Carers Support Centre sends Croydon to the top of the Carers Week league for 2017.
The Carers Support Centre sent Croydon to the top of the Carers Week league this year, hosting more events for carers than any other UK borough.
Croydon saw off the competition with 31 registered events – nine more than second place Leeds.
The league was part of the national Carers Week campaign for carers, with councils, carer organisations and communities joining forces to raise awareness and support for the 6.5 million people who care for someone due to illness, disability or old age.
Croydon held an action-packed programme for carers this year, including a Carers’ Information Day, therapeutic massage, social activities, a carers' barbecue, a laughter workshop, art, singing and a vintage afternoon tea.
Councillor Louisa Woodley, cabinet member for families, health and social care, said:
‘Croydon’s carers do an invaluable job and we never take them for granted. Carers’ Week gave us the opportunity to showcase our comprehensive advice and support service and allowed us to reach out to people who may not have known we are here to help. I’m delighted Croydon topped the league table and I thank everyone involved in making our Carers’ Week programme so successful’.
Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Toni Letts OBE, said:
‘As a former carer for my late husband I know about the times in the middle of the night when a loved one is in pain, can't sleep, is weak - you feel so isolated and challenged. It’s one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs I’ve ever done.
The voluntary services in Croydon are a lifeline to carers and Carers Week is just one of the ways to say a most sincere thank you to carers for everything they do’.
A carer who attended the laughter workshop during Carers Week said:
‘I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The session was invaluable.’
Croydon’s Carers’ Information Service, part of The Whitgift Foundation, provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers in Croydon. It runs the Carers Support Centre in George Street, the one stop shop for Croydon’s carers.
Funded by Croydon Council and The Whitgift Foundation, support provided at the centre includes information and advice, emotional support, respite activities, social events, benefits and legal advice, advocacy, support for young carers and parent carers and much more.