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New Enfield Carers Centre throws open its doors

Published Monday, 21 June 2010

Last week saw the formal opening of a brand new resource for Enfield in the shape of a state of the art Carers Centre.

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The Centre which is based in Baker Street, Enfield, will provide a One Stop Shop for the estimated 29,000 unpaid carers in Enfield across all ages which will be run and managed by carers themselves.

In acknowledgement of the important role informal carers play in supporting people within Enfield, Council officers have been working closely with carers and carers organisations to set up a dedicated carer led centre. 

Carers within the borough provide essential help, care and support to a family member or friend who has an illness, disability or health condition. Being a carer can be a very stressful role and many carers provide the support full time, with other carers undertaking part time work whilst caring, leaving very little time for carers to obtain the support and time out which they themselves need.

The new Carers Centre will:
 - Deliver workshops and access to training and education for carers;
 - Provide a place to meet and socialise with other carers;
 - Provide emotional support, therapies and counselling services for carers;
 - Research and raise the profile of the needs of carers;
 - Provide information and advice.

Cllr Don McGowan, Cabinet Member for Older People and Adult Social Services said "I am delighted to see this new Carers Centre open in the heart of Enfield, as it is so important for carers to get together to support each other and share experiences.

"This building will be the flagship for caring in Enfield, and will provide support and encouragement for carers throughout the borough. This is the centre that carers have been asking for and have deserved for a long time.

"The service that carers provide is fundamental to our way of life and has far reaching benefits to everyone."

The centre was opened by the Mayor, Cllr Jayne Buckland.

The centre is based at Brittania House, 137-143 Baker Street, Enfield, EN1 3JL

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