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5th July 2019 - Camden’s Mental Health Supported Accommodation Pathway Evaluation Panel

Join the panel and help meet the needs of Camden residents.

Camden are looking for service user representatives for Camden’s Mental Health Supported Accommodation Pathway Evaluation Panel. 

The service:
• Supports adults with severe mental illness who are unable to live independently
• Provides accommodation for people who have lost their tenancies or are unable to live in their own home without support.

The purpose of the service is to enhance daily living skills to enable independent living in the future/

For more information about The Advocacy Project please click here
or contact [email protected]


24th May 2019 - Moorfields Eye Hospital - Public Consultation

Share your views.

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is proposing to build a new centre bringing together excellent eye care, ground-breaking research and world-leading education in ophthalmology. 

The NHS commissioners of Moorfields’ services, are holding a public consultation between 24 May and 16 September 2019 to consider the proposal to build a new centre.

Please click here to find a consultation document for discussion and views or visit their website to find further information – www.oriel-london.org.uk/

There is to be a public open meeting where you can attend to ask any questions you may have. Taking place: When - Monday 10 June at 11am to 12.30pm & 2pm to 3.30pm Where - St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre, 2 Ossulston Street, King’s Cross, NW1 1DF. 

To book on to the meeting please visit -http://oriel-london.org.uk/get-involved/events/


23rd May 2019 - The workers juggling careers and caring

Two women share their stories of juggling senior jobs with unpaid caring responsibilities. 

Two women share their stories of juggling senior jobs with unpaid caring responsibilities. As people in the UK live longer but also work longer, more people aged over 50 care for a partner or relative while still working - especially women.

This can have a financial impact if they have to go part-time or give up work. Almost two-thirds of people who provide care for their parents also have paid jobs. Charity Carers UK encourages businesses to help employees work flexibly.

Click here to watch the clip by BBC News.


7th February 2019 - Help us tackle air pollution in Camden

Camden Council are consulting on its draft Clean Air Action Plan & are keen to hear your opinion.

No one in Camden should experience poor health because of the air they breathe. Camden Council is consulting on its draft Clean Air Action Plan and we are keen to hear from as many of you living, working, studying or visiting the borough. We want to ensure the plan reflects your clean air ambitions for Camden.


28th February 2019 - Oscar-Nominated Film "Late Afternoon" Brings the Power of Memory to Life

A film that tells the story of a woman with dementia who is forgetting her past but who is able to leap into some of her most vivid, special memories.

The Oscar-nominated animated short film “Late Afternoon” follows Emily, who struggles connecting her past with her present. As she delves in and out of her memories and makes connections to her present-day life, she sits in a room as a woman named Kate, who she doesn’t recognize, serves her afternoon tea.
Written and directed by Louise Bagnall and produced by Nuria González Blanco, the film tells the story of a woman with dementia who is forgetting her past … but who is able to leap into some of her most vivid, special memories. We spoke with Louise about how the film came to be.

Please click hereto read more about this film.


7th February 2019 - Help us tackle air pollution in Camden

Camden Council are consulting on its draft Clean Air Action Plan & are keen to hear your opinion.

No one in Camden should experience poor health because of the air they breathe. Camden Council is consulting on its draft Clean Air Action Plan and we are keen to hear from as many of you living, working, studying or visiting the borough. We want to ensure the plan reflects your clean air ambitions for Camden.

The plan covers a range of proposals including:

• Reducing emissions from wood burners and fireplaces 
• Increasing the energy efficiency of homes and workplaces
• Reducing construction-related pollution
• Tackling unnecessary idling, especially around schools and transport hubs like Kings Cross and Euston
• Encouraging the use of sustainable travel methods to get to work and school
• Working with local businesses to reduce pollution from delivery vans.

We would also like to encourage you to extend this initiation to people you work with, your colleagues, clients, friends and neighbours. Perhaps you could forward this email to your networks or simply tell people about it. You could also print and display our simple promotional poster. Scroll to the bottom of this page to download the poster.

The consultation runs until the 15 February 2019.

