Independent Lives’ Adur respite service set to restart

The Time Out in Adur respite service is ready to restart after being closed for almost a year.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 2:14 pm

West Sussex charity Independent Lives organises activities for older people, people with support needs and people with dementia in the Adur area, to give carers a much-deserved break.

The respite service was temporarily closed almost a year ago to the day, at the start of the first national lockdown in 2020.

From Monday, March 22, Time Out in Adur will once again be able to support carers by offering days out in West Sussex, community-based activities and one-to-one support.

Outings are a popular part of the Time Out in Adur service

Catherine Goldsmith, day activities co-ordinator, said: “During this lockdown, and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, carers of people with support needs or dementia have consistently put their loved ones before themselves, facing the challenges of disrupted support networks alongside the anxieties and loss of routine we have all faced.

“By safely restarting our respite service we want to encourage carers to take back some time for themselves, and to appreciate everything they have done for their loved ones.”

To ensure safety, the service will be supervised by experienced staff, fully-trained in effective PPE practice, and capacity will be temporarily reduced, with additional risk assessments put in place.

Mark Greening, West Sussex County Council’s commissioning manager for carers, said: “I was delighted to hear that Independent Lives, in consultation with carers, have decided to resume their carer respite service.

Catherine Goldsmith, day activities co-ordinator at West Sussex charity Independent Lives

“The past 12 months have been long and difficult for all, especially for people caring and/or shielding. I know that any breaks or outings are very much needed, now more than ever, and am sure that Independent Lives will deliver a good service for their customers.”

For more information about Time Out in Adur, visit the Independent lives website at

For an informal conversation about the service, telep[hone Catherine Goldsmith on 07825 084756.