MP Caroline Ansell has called for work locally to make Eastbourne a more and more carer friendly town.
Around 11,000 people are carers in the constituency, but some feel they do not get enough support from social and health services and understanding of their role from employers, according to research for the Week, which ends on Sunday.
Examples of how people can create carer friendly communities include an employer having a carer friendly policy by listening to the experiences of their workforce, or a GP practice offering alternative appointment times to carers unable to attend due to their caring responsibilities.
“Carers are unsung heroes and it’s vital we recognise they have needs too and the support to make sure they can undertake their role without suffering health problems due to the stress and physical strain of the amazing work they do,” said Caroline, who is a Carer Champion.
“So it’s important people understand the pressures they are under and I very much support the idea of a carer friendly community. I would very much like to praise the local Care for Carers charity which does a fantastic job supporting people across East Sussex.
“I was pleased to meet them at Westminster recently and I will be liaising with them now to fund out what I can do in a practical way to help, particularly in how we can reach carers who maybe don’t feel they actually are in that role and so they do not seek support like respite care or assessments.”