To view the consultation document and provide comments, please visit: https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/clean-air-action-plan/

We look forward to hearing from you.


6th February 2019 - Overstretched 'sandwich carers' trying to help parents and children

An exhausted, overstretched generation of carers, are in need of emotional support themselves, say researchers.

A report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says more than a quarter of such "sandwich carers" are suffering from depression or stress.

"Sandwich carers" look after their elderly parents and their children.

There are 1.3 million people in the UK with such multi-generational caring responsibilities, say researchers, with many feeling ignored and undervalued.

The ONS says the numbers in this "sandwich" generation, often in their 40s and 50s, are being increased by a combination of longer life expectancy and women tending to have children later in life.

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6th February 2019 - Carers quitting jobs from pressure

More than 600 people a day leave their jobs because of the demands of being a carer, says research from a charity.

More than 600 people a day leave their jobs because of the demands of being a carer, says research from a charity.

The pressures of looking after an elderly, ill or disabled relative have made almost half a million people quit their jobs in the UK in the past two years, says Carers UK.

The report calls for more flexibility in the workplace for carers.

The charity's head, Helen Walker, says that 15% of the working population is "now working and caring".

The report estimates that almost five million people are trying to balance looking after relatives with working - up from about three million in 2011.

An ageing population has pushed this increase - but the report says not enough employers are offering flexibility over working hours or taking leave.

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21st January 2019 - ‘I want to go home’ - What to say to someone with dementia in care

Here are some ways you can approach the difficult question, 'What do I say to someone with dementia in residential care who wants to go home?'

It is not uncommon for a person with dementia in residential care to say they want to go home. This can be distressing for everyone. Alzheimer's Society have shared a few considerations on what to say to someone in this situation who wants to go home.

To read more about this, please click here.


18th January 2019 - Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: an update and a consultation

We would like to update you and seek your feedback on current NHS England national guidance and consultations on medicines.

We would like to update you and seek your feedback on current NHS England national guidance and consultations on medicines. We would ask that all PPGs have a say in the consultation  and respond.

NHS England have published a new consultation proposing further national guidance for CCGs on medicines which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. 

The consultation, running to 28 February 2019, is: Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: an update and a consultation on further guidance for CCGs
(click here to link to this article)

The items considered for inclusion were:

medicines that do not work very well or are not very safe for patients to take;
more expensive when compared to other medicines that work as well;
medicines that the NHS should not spend money on because they do not treat serious illnesses.

Click here to continue reading the full article.


16th January 2019 - Overstretched 'sandwich carers' trying to help parents and children

A BBC article about what it is like being a 'sandwich carer' and the challenges they have.

An exhausted, overstretched generation of carers, are in need of emotional support themselves, say researchers.

This article highlights what it is like to be a 'sandwich carer', someone who cares for their elderly parents and children. 

Click here to read the full article.

By Sean Coughlan.


4th December 2018 - The shop where it's okay to be different

A moving BBC Story about two brothers on the autistic spectrum that decided to open their own comic shop.

Two brothers on the autistic spectrum were looking for work when one had the idea of opening a comic shop. It turned out to be an inspired choice. 

Click here to read the story about the two brothers, Adam and Guy.

By Dougal Shaw, BBC News.


31st October 2018 - Caring Matters October 2018 – policy updates from Carers Trust

Carers Trust updates from October 2018.

Click here to download the latest information on updated policies from Carers Trust.


9th October 2018 - Donation from Don't Tone Alone

A big thank you to Don't Tone Alone for raising £650 at a bike ride / fundraising event, the money will be used towards Breaks and Activities for carers in Camden. 

