Looking after yourself
If you care for someone, it is vital that you look after your own mental and physical health. There are a number of services, training courses and leisure activities that may be able to help you to stay well.
The Carers’ Card lets carers get discounts on leisure and other activities across Brighton & Hove. It is a joint initiative between the council, local charity Amaze and the city’s Carers Centre. There's also a discount card for young carers.
Find out more about the Carers’ Card.
To get a Carers Card for the first time or to renew a Carers Card, and if the person you care for is aged 18 or over, contact the Access Point, the contact centre for Adult Social Care.
If the person you care for is under 18, find out more about services for disabled children and young people.
Events for adult carers
To find out what local events and activities are taking place for adult carers, go to the Carers Centre website.
Back-care support service
Proper lifting and handling helps carers to avoid injury. This service helps carers with any lifting and handling tasks, such as helping the person they care for to get in and out of the bed or bath.
Managing stress, anxiety and depression
Caring can be rewarding but it can be stressful at times.
There are a range of local services available to support you to manage and reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
- Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service offers mental health support for problems such as low mood, stress, anxiety and depression. The service is staffed by a team of qualified mental health specialists
- Sussex Recovery College for educational courses about mental health and recovery designed to increase your knowledge and skills and promote self-management
- Weekly drop-in relaxation classes at the Buddhist Centre are free to attend if you are a carer.
Carers’ personal budget
If you are caring for an adult, you may be able to receive a personal budget to help meet your needs. First you will need to have a carers assessment to find out if you are eligible.
Free training for carers
Brighton & Hove City Council’s Workforce Development team provides free training for carers to help you to understand and meet the needs of the person you care for. Topics include:
- specific medical conditions
- mental health conditions
- first aid
- oral health
- manual handling.
There are some helpful links on the ‘advice for carers’ section of the My Life website.