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Farewell from Sarah

As my time at Carers Network draws to a close I can hardly believe what we have achieved in just three years, and I wanted to share some highlights:

  • Growing: against a backdrop of reduced funding Carers Network now reaches 4,500 carers today and our income has almost doubled. We run expanded council-based services and some unique new projects.
  • Added-value: we work with three (soon to be four) central London boroughs, delivering a high-quality and specialist support for carers – this is a timely reminder of the additional value which charities can bring to public services
  • Doing more for carers: our crowdfunding campaigns, challenge events, donations and our new corporate partnership have transformed our offer to carers. We now support more carers with small grants, projects, courses, trips, events, training and free tickets
  • We get carers’ voices heard – Carers Network connects carers with politicians and we are regularly invited to speak about carers issues, just this week I spoke to LBC radio about unpaid carers leave.

I am confident I am leaving Carers Network in a stable and sustainable position with a fantastic team, healthy finances and funding secured for the next few years. The charity will also have a great new CEO – to be announced very soon!

I have learnt an enormous amount from carers, the Carers Network team and the host of expert local partners the charity works with. So a heartfelt thank you to you all.

I will continue to be a friend to the charity (I’m already signed up as a donor!) and I look forward to the charity’s continued development over the years to come,

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New Plans for Health & Social Care

NHS England has told local NHS Organisations to develop new plans for their local area. These plans are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

Over the past few months Healthwatch Central West London have been speaking to people across the three boroughs to find out how much is known about the STPs.

They have now published these findings, which you can read by going to their website here and choosing the borough you work, live, or study in.

You can also find information in their ‘What, Why and How,’ guide to the Sustainability and Transformation Plans here.


Carers Week: Trips and Activities for Hammersmith & Fulham Carers


It won’t be long until Carers Week 2017 is upon us!

This national awareness week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend.

The theme for this year’s Carers Week is building communities that support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

We have a jammed packed programme of FREE events and trips lined up to celebrate the week.

Monday 12 June, 10:45am: River Cruise. Back by popular demand, we’ll be kicking off the week by embarking on a river cruise. We have tickets available that will enable you to hop on and off the boats as many times as you like during the day. We’ll be meeting at Westminster Pier at 10:45am where you can collect your ticket, and we’ll depart on the 11:20am boat to Greenwich.


Tuesday 13 June, 11am – 3pm: Health and Information Day, 11am – 3pm, White City Community Centre, W12 7QT. Here, Adult Social Care, the NHS and other local organisations will be hosting stalls with lots of useful information and advice. You will also be able to meet fellow carers, have free hand massages, talk to health trainers and enjoy a light lunch that will be provided. 



Wednesday 14 June, 2:30pm – 5pm: Group Tour of Westminster Abbey. This tour will be given by the Abbey’s expert guides and be followed by refreshments and a talk revealing lots of interesting history about the Abbey – along with points of local interest. (Please note that if you have mobility issues the room where the group will be meeting at the Abbey is only accessible by stairs).

Friday 16 June, 3pm: Guided Tour of the Houses of Parliament. Here the group will meet outside Westminster tube at 2.30pm.







Monday 19 June, 11am – 1pm: Art-focused Workshop at Queen’s Gallery. As a bonus this year, we also have an extra activity at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Road – with the gallery hosting an art-focused workshop where you can engage with and experience the exhibition and enjoy a landscape inspired session where you create your own artwork.

To register for any of these events or trips please call 020 8960 3033 / email events@carers-network.org.uk

Tickets for river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour are prioritised on a first-come first-served basis for carers who did not go on these trips last year.

To ensure as many carers as possible have the chance to be involved, carers will not be able to initially book onto both the river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour.