Sutton Carers Centre

Do you have a family member, friend, relative or neighbour to whom you give unpaid care and support, due to their physical or mental illness, disability or substance misuse issue? Would they struggle to cope, or be unable to manage without you? If so, you are a Carer, and if you live or work in the London Borough of Sutton, we are here for you. We can provide you with the advice, information, time out and support to help you in your caring role and make sure that you stay healthy and well too.

Support and services offered:

  • Advice, information and support
  • Help to complete Benefit forms
  • Referrals to other agencies
  • Confidential counselling service for Carers
  • Complementary Therapies including reflexology and massage
  • Mental Health Carers project
  • Young Carers project
  • Young Carers AYCES project (Mental Health and Substance Misuse)
  • Support for former Carers
  • Outreach service to help in the identification of ‘hidden’ Carers, and to raise awareness of our services
  • Coffee morning drop-in for Carers
  • Training for Carers
  • Assistance in accessing funds
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Carers’ newsletters: ‘The Benhill Bugle’, ‘The Mental Health Carers Bulletin’, and the Young Carers ‘Cool News’

Family Carers’ Workshop

Dear All

I have attached details of a Family Carers’ Workshop that Andre Geel and I are running on Saturday 11th October as outlined below. Please do pass this on to anyone who you think would be interested in attending. This workshop is for any family member looking after someone with a mental health illness. Many thanks. Best wishes Veronica


A Skills Workshop for Family Carers


Andre Geel – Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Veronica Kamerling – Experienced Carer – Trainer

Saturday 11th October 2014

Registration: 09.00am Start: 0930 Finish: 16.30

The Fitzrovia Room, Park Crescent Conference Centre,

International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street London, W1W 5PN

Cost: £63.00 per person to include morning tea and coffee



Veronica Kamerling

Eating Disorders & Carers

01256 704117

07733 260 475



National Carers Conference in Eating Disorders

Dear All

Please find attached details of the National Carers’ Conference in Eating Disorders as outlined below. Please do pass this on to anyone who you think would be interested in attending. Many thanks. Best wishes Veronica

Booking form for National Carers’ Conference 22.7.14

National Carers Conference in Eating Disorders 22.7.14

National Carers Conference in Eating Disorders

Sponsored by Ellern Mede Ridgeway

on Friday 21st November 2014


Professor Janet Treasure OBE and Gill Todd RMN, MSc,

invite you to a day discussing

“Living with an Eating Disorder




Veronica Kamerling

Eating Disorders & Carers

01256 704117

07733 260 475



Lambeth Carers Newsletter

Mental Health Carers Newsletter for July / August available to download now –

CRN: Mental Health Service User and Carer Bulletin

Dear all,

I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather.

Please find attached the July edition of the CRN: Mental Health Service User and Carer Bulletin.

Bulletin July 2014 – Final

This is the first issue of the new combined bulletins for Service Users and Carers from the CRN: Mental Health Coordinating Centre.

As always, anyone can submit an item for inclusion in the bulletin and we are currently looking for new book reviews so please email if you would like to submit something.

I hope you enjoy it. Please do pass it on to anyone that might be interested.

Best wishes,


Carer and Public Engagement Coordinator

NIHR Clinical Research Network: Mental Health

Institute of Psychiatry, PO77

De Crespigny Park

London, SE5 8AF


Lambeth Carers forum

It’s the CARERS FORUM next Thursday 10th July which is taking place at 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA. 

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE please phone the Carers Hub Lambeth Enquiry Line 0207 6420038 or email

Leave a clear answaphone message if necessary.


Start Time: 9.45 for signing-in and drinks

Prompt Kick-Off: 10.15am

End Time: 3pm.

The programme for the event includes:

10.15 to 1pm

  • Lianna Etkind, Campaigns Officer from TRANSPORT FOR ALL giving an update on options for carers and the people you care for on transport issues such as the Taxi-Card, Dial-A-Ride, Blue Badge, concessionary travel, hospital transport services etc.  There’ll be a discussion about the problems you are facing with getting ‘out and about’ and chances to share solutions.
  • Lambeth Carers Awards – What do you want from this annual event to celebrate carers?  It’s been running in its current form for a number of years.  Should it change?  If yes, what would you like instead? Small group discussions to find out your views.

LUNCH AT 1PM – PIZZA for all, fruit and drinks

1 – 3pm

  • Cecelia Tsang, the Carers Hub Advice Case Worker will also be available from 1pm to 3pm for a Welfare Benefits Advice Surgery.

1.30 – 2.45pm

  • Opportunities to enjoy a hand massage and/or an exercise session.


We look forward to seeing you there.

Public Coproduction Meetings about the Social Care Hub


Public Coproduction Meetings about the Social Care Hub






These are meetings for the general public to discuss and give views on the new Social Care Hub due to the extreme reduction in funding over the next few years.


Funding will be reduced by 40% and this will have an impact on services you receive.


Monday 23 June 11 – 1pm at Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Road SW16 1PN

Carers Bromley

They have new volunteer roles available to help support carers of all ages on their helpline and to undertake administrative tasks between calls. In return you will be trained and supported by them.

A warm, friendly, compassionate personality

Good communication skills and an excellent telephone manner

Sound listening skills


Good computer literacy

Via Matthew

Young Carers Conference 2014

Saturday 14th June 15:00 – 17:00

We are pleased to invite you to the Southwark Young Carers Conference 2014, which will be held on 14th June at the Walworth Methodist Church main hall, 3-5pm.

