Lewisham calls out to carers
Monday 10 to Sunday 16 June is Carers' Week – and NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is highlighting some support to carers.
A 'carer' is anyone who looks after (or 'cares for, unpaid') a friend or family member who needs support in daily living, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction. The person who is caring can be anyone – a young person or an older person.
What support is available in Lewisham for carers?
We jointly fund, with Lewisham Council, a Carer Information Advice and Support (IAS) Service that can be accessed by all adult residents who look after someone who lives in Lewisham and is aged 18 years or more.
The Carer IAS Service advises carers on coping strategies, and helps carers at different stages in their caring journey and can suggest options for local support as well as help with the council's online carer self-assessment form. Contact the Carer IAS Service on 020 3886 0970 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lewisham also has Carers Lewisham, who can be contacted on 020 8699 8686 or email email@example.com. They offer counselling services, group sessions and work with younger carers.
Lewisham Council has a wealth of information on its website and residents can find out about local agencies that might support them through the health and social care directories.
What's happening this week?
To celebrate the work that carers do, carers in Lewisham are invited to a free relaxation session (booking is necessary) as part of Carers' Week. Taking place at the Carers Lewisham/Carer IAS offices at Waldram Place, Forest Hill, London SE23 2LB on Friday 14 June from 10.30am to 2pm.
Those who attend are promised massage therapy, a laughter and relaxation workshop, bingo, and tea and biscuits. Individual therapy is also available. Spaces are limited, so please call 0203 886 0970 to book.