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Listening Lunches



Listening lunches are free, friendly and informal lunches for carers of adults with learning disabilities.  These lunches are hosted by the Carers' Centre. It is your opportunity to meet and chat with our two Carer Representatives, to voice your views, to have a say in important decisions about your services and to hear about what’s happening at the Learning Disbility Partnership Board.

Listening Lunch (issues chart) this chart shows how we make sure the issues carers raise with us get a response.

Listening Lunches are from 11am to 1.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton.  The next Listening Lunch is on Thursday 8th September 2011.

On Thursday 6th January the Listening Lunch discussion was about budgets for Learning Disability Services. This summary of the discussion was given to the Learning Disability Partnership Board: LD Carers Budget Priorities

for more information please contact:
Nick Fry, Carers Engagement Worker 
Tel 01273 746 222

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The Carers' Centre

Our Adult Carers team provides information, support and advocacy to any adult looking after someone else, unpaid. They might be caring for a child with a health problem or disability, or a parent, partner or friend with physical or mental health needs. .We work with carers who live in Brighton & Hove. Our services are free to use and are confidential. We run independently of statutory services. We offer a range of services for carers, form one-to-one support to groups and activities. We run monthly coffee mornings at venues across Brighton and offer some events specifically for carers of adults and children with Learning Disabilities.

Full details of all these activities can be found on our website:  www.thecarerscentre.org

or contact us by phone: (01273) 746222 or email: info@thecarerscentre.org

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Amaze is an independent voluntary organisation that offers information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people aged 0 – 20 with special needs in the city. 




Contact our helpline 772289 for advice about any issue and find out about our services. 

  • Help with education 
  • Help with DLA claims 
  • Books, fact sheets and website
  • Workshops and support groups
  • Planning for adulthood
  • Consultation and development


The Compass

The Compass is Brighton and Hove’s database of disabled children.  It is used to influence the development of local services and let parents know what’s going on.  Children on the Compass get a leisure card that gives them a range of leisure discounts including free swimming at the city’s pools

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Carers' Voice

Carers Voice is a project run by the Carers Centre that campaigns to raise awareness of carers’ issues, and works to change attitudes within health and social care services to improve the experiences of carers. We do this by working with a group of carers who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences.

Carers Voice volunteers get involved in a range of activities including delivery of training to students and professionals, sitting on city wide policy implementation groups, responding to consultations and participating in interviews with the media. Carers involved in Carers Voice have gained a huge amount of satisfaction from feeling that they are playing a part in changing things for carers.

Please contact The Carers Centre on 01273 746 222 for more details

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Learning Disability Development Fund

The Learning Disability Partnership Board uses money from the Learning Disability Development Fund to support family carers to participate in the Partnership Board. Here are reports from these activities and other family carer projects.

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this page was last updated on: 22 August 2011