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 2021 are: 8 January, 12 February, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December.      

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

The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove

Tel: 01273 746222
Email: info@thecarerscentre.org
Web: www.thecarerscentre.org
Address: 18 Bedford Place, Brighton, BN1 2PT

Changes Ahead – Mental Health Carers Action and Support Group

Changes Ahead is a voluntary organisation that supports carers of those with mental health issues. This service offers both individual and/or group support including, practical advice, social events and an advocacy service.

Opening hours:

Monday 9am - 5pm (alternate 12pm - 8pm)

Tuesday 12pm - 8pm (alternate 9am - 5pm)

Tel: 07935 302838
Email: changesaheadoakleaf@gmail.com

Additional services provided by Brighton and Hove City Council can be found here.

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


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


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.