Brighton and Hove City Council support carers during Carers Week

BRIGHTON and Hove City Council continued its support of unpaid carers during Carers Week by running a drop-in session at the Jubilee Library to offer advice and help.

The session took place on Monday, June 6 and was initiated to help carers gain recognition and find out how they can be supported.

Visitors received leaflets giving information about support, free gym memberships and respite services offered by Crossroads Care.

Gemma Scambler, carers commissioner for the council and Brighton’s Clinical Commissioning Group, is delighted with the close ties the council share with carers.

She said: “I think we’re doing well, but I don’t think you can ever do enough.

“We are always responding to information we get from carers, and we always make sure it goes into an action plan so we can look to improve.

“We invited carers but we also invited the public to come along and find out who they are and what they do because they’re usually a brother, sister, wife or best friend and they usually go unrecognised.”

One carer who feels the council is playing its part is Lindsey Morag Wright.

Miss Wright, 50, cares for her ex-partner who cannot perform daily tasks, like dressing and washing himself. Her daughter also suffered from anorexia.

She said of the council: “They’re amazing. They have given me massive support. I didn’t realise I was a carer before – I worked full-time, as well as looking after my ex and my daughter.

“They helped me realise I could stop working in order to improve the quality of life for the people I was caring for.”

Miss Wright felt that the council have been much more than someone to talk to.

She said: “Emotional support was the main thing. They become more like friends. It gave me a lot more confidence, and I have set up a small business as a part-time job, along with caring.

“I couldn’t have done any of it without them. They really have just been unbelievable.”