The masonic foundation have donated a £5,000 grant to Richmond Carers Centre, to help the borough’s most isolated residents.
According to Carers Trust, one in eight people will be an unpaid carer at some point in their life, with more than 15,000 carers in Richmond, the centre is vital to support these carers.
The centre have been bringing carers together for 16 years, through provision of support and information, wellbeing and social activities.
The generous donation by the Freemasons will underpin the centres programme in 2019.
A spokesperson from the centre said: “You are not alone is at the heart of many a conversations with a carer, whether it’s over the phone through Richmond Carers’ telephone support line, in a one-to-one counselling session – available free to carers – or at one of the many events where carers leave feeling supported by other carers.
“‘I had become overwhelmed … then I found Richmond Carers Centre’ and ‘I just feel great knowing that help is only a phone call away’ are just two comments that bring to life what Richmond Carers Centre has meant to a couple of the borough’s unpaid carers.
“Whether it’s from attending an outing, receiving support over the phone from a Carers Support Worker, or from sharing tips and information over a coffee, we strive for carers to have a clearer understanding of their needs and rights so that they will feel more confident when they come to access services.”
If you are an unpaid carer, or you know someone who is, do contact us. The centre support carers who live in the borough, or whose ‘cared-for’ lives in the borough. 020 8867 2320 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.richmondcarers.org