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Stressed out Croydon carers to receive well deserved break this Carers Week.

Croydon residents supporting friends and family with an illness or disability can enjoy free relaxation activities as part of the national carer awareness week.

Croydon’s hard-working carers are invited to attend free wellbeing events at the Carers Support Centre this Carers Week (10-16 June).

Residents supporting friends and family with a disability or illness can enjoy a managing stress workshop, Tai Chi, dance, singing, poetry, art and a wellbeing Café.

Carers in Thornton Heath can also visit Thornton Heath Library on Monday 10 June between 11am-1pm, and Croydon University Hospital between 1.30pm-3.30pm for free information and advice on their caring role.

The free events will take place at the Carers Support Centre, a drop-in centre for carers jointly-funded by The Whitgift Foundation and Croydon Council.

There are over 33,000 unpaid carers in Croydon - around 10% of the local population.

Helen Thompson, Carers Support Centre manager, said:

“Carers do such an amazing job looking after friends and family who rely on them for support, and Carers Week is a great opportunity to give something back to these hard-working Croydon residents.

Caring can be rewarding, but it can also be extremely stressful. Research by Carers UK suggests that 72% of carers face poor mental health and 61% have physical health issues.

I’d encourage anyone in the borough who thinks they may be a carer to visit the Carers Support Centre. We are here to help.”

A full timetable of free Carers Week events and booking details can be found on the Carers Information Service’s website: www.carersinfo.org.uk/carers-week.

For further information, please contact:

Amy Deakin, Communications and Publications Officer, Carers Information Service on 020 8649 6288 or email amydeakin@carersinfo.org.uk.

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