Care and support website continues to grow

A website that helps West Sussex residents to live independently is continuing to increase in popularity.

 
Last updated:
25 June 2015

West Sussex Connect to Support launched in April with information and an online market place for people to find and buy the support they need.

The website helps anyone who needs some support to remain independent, to shop for support services and products, find local activities and groups and look up information and advice.

People can use their own money, or funding they get from the County Council, to purchase online services, the same way as they would purchase other products over the internet.

Hundreds of different products and services are available to purchase and the number is rising each week as more organisations register with the website.

Veena Chohan, a carer from Crawley, said: “This website is a good idea for carers like me as it makes things a lot easier to find instead of going to lots of different pages. The categories are easy to use and it is easy to navigate around the website. I can see this website making life easier for me.”

Mandy Paine, a carer from Littlehampton who runs a support line for other carers, said: "I think it is an absolutely brilliant idea. At the click of a button you can immediately find the services or products you need.”

Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “West Sussex Connect to Support is all about giving people who use health and social care services more control and say over their own support.

"By registering with the website people can look at what is available, the cost of the service and whether it operates in their neighbourhood. Although it is early days for the website the feedback so far has been very positive and really encouraging.”

Businesses can find out more about promoting the products and services  they offer and can register in a provider area on the website, or for more information they can phone: 0333 600 6330.

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