Carers’ card offer

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EASTBOURNE’S unsung heroes can now take advantage of a new discount card for shops and leisure venues.

The Carers’ Card has been launched by East Sussex County Council and will offer a range of benefits for unpaid carers.

Discounts will be available from care services, fitness centres, tea rooms, garden centres, car dealerships and servicing, electricians. plumbers and much, much more.

The county council is running the scheme in conjunction with Care for the Carers, an Eastbourne charity which supports carers from all over the county.

Carers in East Sussex can apply for a Card if they are assessed by Adult Social Care.

The card will be available to unpaid carers across the whole county, but has started with businesses in Eastbourne. It will spread throughout the county as more businesses are added. The aim is to recognise and value the support carers provide to their loved ones.

It is hoped that the card will also encourage more carers to come forward to Adult Social Care, so their needs can be assessed and they can get the support they are entitled to.

A directory will be published giving details of all the stores and businesses involved in the scheme, including the discounts or incentives they will offer. Anyone in East Sussex who gets a Carers’ Card can take advantage of the savings available.

The directory is available on the web at: www.eastsussex.gov.uk (Adult Social Care pages) or www.cftc.org.uk

To get a card a carer will have to show Adult Social Care that they provide regular unpaid support to an adult, which will mean being assessed.

If someone is eligible they will be able to collect the Card from any East Sussex library and will be given a hard copy of the directory.

If you are a carer or a business, more information is available from: Care for the Carers on 738390 or email: info@cftc.org.uk

To find out more from the county council visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk or by phoning 463440 (BWC) or 08454 040 506 (SWC).