Events to promote Carers Week in West Sussex

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A SERIES of events in West Sussex have been planned this month to highlights the vital role of carers.

Carers Week is promoted by Carers UK and runs from Monday June 13 to Sunday June 19. It recognises and celebrates the contribution the UK’s six million carers make for those they care for and to their communities.

Carers are people who help a relative, child, partner or friend who is either frail, has a mental and/or physical illness, learning difficulty, is disabled, or affected by substance misuse.

The theme this year is ‘The True Face of Carers’.

The Carers Support Services in Regis, Chichester and Rural, Worthing and District, and North and Mid Sussex, who provide support right across West Sussex, have a number of events planned for the week, including:

Regis, Chichester and Rural Carers Support Service: On Monday June 13 at 11am – 3pm, there will be an information session at Arundel GP Surgery, Green Lane Close, Arundel (BN18 9HG). Contact 01243 537011

Worthing and District Carers Support Services: On Tuesday June 14 at 10.30am – 4pm, wander among the buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century at Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, Chichester, (PO18 0EU). Walk amongst the 40 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, enjoying period gardens, animals and woodland. Bring your own picnic. Event is free, but places are limited. Call 01903 536378.

North and Mid Sussex Carers Support Services: Wednesday June 15 at 2.30pm – 4pm will see Horsham Carers Support Group visit Blue Jays Garden, Chesworth Close, Horsham. Costs £5, including refreshments. Booking required, call 01293 657040

North and Mid Sussex Carers Support Services: On Thursday June 16 at 9.30am – 5pm, a coach trip to South Kensington, London, museum and parks. Leaving from Horsham railway station. Tickets cost £5 and booking is required. Call 01293 657040.

North and Mid Sussex Carers Support Services: The Mental Health Carers Support Group will be holding a trip to the Sea Life Centre in Brighton on Friday June 17 at 11am. Call 01293 657040. Tickets are £2 and booking is required.

Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, said: “Carers rarely have time to themselves as they are so busy looking after loved ones. This national week helps to highlight the importance of supporting carers and giving them some time to themselves.”

There are many more events planned. To see events near you, visit http://carersweek.org/organising-events/find-an-event or contact your local Carers Support Service at:

Regis, Chichester and Rural – 01243 537011

North and Mid Sussex – 01293 657040

Worthing and District – 01903 536378