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A) Vision To improve the quality of life for carers in Brighton & Hove In working towards our vision we will: •Provide services for carers to help them cope with their situation, get the support to which they are entitled, and to participate in the community of our city •Campaign to raise awareness of carers and ensure that carers have a real voice in order to influence local public services, to improve the support they offer to carers and to the people they care for and to promote support for families that reduces the reliance on children as carers •Identify and reach out to hidden and isolated carers to ensure that they have access to services •Aim to be a model of good practice in all that we do. (B) Mission To make a positive difference to the lives of carers by encouraging a wider recognition of their caring role; enabling them to fulfil their own needs as individuals and offering them appropriate support.
The Centre works with family/informal carers, resident within the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove.
Carers are defined as:
"Anyone who spends a significant proportion of their life time providing unpaid support to family or friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems."
(National Carers’ Strategy, 2008)
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