Veterans/Reservists

To aid all organisations there is a draft policy which contains the minimum suggested information to be incorporated within an organisation Policies as outlined by SaBRE. This could be used in all organisations to ensure they are in line with the regulations and operating framework that reservists are supported by NHS organisations. There are many benefits for organisations to employ reservists.

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Defence Relationship Management
The Defence Relationship Management (DRM) is a single point of contact linking employers with the Ministry of Defence (MOD). They offer advice and support on employing members of the armed forces community, and enable organisations to develop a mutually beneficial working relationship with the MOD. The DRM builds on the successful SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and their Employers) information campaign and continues defence’s work with reservists, their employers, and those organisations who want to partner with defence.

The MoD is keen to establish open, strategic relationships with employers, tailoring partnering opportunities to mutual needs and business goals.

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Through feedback from veterans at a National meeting one area that they thought would be useful is having someone that they can talk to within the organisation or through the counselling/support services (which may be bought in) who has military background that would understand the complex needs of individuals who have served.

NHS Employers
In partnership with the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Health, NHS Employers has launched a new initiative - NHS Reserve Forces Champions. The scheme has been created to increase the awareness of reservists within the NHS, and to highlight the benefits that employing reservists can have for organisations and employers.

Through the use of local networks, the champion scheme will not only facilitate stronger relationships between NHS Trusts, military units and Defence Relationship Management contacts, but also with other reservist employers within the region.

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Useful documents

a. Pathways
Joining Forces Training were successful in their bid to develop and understand specific pathways and services in Sussex for the Armed Forces Community. Their focus is on:
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Education and Training
  • Employment
  • Social Care

Full details of the pathways can be viewed on the Sussex Armed Forces Network Pathways page of our website

b. Partner Organisations
The Sussex Armed Forces Network is linked with the following organisations who can provide support/advice as required.

0808 802 8080 (0800-2000)

0800 169 9060 (1030-1930)

01903 843941 (0900-1700 Mon - Fri)

0800 389 7979 (0900-1700)

0800 138 1619 (24 hour)

0800 731 4880 (24 hour)

01980 844 280 (0900-1700)

0808 1914 218 (0730-1830 (Mon to Thurs) 0730-1700 (Fri))

Heroes Welcome is a website which shows organisational support for British Armed Forces Personnel and indicates a warm welcome, service up grade, special acknowledgement or even a little discount as appropriate.

c. Champions
The Champions in Sussex are there to try and embed a wealth of knowledge in local organisations about the Armed Forces. Their role is to support both clients and staff who are part of the Armed Forces Community.

The following organisations in Sussex have a trained Champion:

  • Brighton and Hove City Council
  • Brighton and Hove Integrated Care Services
  • Care for the Carers (East Sussex)
  • Carers Centre (Brighton & Hove)
  • Carers Support (West Sussex)
  • CRI (Crime Reduction Initiative)
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Horder Healthcare
  • Lewes Football Club
  • Livability SE
  • Surrey Sussex Kent Probation Service
  • Sussex Community NHS Trust
  • Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust
  • Sussex Police
  • West Sussex County Council
There are a variety of organisations that might offer support to carers across the region. However, the three main charities that specialise solely in supporting carers are listed below. Carer organisations can signpost carers to other appropriate services (for example, support for dementia carers, carers of people with learning disabilities, mental health issues or end of life care) if need be.

Brighton and Hove
The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove
18, Bedford Place
Hove
BN1 2PT

Phone: 01273 746222
Website: www.thecarerscentre.org
Email: info@thecarerscentre.org

East Sussex
Care for the Carers
Highlight House
8, St Leonard's Rd
Eastbourne
BN21 3UH

Phone: 01323 738390
Website: cftc.org.uk/
Email: info@cftc.org.uk

West Sussex
Carers Support West Sussex
(Head Office)
The Orchard
1-2, Gleneagles Court
Brighton Road
Crawley
RH10 6AD

Phone: 0300 028 8888
Website: www.carerssupport.org.
Email: info@carerssupport.org.uk

Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove City Council

The council provide a range of services for carers. Support includes access to the ‘Carers Card’ which entitles carers to discounted rates at some services and businesses in the city, carers support workers, wellbeing payments for carers (formerly the Carers grant), respite care and short breaks and carers information and resources. B&HCC are the main point of contact for carer’s assessments. Get in touch with Access Point (the contact centre for Adult Social Care) to request or discuss a Carers Assessment:
Email: accesspoint@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Phone: (Access Point) 01273 295555
Website: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/social-care/carers

East Sussex
East Sussex County Council

Contact the council for information on getting a Carers Assessment, respite for healthcare appointments and training. ESCC will also provide information on carer’s personal budgets. For details on the East Sussex Carers Card and Carers Respite Emergency Support Service (CRESS) please refer to Care for the Carers (contact information as previously mentioned).
Phone: (Adult Social Care Direct) 0345 60 80 191
Email: socialcaredirect@eastsussex.gov.uk
Website: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare

West Sussex
West Sussex County Council

The council works in partnership with Carers Support West Sussex to provide carer’s services including carers assessments. Below are the contact details for carer related enquiries to WSCC. Please contact Carers Support West Sussex for more detailed information on the available carer services in West Sussex (see previous contact information)
Phone: 01243 642121
Email: socialcare@westsussex.gov.uk
Website: www.westsussexconnecttosupport.org-carers

Brighton and Hove
The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove

Young Carers Project (YCP) provides support for young carers aged 8- 25 years old.
Services include:

  • Young Carers needs monitoring and review
  • 1:1 Support
  • Casework Support/ Advocacy
  • Fun/social activities
  • Issue based group work
  • Awareness training
  • Training in schools for pupils and staff

Website: www.thecarerscentre.org/our-services/
Email: Elizabeth.Freeman@thecarerscentre.org
Phone: 01273 746222

East Sussex
East Sussex Young Carers (ESYC) provides support to 5-18 year olds looking after someone with an illness or disability prioritising Young Carers who are caring for a parent with a mental health or drug and alcohol issue.
Services include:

  • Information, advice, guidance, signposting and advocacy
  • Support Team providing 1:1 support
  • Training and information to schools

Website: www.eastsussexyoungcarers.org.uk/index.htm
Email: info@eastsussexyoungcarers.org.uk
Phone: 0300 7772011

Care for the Carers
Run group support for 8-15 year olds

2 hour groups on a fortnightly basis offering fun activities and support
Groups are held in Hastings, Eastbourne, Laughton and Newhaven
Phone: 01323 738390
Website: cftc.org.uk/
Email: info@cftc.org.uk

West Sussex
West Sussex County Council
Young Carers West Sussex supports young carers aged 5-18.
Services include:

  • Information
  • Support
  • Advice
  • Signposting

Website:www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/young-carers/
Email: youngcarers@westsussex.gov.uk
Phone: 01903 270300

Carers Support West Sussex
Shine Project for Young Adult Carers (18-25 years)

  • Events
  • Workshops
  • Groups
  • 1:1 Support
  • Help with employment and/or education
  • Help in accessing funds
  • Help with accessing emotional support

Website: www.carerssupport.org.uk/yac
Phone: 0300 028 8888
Email: info@carerssupport.org.uk

A search engine for local carer’s centres is available on the Carers Trust website.
Please click here to access: Find your local Carers Centre
Carers Trust
National organisation working to improve support, services and recognition for unpaid carers. The Trust’s website has lots of resources including downloadable factsheets and they also facilitate on-line communities and forums for carers. Carers Trust host an additional site of information and resources for professionals who are working with carers in health, education and social care.

Head office
32-36 Loman Street,
London SE1 0EH

Phone: 0844 800 4361
Email (General enquiries): info@carers.org
Main website: www.carers.org
Professional’s website: professionals.carers.org 

Carers UK
National membership charity for carers, Carers UK is both a support network and a movement for change. The website is host to information and resources such as factsheets for both carers and professionals. Carers UK produces the Carers Rights Guide each year to outline carers' essential rights and signposts to what financial and practical help is available. The booklet is available to download for free on the website or paper copies can be ordered for a small fee.

Helpline: 0808 808 7777
Email: advice@carersuk.org
Website:   www.carersuk.org