A young carer is someone aged 25 or under who helps look after a relative because of their condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.

The majority of young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.

Are you a young carer or do your children sometimes provide care? Would you like to find out about support available? Or are you looking for a fun afternoon out with your family?

Then come along to the Southwark Young Carers Conference, which will be held from 2-5pm in the main hall of the Walworth Methodist Church on 14th June 2014. As well as information stalls there will be free food from Nando’s, music from a former X factor star, a football skills performer and more entertainment for people of all ages.

If you’d like to come, we would appreciate it if you could let us know so we can prepare a goody bag and enter you into our prize draw.  Please call Ruth on 07477 105 741 to register your interest.

Via Matthew


Carer events

Monday 9th June

Day Trip to Eastbourne.  Meet at Woodlawns at 8.45am.  Back in Lambeth approx. 6.30pm

Wednesday 11th June

Part Day-Trip to Kew Gardens.

Two meet-up points at 10am to be explained when you book.  Back in Lambeth approx. 4.30pm

One of the vehicles has a tail-lift and can accommodate wheelchairs.

Saturday 14th June: 12 noon to 4pm

BBQ at Woodlawns with a live band and fun activities

A family event organised in partnership with Lambeth Young Carers Project

To book places for these events please phone the Enquiry Line on 020 7642 0038

Confirmation with all the details for the trips will be sent out after booking.

Carers Hub Lambeth


Via Matthew

Carers Week 2014

On Friday 13th, Carers Week 2014,  will focus on raising the awareness and identification of young carers and encouraging all services, schools and colleges to do some kind of activity related to young carers, perhaps a lesson, an assembly or another awareness raising activity.The #YCpic Challenge for individuals, classes, schools, colleges, youth groups …everyone!

‘Be creative, have fun and raise awareness of young carers’

During Carers Week, or before Carers Week, get creative and SNAP a photo of the letters ‘YC’. Create your YC image in any way you like…it could be made from:

•    beans on a plate?

•    chairs in a classroom?

•    flowers in a field!

Let your imagination flow! Then share your images on social media. Tweet images using the hastags #YCpic  #carersweek  #youngcarersday

We will grab as many images as we can and upload on the Carers Week Pintrest Board.

Via Matthew


Carers Walk

Carers Walk 2014

Do you want to join the Southwark Carers team in this years Carers Thames Walk?

The walk starts at 10:00 on Saturday 31st May from besides Tower Bridge and you have the option to enjoy the 4km, 8km or 15km walk all of which take in landmarks and sights of London

Chris Jones runs a long way for Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research

I have been a carer consultant on the Involvement Register since May 2011. I have thoroughly enjoyed this – I’ve been involved in the Food Project, on the Psychological Medicine Service User Advisory Group, visited the Mother and Baby Unit, given presentations for SUITE (Service User Involvement in Training and Education) and also have had a lot of responsibility for SLaM TWIG Ops Facebook page and our twitter feed @slamtwigops helped and supported by Matthew Mckenzie – particularly when I have been unwell.

An Involvement Register colleague, D Rosier, saw a post that I had done on my personal Facebook page and kindly suggested that I do a blog post in order to raise awareness.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 44 in 2005 and underwent a lumpectomy and radiotherapy. My oncologist told me that I was very unlucky to get it at a relatively young age. My prognosis then was that it was less than 5% likely to reoccur. Last October though the beastie raised its ugly head again and I had a recurrence. Now buying lottery tickets as I keep falling in the unlikely stats so surely I must be due for the unlikely event of winning the lottery!  🙂

This time I have been throwing a lot more at it – bilateral mastectomy, chemo, Herceptin, Letrozole…   I have no intention of doing it for a third time.

My lovely son, Chris, has been supportive all through this. Spending time visiting me in hospital, bringing very posh champagne for New Year (bizarrely when you are going through chemo champagne tastes particularly good!), coming to keep me company whilst being filled with toxic drugs (chemo) at an unearthly hour just after Christmas, numerous treats of lunch out – to name but a few things. Typical of my son not only does he want to be supportive but also wants to do something practical to help – and if that involves some crazy sports challenge so much the better!

Chris is doing an ultra marathon at the end of June for Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research . This is a 100km run (62 miles – more than 2 marathons) which is phenomenal distance to run in one day. It’s along the Grand Union Canal starting at Maida Vale, Nr Paddington and ending in Bletchley, Bucks. You can’t simply just get out of bed on the day and hope to run this far – it involves a huge amount of training. Chris often runs 20 miles after a full (and long)day’s work purely to train for this and aims to run 60+ miles per week to keep superfit. He has trained whilst in Kuala Lumpur on a business trip in extremely hot weather. On 7th April he ran the Brighton Marathon in three hours seven minutes purely as a “training run”. I am so proud of him.

Research is vital. Breast cancer is really sneaky – it has a habit of reappearing several years later when all appears to be well – which is exactly what happened to me. Research is coming along and purely because of good research I will benefit this time from a new “wonder drug” Herceptin. This was a very new drug when I was first diagnosed in 2005 and not widely used. Recent research has shown that even though my cancer was contained I will still benefit immensely from it. If it wasn’t for research this drug would not be available and I wouldn’t have the excellent prognosis I have now.

Chris’s JustGiving page is Please take a look just to raise awareness and if you feel like donating too then even better! No donation is too small. All the bits add up!

Thank you.

Bridget Jones

Hear Us Open Forum Meeting held on 4 March 2014

Matthew has done a audio blog of this meeting.

The theme was “Are you affected by bipolar or depression?”.