Monday marks the start of Croydon Carers Week, a week filled with events designed to celebrate the millions of unpaid carers in the UK, to improve their lives and the lives of those they care for.
There are currently 6.5 million people caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend, that’s one in every eight adults.
It is estimated that in Croydon alone there are over 30,000 carers who dedicate their lives to the lives of others.
The council’s executive director for adult services, health and housing, Hannah Miller, said: “Carers in Croydon carry out an invaluable service in looking after loved ones who may have an illness or disability.
“Without the work of carers, our health services would not be able to cope.
“It’s therefore vital that we recognise, celebrate and support our borough’s carers, which is what this week is about, as well as giving them a much needed break.”
The events taking place this week include: afternoon tea, pampering and massage sessions, lunch clubs and creative arts, crafts and singing.
In addition, over 50 organisations will be there to provide help and advice on issues from benefits and housing, to relaxation and leisure.
For more information about the events taking place this carers week and how to reserve a place, see the Carers Week leaflet.