“As Carers, everything we do revolves around the needs of the person we care for, but it would be amazing to just feel yourself for a little while.”

During our 20th anniversary year, we wanted to do something very practical for Carers. We’ve launched our Time for Me Appeal, to give East Kent’s Carers access to some time for themselves. Please support us.

How you can support our Time for Me Appeal

1. Donate online 

DONATE NOW

2. Take part in our ‘20 in 21’ challenge

Up for a challenge? Get sponsored to do something for 21 minutes, 21 hours, 21 days or 20 times, over 20 metres, 20 miles – the possibilities are endless! You could do this individually or with family, friends or colleagues either in person (if Covid rules allow) or virtually. Whatever you do, make it fun!

3. Do a Bake 4 Carers sale

Get ready, set, bake! Challenge friends, family or colleagues to cook up a storm and see who the star baker is.  Share photos of your master creations online for donations or, when safe to do so, hold a cake sale at work or school.

4. Choose Carers’ Support East Kent as your charity of the year

Select us as the nominated charity for your school, college, workplace, sports or community group and raise funds for our Time for Me Appeal. You could arrange a 20 in 21 fundraising challenge (above) or choose your own fundraising activities. We’ll help by providing posters, content for communications, a presentation about us and where the money will go, to get everyone motivated.

Check out our fundraising support pack for ideas, hints, tips and to set up your fundraising page.

Get in touch with us  – we’d love to hear from you about what you are doing.

How will the Time for Me Fund help?

Being a Carer can be rewarding, challenging and exhausting, and many Carers find they don’t have time to look after their own health and social needs. Breaks from caring responsibilities can be a lifeline, but may not be easy to achieve, even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 78% Carers in Kent say they don’t get the breaks they need (Kent Carers Matter 2019)
  • 64% Carers haven’t been able to take any breaks from their caring role during Covid (Caring behind closed doors, Carers UK, 2020)

With your support, our Time for Me Fund could give a Carer in East Kent a much-needed break…a little me time to do the day-to-day, everyday things that most people take for granted.

What Carers say

“Just some time to go shopping alone or walk the dog would help.”

“I crave some time to myself – to go to yoga or meet a friend for coffee.”

“I’d like to get some social life back, have a break to just be me.”

David’s story: “Getting breaks has been the biggest issue for me”

Muriel’s story: “Getting a break from being a Carer can be uplifting”

June’s story: “Regular breaks are vital for me”

Jan’s story: “It’s nice to feel human for a little bit, be a person, not someone’s Carer”

When will the Time for Me Fund open?

We’re hoping Carers will start to benefit from our Appeal later in the year.

*We will use surplus funds for our general charitable purposes to help us support and respond to all the needs of Carers.