Carers’ Hub turns 5!
On July 1st 2023 we will be celebrating Carers´ Hub's fifth birthday. We would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you to all the amazing carers, colleagues and partners we have worked with, and reflect on some of the highlights and changes over this time.
Since July 2018, we have worked with over 2,500 carers, and continue to be inspired by all they do to support the people they care for.
We have been able to increase our offer to carers, growing the team from 4 to 14 posts and our Board of Trustees from 3 to 9 trustees, and feel very grateful to have worked with such dedicated colleagues.
Over the last 5 years we have developed brand new services and projects, to diversify our offer to carers. Including launching the Lambeth Carers Card, setting up the Dementia Carers Service and our Alcohol and Substance misuse project, offering a weekly Homework Club for young carers, delivering our project to support Secondary School age young carers with their education, undertaking Young Carers Assessments and more!
We have been incredibly lucky to work with so many fantastic partners including the Alzheimer's Society, Anthony Gold Solicitors, Black Prince Trust, Black Thrive, British Red Cross, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Community Tech Aid, Connect Lambeth, Create, Lambeth Early Help, The Garden Museum, Healthwatch Lambeth, Honeypot, King’s College Hospital, Lambeth Advanced Planning Consortium, Lambeth Dementia Alliance, Mosaic Clubhouse, Moreley College, Not a Care in the World. Slade Gardens Adventure Playground, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, SPEAR, Spiral Skills, We Are 336 and more. You have helped us to be able to offer an engaging programme of events, activities, training and to effectively tailor the support on offer to our carers. We have also really valued the opportunity to work together with the members of the Carers Collaborative Strategy Group and Carers Collaborative Network, to share ideas, raise awareness and push for change.
Our Adult Carers Exploring the Arts, thanks to our Partners
Today is also a great opportunity to reflect on what has happened since we launched our 5 year strategy, which was developed with the support of ZS Associates and informed by the insight and feedback of carers and launched last July. Since then, some of the steps we have taken to deliver our strategic priorities include trailing new phone and appointment times, accessibility testing our website, working with Lambeth Council around accessing translation support, supporting carers to have their voice heard in key local services and strategy development.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since we set up as an independent charity. I feel honoured to have the opportunity to work with so many amazing people every day - colleagues, our carers and families, our trustees, commissioners and funders.
An anniversary offers an opportunity to look back at the journey travelled, the achievements made and the challenges faced. Coming out of a health pandemic into a cost of living crisis has been extremely challenging not only for our carers and families but for those working to support our communities through these challenges and the hardship they often bring.
We can't wait to see what the next 5 years will bring, but we promise to continue to keep working hard for the carers of Lambeth to ensure carers are supported through their journey and their lives improved. We will continue to work with our young and adult carers to help them achieve their goals and ensure their voices are heard.
Thank you to everyone who supports our work! We would not be able to achieve our mission without your support.” Alice Dias, CEO at Carers’ Hub Lambeth.