CARE for the Carers has been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of funding by East Sussex County Council and the NHS.
The charity will receive £564,950 per year over the next three years so it can continue its work helping some of the most vulnerable people in the community.
According to the charity, there are 51,000 carers in East Sussex who look after family members or friends who could not manage without their help. They do this without pay, often with little support and save the local health and social care economy an estimated £700 million a year.
Care for the Carers provides 5,000 of those people with information, specialist advice, counselling, a befriending scheme and support groups and clubs across the county.
However, the funding by East Sussex County Council and the NHS does not cover all services which means the popular CareLine magazine and the organisation’s Back Care Advisors may have to end. There is also some insecurity about the continuation funding for the Young Carers’ team, which supports under 18s who provide substantial physical or emotional care for a member of their family, as that funding is only guaranteed for six months.
Marie Casey, CEO of Care for the Carers, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this funding.
“Care for the Carers has supported adult and young carers to improve their quality of life for over 20 years, and we now have secure funding to continue for three more years. These are worrying times for our sector though, and especially for carers who already make a huge contribution to our community.
“We shall be working hard to make sure that this new funding supports as many local carers as possible, as well as to secure new funding to support Young Carers, continue CareLine Magazine and respond to local carers’ needs.”