, the team at dedicated family and friend carers charity, Carers Support West Sussex, have put in place some free online sessions to address a number of issues which affect carers both new and existing.

One topic will include the Care Act 2014 and how it can support those who find themselves caring for another either on a permanent or part-time basis. The sessions will also investigate ways to empower carers, whilst discussing Deprivation of Liberty and how it impacts carers. A legal workshop, supported by legal practice, Bennett Griffin, will look at how those in caring roles can prepare well for the future, which will conclude with a question and answer session

Talking about Carers Rights Day, Sonia Mangan, CEO of Carers Support West Sussex said: “Carers need to know their rights wherever they are in their caring journey: whether they are in the workplace, in a healthcare setting, when interacting with professionals or at home. This Carers Rights Day, we want to provide carers with information and support, so they can feel confident asking for what they need. We also want carers to know how to challenge things when their rights are not being met. We hope carers from across the county will join us on November 26th for what we believe will be highly useful and thought-provoking content. Do search the hashtag #SupportCRD for regular updates.

Carers Support West Sussex – Carers Right Day programme

• 10:00am – 11:00am: Understanding the Care Act and Carers’ Rights.

This session will explore the law and how it is supposed to protect carers. Questions asked during the one-hour session will include: What rights do carers have? What does the law say? How can carers assert their rights? What stops carers asserting their rights? Trouble-shooting problems and finding solutions will conclude the session.

• 1:00pm – 2:30pm: Legal Workshop by Bennett Griffin LLP

Ian Macara of Bennett Griffin will deliver this workshop to better inform carers about how to prepare for the uncertainties in life for them and the cared for. With the use of real-life case studies, participants will be able to explore how to fact find and quality check sources of information, so carers are not left high and dry with ‘off the peg’ solutions.

• 2:30 – 4:00pm: ‘Speak Up’ How to be Assertive

This workshop will explore communication skills and how carers can gain more influence in getting their message across. Based on key principles from Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), the workshop will cover building rapport with professionals, assertiveness and how to say ‘no’.

• 3:00pm – 4:00pm: Deprivation of Liberty

DoLs or Deprivation of Liberty is a topic of great interest to all carers as it covers so many different aspects. As this is such a broad subject, we will explore as an overview of DoLs under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, from the perspective of carers.

Find out more

To book a place on any of the special Carers Rights Day workshops please click here.

Further details regarding Carers Support West Sussex and the work the charity does to support the 25,000 carers already registered with the charity can be found at

If you are a carer or know a carer that may benefit from the support of Carers Support West Sussex please contact the charity on 0300 028 8888 or chat with one of the its support workers via its dedicated chat room found via the website.