PEOPLE in the Rye area who have the role of carer are invited to pop along to the cafe at Jempsons supermarket in Peasmarsh next Tuesday (June 10) from 2pm - 4pm.
June 9-16 is National Carers Week and the invitation comes from local charity the Association of Carers.
People will be able to find out more about the support available in the local area, including a free, regular respite service. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and piece of cake.
The Association says there There are 11,261 people in Rother providing unpaid care and more than 2,700 of those are providing over 50 hours of care a week.
Sarah Corrie, from the Association of Carers, said: “Without the right help and support caring can have a devastating impact – carers can quickly become cut off and their physical and emotional health, work and finances can all be hit hard.
“ There is lots of free support available locally, so don’t miss this opportunity to find out about it. We need to identify hidden carers living locally.
She added: “A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help.
“ The very nature of caring – of being there for a loved one facing ill health or disability – means too often people don’t at first, or sometimes ever, identify themselves as carers and therefore miss out on support.”
Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. It does this by raising awareness of carers at a national, regional and local level. Hundreds of organisations and individuals join in each year to make it one of the UK’s most successful awareness campaigns.