There are over seventy thousand unpaid carers in East Sussex and more than seven million across the UK. A third of the people we have worked with over the last 5 years are full time, unpaid carers and from what they have been telling me, they have had a really hard time during the C-19 crisis.

Lockdown and shielding have increased the isolation and stress already felt by many carers. Community services and respite care have been severely limited, day centres have been closed and carers’ allowance is pitifully low.  Clap for carers aside, I want the government to invest in community services and increase carers’ allowance!

We have received funding from East Sussex County Council and Care for the Carers to run a programme of cookery and wellbeing activities for carers in East Sussex starting in May 2021. Our aim is give carers a nourishing and uplifting experience which will help them to both eat well and feel supported.

We are kicking off with a series of online, bake-along classes, starting with basic bread making on 10 May, light cakes and bakes of 17 May and pastry and pies on the 24 May.

We’ll be running a Man with a Pan course for male carers starting on 29 June, a Global Kitchen course from 3 July and a Baking for Wellbeing course from 23 September. This set of courses will be at the Lewes Community Kitchen.

Later in the year we’ll be running more online workshops and hands on courses in other East Sussex locations.

All activities are free for unpaid carers in East Sussex. You can book places using the links below or contact to book or find out more.

Online baking workshops:

Bread – 10 May

Cake – 17 May

Pastry – 24 May

Five week courses:

Man with a Pan, Lewes, Tuesdays 29 June – 27 July

Global Kitchen, Lewes, Tuesdays 3 – 31 August

Baking for Wellbeing, Lewes, 23 Sep  – 21 Oct

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