New website to boost independent living in Croydon

 

Croydon residents wanting to keep active into old age are being urged to visit a new council-backed online directory offering thousands of links to social groups, care and support.

Croydon Council has teamed up with national charity Age UK to provide information on 800 organisations and over 2,000 health, care and support services across the borough for the Careplace website.

Launched in Croydon on Monday, created by a partnership of seven other London councils, Careplace allows residents to search for everything from home help to sheltered accommodation on one website.

Croydon-based contacts range from a coffee morning in Shrublands and a tai chi group in Broad Green to providers of mobility aids, and also includes regional groups and providers with wider customer bases.

Croydon Council has contracted Careplace to help support the borough’s own independence strategy, which includes a focus on giving residents information and advice so they can make choices about how to meet their needs and live healthier lives.

“Croydon residents needing specialist care will always get the council’s help, but we also want people to be independent and active for as long as they can.

“That’s why Careplace’s wealth of information is so useful – you don’t need to be a computing whizz to get the hang of it, so why not give it a go?”

Councillor Louisa Woodley, cabinet member for families, health and social care

Careplace will be constantly updated and improved by council staff and Age UK volunteers. Services, organisations or community groups wishing to add themselves to the directory can register online by visiting the Careplace website. To view the website, go to www.careplace.org.uk

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