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We hope that you all managed to enjoy the beautiful weather over the long Easter weekend - whether you went for a walk in the woodlands or sat in the sunshine with a lovely cuppa! May this May Bank Holiday weekend also bring you some sunshine or at least a bit of time out from your caring roles.

We just wanted to check in with you all as we start a new month and share with you the latest updates, including our May support groups, partner events and fundraising opportunities.

With the May bank holiday on the horizon, we are sharing with you a list of services available over the long weekend to support the wellbeing and mental health of both you and the person/people you care for. Please scroll down for further details.

We hope that you all caught the Papa John's Trophy Final on the 3rd of April. We are so proud of our home team, Sutton United. Even though they may not have won, they still made history that day. Thank you once again to Steve and Sam at Free Kicks Foundation for donating the 10 'Club Wembley' tickets for our Young Carers and their families and more tickets since. It was certainly a day that they will never forget!

Centre Updates
Staff Training Day - 27th May
Please note that the Centre will be closed to personal callers and phone calls all day on Friday 27th May for staff training purposes. We will be open as normal on Monday, 30th May, 10am - 5pm (which is not a Bank Holiday due to the Queen's Jubilee - which also means that we will be closed for the Bank Holidays now on Thursday 2nd June and Friday 3rd June, instead). 
Form-filling Appointments
We seem to have had a surge of people needing help with benefit forms. If you need our urgent assistance, then please call us ASAP on 020 8296 5611. If your form is not urgent but you still require our help, then please call us and we will sort out a solution for you. We are currently booking appointments 3 weeks in advance. If you are coming in for an appointment, then please do ensure that have your paperwork gathered and ready for us to review with you, as that helps us help you best. 

An egg-stra special Easter thanks to the Sutton Masons!
For a second year running, Nigel Feltham and the Sutton Masons kindly donated Easter Eggs to our Young Carers and their families. We would like to thank them for their continued support - as a gesture like this certainly made it an Easter to remember!                        

Nigel Feltham delivering the Easter Eggs to Julia and Gary at Sutton Carers Centre.
The Countdown to Carers Week 2022
Make caring visible, valued and supported
With just over a month to go until Carers Week (6th - 12th June), we are busy finalising a full calendar of events for Sutton.

To give you a little teaser, with London Brough of Sutton, we will be having a public display of Carers' art and other creative items; a wellbeing 'open day' here in the Centre with our health colleagues, and partners such as South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust will be running online wellbeing sessions for Carers including staff Carers, specialist Recovery College Courses, and a picnic in the park for Carers. Can't wait to hear more about Sutton Parent Carers Lunch, too!

We'd love to hear from you, our local carer partners, and organisations who support carers. What are you planning to do this Carers Week? Perhaps you could run a staff networking event for employees who juggle their paid jobs alongside their caring roles to make them aware of the support available to them - or even run a training course for staff to help them better understand and identify unpaid Carers in their everyday roles. Perhaps a coffee morning to thank carers you already know would be a nice gesture? We would love to hear from Carers with ideas, too.

Please let us know your plans by emailing We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Please visit the Carers Week webpage here for more information and resources.
Centre Activities
What's going on in May at SCC?
Please find below an outline of the free Support Groups running at SCC for Adult Carers during May 2022.

We are excited to announce that we have a new group starting for Parent Carers of older teenagers and young adults with extra needs. The group will meet at the Centre monthly on the first Wednesday of each month, 10am - 11:30am. The first group will take place on Wednesday 4th May.  If you are not able to make a Wednesday morning, then please remember that we are still running a monthly evening online support group for Parent Carers on the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm - 7:30pm. The next group will take place Tuesday 10th May. For more details on these groups and to book your place, please email

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of people attending, as well as our staff and volunteers who facilitate the groups, we continue to follow COVID-19 prevention measures. If you can, please take an LFT before you attend and follow all guidelines to reduce the chances of you passing on or getting the virus. If you have any symptoms of being unwell, please do stay home to get better. Please note, that we can supply you with a box of Lateral Flow Tests when visiting the Centre to best protect you and those you care for.

Please visit our website: for our weekly schedule of support groups, including our Young and Young Adult Carer groups.

As always, you also can call us on 020 8296 5611 or email or

For more information on one-off virtual groups and activities, training and workshops at Sutton Carers Centre, as well as confidential, 1-1 support available to Carers of all ages, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We also hold information about Carer peer support groups run virtually by partner organisations such as 
Sutton Parent Carers Forum, the National Autistic Society and more.
Your Wellbeing
If you and your family become unwell over the Bank Holiday weekend

With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, we wanted to share with you information on some of the services available over this time.

If you or the person you care for requires urgent help from a GP over the bank holiday weekend but it is not an emergency, then please call  0333 332 6570 (8am - 4pm). Alternatively, you can visit NHS 111 online or call 111. In the event of an emergency, please always call 999.

Your local pharmacy offers healthcare services which you don't need to book an appointment for - just pop in. To find out if your pharmacy is open this Bank Holiday, please click here.

If you need urgent mental health support over the Bank Holiday, then please call the South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line on 0800 028 8000. Please click here for more information.

For caring concerns, including safeguarding an adult or child, please contact London Borough of Sutton on 020 8770 5000, 24 hours a day if urgent. Again, for emergencies, please call 999.

How to access your COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 booster

You can book your 1st, 2nd or 3rd or booster online via the NHS website here. Please note that the 3rd dose for people with a severely weakened immune system is different to a booster dose; if you've had a 3rd dose, you'll be eligible for a booster (4th jab) from 3 months (91 days) after your 3rd dose.

If you have yet to receive your spring booster and are 75 or over you can walk in to a local site. Find the latest walk-in times here.

