The Carers Information Service became part of The Whitgift Foundation in 1997. It provides information, advice and support for unpaid carers in Croydon. A carer looks after a family member, friend or neighbour who needs help due to illness, disability or old age.
Services provided by the Carers Information Service include:
- Drop-in information, advice and support from an advice worker at the Carers Support Centre (Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm).
- Casework support and informal advocacy.
- Drop-in Carers Cafe open on weekday mornings, 10.30am - 12.30pm for a free hot drink with access to books, newspapers and Wi-Fi.
- Informative publications, including How To... A Guide for Carers in Croydon, a series of factsheets telling you everything you need to know as a carer in Croydon.
- Quarterly newsletter and monthly e-bulletin to help carers stay up-to-date with the latest news and events.
- Regular specialist advice surgeries on benefits, debt, employment and legal advice.
- Carers’ Health and Wellbeing Service including massage, lunches, singing and dance.
- Free workshops and information sessions.
- Emergency Carers Cards to give carers peace of mind.
- Local discounts with the free Carers Support Centre membership card.
- Special events including the annual Carers Information Day and Carers Week.
- Radar keys for disabled toilet access on sale for £3 at the Carers Support Centre.
In autumn 2013, the Carers Information Service moved to the Carers Support Centre, the one stop shop for carers in Croydon. The Centre is jointly funded by The Whitgift Foundation and Croydon Council: learn more.