Croydon MP champions disabled carers’ rights during visit to Carers Support Centre.
Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones pledged to support the rights of disabled carers during her visit to the Carers Support Centre, a drop in advice and support centre for carers in Croydon.
Sarah Jones MP spoke at the launch of Together, a grassroots community group supporting disabled people who care for friends and family members.
The launch took place on Carers Rights Day, the national campaign to raise awareness of carers’ rights.
There are over 33,000 carers looking after friends and family with an illness or disability in Croydon, just under 10% of the local population.
Commenting on the launch of Together, Sarah Jones MP said: “Carers are some of the real unsung heroes of our society. Carers are unpaid and recent research found that they can go months or years without a day off.
That’s why I’m so pleased that Together has launched. Whatever the problems we face in society, the solutions are always about coming together, giving each other support and campaigning to change things.
I look forward to supporting Together in their ongoing work and I congratulate them on the successful launch.”
Helen Thompson, Carers Support Centre manager, also spoke in favour of the group’s aims.
The afternoon ended on a high with Sarah Jones MP and group coordinator Mandy Maddock jointly cutting the official launch cake.
Together meets at the Carers Support Centre on a monthly basis. The next group meeting is Thursday 14 December, 1.30pm - 3.30pm.