As we move into the colder months it’s important that we continue to support the carers already known to services and identify those who are still ‘hidden’. That is why The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove has teamed with Sussex Health and Care Partnership and the other carers’ support organisations across Sussex in developing our winter awareness-raising campaign.
The campaign runs until the end of February 2022 and comprises three simple messages:
* Be Protected – consider boosting your immunity with the flu and COVID-19 vaccines. All carers aged 12+ are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster 3 months after your second jab. See this website for details. In addition, we can provide unpaid carers with a letter from the Dept. of Health and Social Care entitling them to priority access at vaccination centres. Phone Carers Hub on 01273 977 000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* Be Healthy – contact us for support and ideas on how to make time for yourself and stay connected. Phone Carers Hub on 01273 977 000 or email email@example.com
* Be Prepared – Plan for events which may affect your caring role. In Brighton & Hove, this is known as an Emergency Back-Up Plan. Contact Carers Hub via the details above to start your plan or to review an existing plan.
We also encourage fellow professionals in statutory and voluntary sector services to help us by identifying, referring and supporting the carers they encounter through their work.
Together we can bring the hidden army of unpaid family/friend carers to greater prominence; bringing them the support and recognition they so deserve.