Local and national carer organisations

As a carer it’s important not to become isolated. Talking with others, whether it is with family members, friends or professionals, can help people to feel more confident as carers and prevent feelings of isolation and helplessness.

In addition to the help and support we provide to carers, there are also some local and national organisations that can provide help, advice and information:

Local organisations

East Sussex

Care for the Carers

Tel: 01323 738390
Web: www.cftc.org.uk

West Sussex

Carers Support West Sussex

Tel: 0300 028 8888
Web: www.carerssupport.org.uk

Brighton and Hove

Mill View Carers Support Group

A support group for carers of people who use inpatient and community mental health services in Brighton and Hove. Facilitated by a member of the Mill View Occupational Therapy team, this group provides emotional support and practical advice by and for carers. The group is held on the second Friday of every month 2.30pm - 4pm. Currently due to Covid restrictions this group is held virtually, through the easy to use Go To Meetings platform. 

“I never thought I would find myself coming to this kind of group, but eventually decided to give it a go.  I found somewhere friendly and safe to share what often turns out to be quite similar experiences (good and bad!) and - an unexpected plus - to actually feel cared about.” Member of Mill View Carers Support Group

Support group dates for 2022 coming soon.    

For more information or to join the mailing list please contact Nick McMaster by email nicholas.mcmaster@spft.nhs.uk or call 01273 621984 x202440 (due to Covid restrictions this phone is only accessed intermittently).

Carers Hub for Brighton and Hove

Tel: 01273 977000
Web: www.carershub.co.uk 

Changes Ahead – Mental Health Carers Action and Support Group

Changes Ahead is a carer led service set up in 2015, funded by Brighton & Hove City Council, now operated by the Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove. They aim to help family, friends and carers to regain control of th eir lives and, in turn, promote independence, recovery and a future for the person they care for. They also provide opportunities for social interaction and self-care with others who are in a similar situation.

Tel: 07511 858722
Email: changesahead@thecarerscentre.org.uk. 

Hampshire

Carer Support & Dementia Advice Service for Hampshire

Tel: 01264 332297
Web: www.andovermind.org.uk/services/carer-support-dementia-advice/ 

Young Carers Hampshire

Tel: 0300 555 1384
Web: www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/childrenandfamilies/supportyoungpeople/youngcarers 

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire - Carers Emergency Planning Service (for adult carers)

Tel: 01264 835246
Web: www.carercentre.com 

Carers in Southampton

Tel: 023 8058 2387
Web: www.carersinsouthampton.co.uk

Young Carers Southampton

Web: nolimitshelp.org.uk/get-help/family-care/young-carers-in-southampton/

Carers Portsmouth

Tel: 023 9285 1864
Web: www.portsmouth.gov.uk/services/health-and-care/carers/portsmouth-carers-centre/

Young Carers Portsmouth

Tel: 023 9282 1816
Web: www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/health-and-care/carers/young-carers

Carers Isle of Wight

Tel: 01983 533173
Web: www.carersiw.org.uk

National organisations 

Carers UK

Tel: 0207 922 8000
Web: www.carersuk.org

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

Tel: 0844 800 4361
Web: www.carers.org

MIND

Tel: 0845 766 0163
Web: www.mindcharity.co.uk

RETHINK

Tel: 0845 456 0455
Web: www.rethink.org

The Meriden Family Programme

The Meriden Family Programme and Rethink Mental Illness have created a new resource called Caring for Yourself, which has been developed to help carers, family and friends who support someone with a mental health problem.

Caring for Yourself is a self-help workbook in eight parts that can be used in an entirely flexible way. You can download the workbooks from their website here.