For more information on Don't Tone Alone please visit www.donttonealone.co.uk


21/09/2018 - Damien Whitmore speaks about his mother and Alzheimer’s

words from Damien Whitmore: I would find Mum crying and repeating: 'I don’t know who I am'

Then, when my mother’s Alzheimer’s became so acute that she could no longer cope alone, I moved in with her in May 2018, I moved from Shoreditch, east London, to Kingfisher Cottage on the southern side of the Isle of Wight to take care of my 89-year-old mother, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. She had reached a stage where she couldn’t live alone any more nor could she rely solely on the kindness and support of neighbours. Up until then, my brother had taken care of Mum from a distance, but the time had come for someone to move in and take care of her, and my brother and I decided that I was going to do it. While the decision came from deep within and felt right, I was dreading moving from hip and trendy east London to the Isle of Wight and dealing with my mother. We hadn’t always had the easiest of relationships. There was a residue of tension between us since my parents’ divorce when I was 14. And I didn’t know anything about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. I didn’t think I could handle living in a small coastal village. At the same time, I was going through my own mini crisis – I had chronic lower-back pain, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life, where I wanted to live, what I was interested in, who I wanted to be. My own mind was confused. In a weird way, my mother and I were going through a similar thing, we were both stuck in our heads. I had no idea that through the course of the summer we were going to help and heal each other.
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Article by Damien Whitmore, Published by The Guardian.


14th September 2018 - Being a young carer

Thousands of children across the UK are caring for an adult. Many miss parts of their childhood to help a parent who is sick or disabled.

Hundreds of thousands of children across England are caring for an adult.Many make sacrifices and miss out on parts of their childhood because they are desperate to help a parent who is sick or disabled. 
Click here to read the story of Katie and her mother Charlotte.
By Claire Kendall, BBC News.


06/08/2018 - A mother's love: 'Fearful of failing to keep her alive' (Video) 

 A moving story from BBC's Story That Shape Us.


Please visit the BBC website for more information and similar stories.


09/07/2018 - Depression 'It's like a taboo...what will the neighbours say?' (Video)

A heartbreaking story from BBC's Story That Shape Us



Please visit the BBC website for more information and similar stories.


06/03/2018 - A WONDERFUL DONATION

In 2017, Camden Carers Centre received 2 generous donations, each for £10,000 from Kate Harwood our Chair of Trustees. This money will be used to support our work around dementia in 2018. Please read this lovely message about the latest donation.
I don't think many will recognise this wonderful person. MaryLou was born in the countryside near Seattle. Brought up mainly by her capable mother, she was a determined and resolute woman, an early socialist feminist role model for me (although I do not think she would have described herself in that way!). 
MaryLou took me under her wing when I was a new, young mother. She had been at college with my partner and bumped into him in London on a short trip from East Berlin where she found herself living with her academic husband who had been unable to get a university post in MaCarthy's USA. She had so many skills. She had studied interior design, she made furniture by hand, was a brilliant cook, sewed, crotched, knitted and gardened and learned more German than Len, her husband. They retired to London and had a few happy years before her diagnosis of vascular dementia.
She had cared for Len during his life and supported him in his career. They had a deep, caring relationship but Len found it too difficult to manage at home. MaryLou went to a local Care Home so that Len could visit her every day.
Sadly, Len died suddenly from pancreatic cancer. 
Shortly after, Marco my husband died and strangely MaryLou was more saddened by this. She had loved jokes and treated Marco like a naughty boy!
I could write much more but will just say how sad it was to visit MaryLou at the Home and see how unhappy she was.
She wanted to end her life but was unable. Nearly 2 years ago she died, and I have recently found out that she left me some money. I decided to give this to Camden Carers Centre as she would have approved and I know that it can make a small difference to Camden's wonderful Carers.

She would have given it with love.

Kate Harwood 


01/03/2018 - Our NEW Centre

As many of you know, a new camden site is being developed adjacent to us in Chalk Farm. This building has been designed with Camden Carers Service in mind. There will be purpose built office space specifically for us in the new building ensuring we have a permanent HOME, thus meaning we can offer you our support and services for many years to come. They are hoping for completion in the Autumn of 2019.  Example text link. 

Until then, we will remain in our current location and hope the noise of construction does not impact too much on our services.


15/02/2018 - We WON the tender 

 We are incredibly happy to announce that we were successful in our bid to maintain the carer support services in Camden. This means we can carry out our 3 year business strategy as discussed in the last AGM.




Camden Carers Centre is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1042757 and company number 2956383 at Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont Street, London NW1 8HF. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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