If you’re someone who needs care and support, a family member of someone who does, or an unpaid carer, then it’s your valuable stories and experiences that are needed right now.

East Sussex County Council are looking at how to shape the future of adult social care across the county, and they want to know what’s important to you.

The Living Well survey is running until Sunday 18 September and is the starting point for the development of a new strategy. It will determine the direction of adult social care for everyone who has, or will have, care and support needs within the county, the projects and services that support them, and their carers and families.

Mark Stainton, Director of Adult Social Care and Health at East Sussex County Council, said: “Long-term funding, a workforce crisis and living with COVID-19 are just three of the challenges facing adult social care.

“But there are also opportunities, such as exploring new ways of developing and delivering services, the greater public focus on the role and value of social care that the pandemic has brought, and the government’s social care reforms.

“Our strategy will describe the priorities for adult social care in East Sussex, provide direction for services, and offer a clear understanding of what our clients, their carers and families, can expect from adult social care.”

“Taking part in the survey will help us understand what really matters to local people. Whether residents have lots of experience of adult social care, or none at all, we would like to hear from them.”

To complete the survey online visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/ASCsurvey. And be in with a chance of winning one of four £25 Love2Shop vouchers.

For a paper copy of the survey and other formats contact the adult social care team at ASCPersonalisation@eastsussex.gov.uk or call 01273 481565.