Carers week in West Sussex

‘THE true face of carers’ is the theme of annual carers’ week this month, which will be marked in West Sussex with a series of events.

The national week, promoted by Carers UK, highlights the vital role of carers, and runs from Monday, June 13, to Sunday, June 19. It recognises 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 carers’ support services in Regis, Chichester and rural, Worthing and district, and North and Mid Sussex, which 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, 11am-3pm, there will be an information session at Arundel GP Surgery, Green Lane Close, Arundel (BN18 9HG). Contact 01243 537011

- Worthing and district: On Tuesday, June 14, 10.30am-4pm, wander among the buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century at Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, Chichester, (PO18 0EU). Bring your own picnic. Event is free, but places are limited. Call 01903 536378.

Cllr Peter Catchpole, 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.”