Please note that it is best to book an appointment in advance for your first, second or third booster vaccinations at the St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton. Some walk-in appointments are available, too. Further information can be found on the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group website here.
If anything is getting in the way of you getting your jabs, such as finding covering care or arranging transport, then please let us know so that we can support you.
Call for evidence for a new 10-year plan to improve mental health
A call for evidence was opened on the 12th of April by the Department of Health & Social Care to inform a new 10-year mental health plan to 'level up' mental health across the country and put mental and physical health on an equal footing.

They are asking for people of all ages with lived experience of mental health conditions as well as Mental Health Carers to respond to a 12-week call for evidence. You can take part in the survey by clicking here. Please note that it closes at 11:45pm on 5 July 2022. 

We would love to hear what you have to say, too, to inform services locally, so please feel free to share your response with us, which, with your permission, we also can share with Carers Trust nationally. 

To find out more information about this survey, then please click here.

What are some other partners doing this month?
Connecting with other LGBTQ+ Carers in London

Scroll down to find out what our friends at Wandsworth Carers Centre are doing in partnership with us and other Carers Centres this coming month! Sutton LGBTQ+ Carers most welcome!

Coffee, Chat & Walk in Soho - FYI, to get a flavour of some of the events
An opportunity to meet other LGBTQ+ Carers, connect over a cup of coffee and enjoy a spring walk around Soho. The event took place at 10am Saturday (30th April). Please remember that events like these are for us in Sutton, too, and that you are most welcome to bring any LGBTQ+ London friends.


London LGBTQ+ Carers Peer Support Group - THIS SUNDAY
Come along, meet and share experiences with other LGBTQ+ Carers over a free hot drink. This group will be held at the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre. Further information can be found here. Scroll down to see the upcoming dates. All Sutton LGBTQ+ Carers are welcome.

  • Sunday 1st May, 3pm - 5pm
  • Saturday 28th May, 2pm - 4pm
  • Sunday 19th June, 3pm - 5pm
  • Sunday 17th July, 2pm - 4pm


If you would like to book your space or simply find out more information, then please email - or give Chiara a call on 020 8296 5611 / 07500 199014, email: Please note that these events are open to LGBTQ+ Carers aged 18 and over.

Decision-making for Vulnerable People, with Renaissance Legal
May 5th

Parent Carers, or ANY Carer with an interest in this area, please join our partners at Sutton Parent Carer Forum for their upcoming webinar. They will be joined by Philip Warford, a Lawyer and specialist in planning for the future for people who are disabled and/or may be vulnerable. He will talk through the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, information on Powers of Attorney and advice on how the Court of Protection might help.

For more details and to book your place, please email or call 07557760328. Further information can be found on the Sutton Parent Carer Forum website here.
Upcoming CRiSP Workshops with
Alzheimer's Society Sutton

The latest dates have been released for the CRiSP Workshops in Sutton. The 'CRiSP' programme is run by Alzheimer's Society Sutton to ensure that Carers of people with dementia are well supported. Below is an example of their summer programme.
Please email, or call Sutton Carers Centre on 020 8296 5611 to hear more about individual support to Carers of people with dementia - or to hear more about our Dementia Carers Peer Support Groups which run in the daytime and evening, on rotation. Peer Support for people with dementia (Carers usually welcome to attend, too) is run by lead partner Age UK Sutton, about which we can give more information, too.
How you can get involved & support us!
Upcoming Fundraising Opportunities
Swim the Serpentine for Sutton Carers Centre
We are looking for an avid swimmer to dive in and swim one full lap around the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London which in total is a one-mile swim. The event, Swim Serpentine takes place on Saturday 17th September 2022. More information can be found on the Swim Serpentine website here.

Could you run The 'Big Half' for Sutton Carers Centre?
We still have two places available for The Big Half on Sunday 4th of September 2022. If you are passionate about running, or just want to set yourself a sponsored challenge, then we want to hear from you! More information about The Big Half can be found on the official website here.

Please note that participants will need to raise a minimum level of sponsorship as part of taking the place. If we have more interest than places available, then a selection process will be used. Please email to register your interest.
And thank you for your support! Sponsored activities are one of the best ways to raise money and thus increase support to our Young and Adult Carers, of all ages.
Support Mandy and Scooby as they prepare for their 8.5-mile Charity Walk!

Our Office Manager, Mandy Dennelly and her trusty companion, Scooby, will be taking part in the Banstead Rotary Charity Walk on Sunday 8th May for Sutton Carers Centre. This 8.5-mile route will start at Tattenham Corner and end at Nower Wood. 

You can show your support by donating via Mandy's fundraising page here. More information about the walk can be found on the Banstead Rotary website here.

Scooby the dog preparing for his 8.5-mile walk to support Sutton Carers Centre
Contact Sutton Carers Centre on 020 8296 5611, 10:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday, until 8:00pm on Tuesday evenings, and from 11:00am – 1:00pm on the second Saturday of each month, or email us on, or for Covid-related queries,

You also can get extensive information from the London Borough of Sutton website here,
 including information about COVID-19 tests, PPE and more. It also has information if you feel unsafe from domestic abuse or if you have concerns about the safety of a vulnerable adult or child. We also can give information and advice about all these issues.

Your NHS is still here for you, too - so, as always, if you have any concerns about your health, please contact your GP or Pharmacist, or in any emergency, please call 999.  

For copies of this newsletter, our 8 - 13 and 14+ Sutton Young Carers News, as well as previous editions, then please visit our website here.
Best wishes,
Chiara Borwick
Communications & Digital Involvement Coordinator | Sutton Carers Centre (Carers Trust Network Partner)
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