Croydon carers can voice their views at new Carers Forum.
Croydon carers can voice their views at the new Carers Support Centre Forum for Croydon carers launching next month.
The forum will offer carers the opportunities to discuss the issues that matter to them and express their views with local services.
There are around 33,000 people in Croydon caring for a friend, family member or neighbour who relies on them for help due to old age, illness or disability, according to the last Census.
Croydon already has a Croydon Parent Carers Forum for parents of disabled children, and a forum for carers of adults with a learning disability. But there is no general forum for carers of adults.
The first forum meeting will be on Tuesday 26 March, 1.30pm-3pm at the Carers Support Centre, 24 George Street Croydon CR0 1PB and will continue to meet on a monthly basis.
Local carers who can’t attend meetings can also influence services by joining the Carers Support Centre Forum contact list, and receive updates on other ways to get involved.
Helen Thompson, Carers Support Centre Manager said: “We know that carers have a lot of experience and understanding of how services are working at a grassroots level.
Giving carers a voice and listening to their expertise can make a real difference.
We hope this forum will make Croydon a better place for carers.”
Carers who would like more information on the forum or who would like to join can contact Amy Deakin on 020 8649 6288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.