Local charity Association for Carers is able to continue its work in the community thanks to funding from East Sussex County Council.
The charity provides respite and a befriending service to unpaid carers in the area by matching the carer and the person they look after with a carefully selected and thoroughly checked volunteer.
The volunteer goes to the carer’s home, usually at the same time each week for around three hours, giving the carer the opportunity to have some time to themselves.
The charity also helps carers to plan and identify residential respite breaks.
The funding will also allow Association of Carers to provide two additional services that they don’t already offer - Carers Wellbeing Support, which provides carers with emotional support via a regular phone call from a trained volunteer, and Computer Help at Home, which will support carers as they learn to use their own computer in ways that will help them in their caring role without having to leave the person they look after. As part of Carers Wellbeing Support, volunteers are also able to signpost or refer the carer for additional support or short-term professional counselling via telephone or Skype.
Services manager Sue Palmer said, “We are delighted to have been successful in our application for funding from East Sussex County Council, which will enable us to continue supporting local carers for the next three years.
“Carers across East Sussex are able to refer themselves for any of our services, which are all free.
“If you are a carer or know someone who is and want to find out more please call us on 0300 330 9498.”
The charity is currently recruiting three new members of staff to help them deliver these additional services.
Details can be found on East Sussex County Council’s website or by calling Sue Palmer on 01424 722 309.