About the project

Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) carers face same challenges as all carers. In addition to this, ethnically diverse carers also face additional barriers including cultural barriers, stereotypes and language barriers which can increase the chances of poorer health, poverty and social exclusion. Nationally, statistics indicate that BAME individuals are more likely to be caring for a sick or disabled child, especially for an adult disabled son or daughter aged 20-24. In addition to this, BAME carers are more likely to care for someone with a mental illness and less likely to access support services (Carers UK, 2011).

DRI is working with Care for the Carers (East Sussex), to set up a peer support group in addition to a series of focus groups that will be focused on understanding the experiences of BAME carers and barriers to accessing support.

A carer is someone who provides care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental or physical illness, substance mis use or someone who needs extra help as they grow older. You are caring for someone when the person you are looking after would really struggle without your support.

Peer Support Groups


We have organised a series of peer support groups.  You can join us online or come along to our in person drop in sessions.

Online Peer Support Groups 

Please join us for our ONLINE zoom drop-ins. Make your self a cuppa, and come for a chat or come to meet other ethnically diverse carers. If you would like to attend or want more information, please contact us at community@driorg.com. Details:

  • EVERY  Thursday  15:00-16:00 (PM), you don’t have to stay for the whole period of time. Drop in when you want.
  • Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92367785389
  • Passcode: 647706

In Person Support Group.  Come for a hot drink and a chat!

  • Eastbourne, Community Wise Centre ( BN21 1PY) , every other Wednesday. Join us at  18:30-19:30 PM. If you would like to come along, please do! Drop us an email at community@driorg.com for further information.
  • Hastings- TBC
  • Rother- TBC
  • Bexhill- TBC

care for the carers

Get Involved

If you are from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Background and look after a family member, neighbour or friend, please get in touch.

You can express your interest by filling out our short self-referral form using  THIS LINK.

Alternatively, contact us at community@driorg.com for more information.

DRI would like to hear from BAME individuals based in East Sussex.

*If English is not your first language, we will be providing language support. We are working with Bilingual advocates and outreach workers to reach out to BAME carers across East Sussex.