One of the chief objectives of Camden Carers Service is to develop a wide network of local voluntary sector organisations to ensure that carers can access support, advice and information available in the borough. Through partnership work and funding, CCS supports such organisations to identify people with caring responsibilities. Four groups and projects are currently funded:
• The African Health Forum works to improve the quality of life experienced by all African communities, particularly people affected by long-term health conditions and their carers, by developing a robust partnership that builds on its members, ensures the delivery of holistic and responsive services, and facilitates achievement of excellence. The Forum also aims to raise awareness of caring within the African communities and try to reach those who may not self-identify as carers. Partnership work with CCS involves targeting carers not known to services, through the use of one-to-one and small group discussions with different communities, providing information on services and signposting them to CCS.
Tel: 020 8840 3900
• Henna Asians Women’s Group
has been in the Kilburn area for more than 30 years, providing women-only services to both residents and new immigrants, in Bengali, Gujerati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. CCS is working in partnership with Henna until March 2017 on a Valuing Carers Project for BAMER (black and minority ethnic and refugee) unpaid carers. The project offers culturally and religiously sensitive activities to carers. Speakers are invited to a social club to talk about topics like wellbeing, mental health and dementia. The main purpose is to connect BAMER carers with the community and with mainstream organisations. Hard-to-reach carers will be referred to Camden Carers' Centre for assessments. Henna also runs a buddy scheme; volunteers are paired with carers to help them feel supported. The volunteers help the carers settle into the club and encourage them to participate in activities such as meditation, massage therapy, social club, listening and advice, arts and crafts, and Bollywood dance classes. On 8th March
, Henna is hosting an International Women's Day event, for members of Henna Asian Women's Group only. Click here
for a poster.
Tel: 020 7372 9860
• Holborn Community Association (HCA), established 60 years ago, offers a diverse range of services to over 1400 individuals per year, from under-5s to the over-90s. Programmes are designed to ensure that local people of all ages and demographics are able to participate in and benefit from living in a supportive environment. In partnership with CCS, HCA works with the local community and groups (including faith groups) to identify carers and register them with CCS. HCA also offers carers one-to-one support and occasional classes. For more information contact Hanif Ahmed.
Tel: 020 7607 4753
• Hopscotch Asian Women's Centre provides support services for Asian women and their families on issues like domestic violence, employment, housing and welfare benefits, and also raises awareness, enhances opportunity and influences mainstream policy and practice.
Over the last three years CCS has also worked in partnership with:
• Age UK, Camden
Great Croft Resource Centre, Cromer Street, WC1H 8LF
Tel: 020 7278 5090
• Bengali Workers Association hosts a weekly group for carers at their centre near Warren Street and Euston stations. Activities include bilingual exercise classes and healthy eating sessions, plus ESOL lessons focussed around carers’ issues, such as dealing with health professionals. All classes are available in Bengali and English, as they are keen to open up the service to the wider community – especially the Healthy Asian Cooking sessions.
• Camden Cypriot Women’s Organisation runs twice-weekly exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-1pm, for Greek-speaking women (including carers) in Camden. Classes are followed by refreshments.
• Camden Chinese Community Centre runs a carers’ support scheme, including social activities, at their centre at 9 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9SN.
• Castlehaven Community Association – established more than 30 years ago by local residents, CCA now runs a huge variety of innovative projects based across three locations, including an inter-generational project (previously the Time Bank) and a youth group.
• Elfrida Rathbone, established in Camden over 30 years ago, promotes independence and personal development for disabled people, parents and families. CCS funding helps to support a project for parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. During term-time it offers weekly drop-in sessions with information, advice and guidance, as well as peer-mentoring from those already navigating the education, health and social care systems.
• Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) runs an outreach project for older carers in the north of the borough. This includes pop-up open air stalls to give carers information about available services, as well as raising awareness of carers’ services and issues via regular talks and visits with older people’s groups.
• Mind Yourself is a charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the Irish community in London. Irish carers are offered one-to-one support and a monthly group meets on the third Wednesday, 2 – 4pm at Mind Yourself, The Old Fire Station, 84 Mayton Street, N7 6QT.
• People’s Centre for Change runs weekly activities sessions for carers and their cared-for on Wednesdays, 4 – 6pm, at 96-98 Shoot Up Hill, NW2 3XJ. There is a charge of £3.50 for activities, plus you can join members and families at 6pm for a freshly-cooked meal, also £3.50. An extremely warm and friendly grassroots organisation, PCC is keen to extend their welcome to other carers. Call for more details.
Tel: 07906 621 449
• The Third Age Project, based near Warren Street, has a long history of working with over-50s on the Regents Park Estate, and runs a wide range of activities, both active and social.
• Women and Health, based in Camden Town, offers female carers a range of therapies including acupuncture, reflexology, reiki, aromatherapy and Indian head massage.