Support for carers

Carers provide vital support to many patients so we fully welcome them to all our hospitals and clinics.

If they wish, they can support and participate in a patient’s personal care and, with prior agreement from the nurse in charge of the ward, are also welcome outside regular visiting times.

We also offer the following here at the Trust: 

The local Carers Support Centr offers information, advice, support, training, social events and activities for carers who live, work or study in Croydon, or care for someone living in the borough. The service publish a How To Guide for carers  for carers in Croydon which gives details of local and national support for carers.

Other useful resources include the Age UK Older Peoples Information Directory.

There are lots of local and national organisations offering support services to carers:

Community support groups A-C

Age UK Croydon

2, Katharine Street,Croydon, CR0 1NX

Tel: 020 8680 5450


Support and services for people in later life including: advocacy, befriending, benefit checks, independent support brokerage, gardening, handyperson, nail care, domestic help at home, computer training, insurance and financial products and a wide range of positive ageing and information and advice services.

Age UK Croydon has put together a comprehensive list of support groups and services for older people. They can be viewed on:

Alzheimer's Society Croydon

Heavers Resource Centre,
122 Selhurst Road,
South Norwood, London, SE25 6LL

Helpline: 0845 300 0336

Tel: 020 8916 3587


Services for people with dementia: trips out, befriending service, grants for taxis, carers support, café social interaction, info & advice, young carers support group and training for carers.

Arthritis Care 

Nearest to Croydon:
First Floor,18 Stephenson Way, NW12HD

Tel: 0844 888 2111


A social network, support thro sharing experiences, provide info, ways of managing arthritis, generate local awareness, active in campaigning. 

Aztec Centre(for independent living)

28,Boulogne Road,
Croydon, CR0 2QT

Open Mondays and Tuesdays 10am to 4pm. 

Tel: 020 8664 8860

Support and advice for people who have a disability or sensory impairment  and require  information, advice or purchase mobility aids. Also equipment for people with visual and hard of hearing /deaf impairments, together with equipment for memory loss. The range of telecare techniques can be appreciated and installation arrangements actioned.

Asylum Seekers Support

Croydon Council,
Taberner House,
Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 3JS

Tel: 020 8726 6500


Benefits Helpline

Croydon Council
Taberner House
Park lane, Croydon

Helpline: 0800 731 5920 (Wed 11am - 2pm, Friday 9am - 12 noon)

Information provided on housing benefits, fraud investigation, housing and council tax benefit, local housing allowances and welfare benefit advice

Croydon Accessible Transport(CAT)

Cornerstone House,
14 Willis Road, Croydon, CR02XX

Tel: 020 8665 1972


CAT have arrange of accessible minibuses and an accessible car. Membership is required to access he service. Transport available both locally and outside the borough for day trips, respite or holiday transport.

Carers Support Centre and the Carers’ Information Service

24 George Street, Croydon CR0 1PB

020 8649 9339, option 1

The Carers’ Information Service runs the Carers Support Centre, offering information, advice, support, training and social events and activities for carers who live, work or study in Croydon, or care for someone living in the borough. All services are free of charge, but some are only available to Croydon residents.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CHAMS)

Lennard Lodge,
3, Lennard Road,
Croydon, CR02UL

Tel: 020 8700 8800

A community mental health team  (CMHT),comprising health and social care professionals, offer support on mental health issues.

Croydon Asia Women’s Organisation

89,Galpins Road,
Thornton Heath,CR76EN

Tel: 020 8409 1152

Help and support is given to lonely asian  women with their day to day problem such as ; language, education, health, loneliness  and housing

Croydon Cardiac Support Group

Cardiology Department
Croydon University Hospital 

Tel: 020 8401 3974

19, Wisborough Road, Sanderstead, CR2 0DR

Tel: 020 8657 6982


Informal and social support meetings, with talks by cardiac specialists, dieticians, nurses, doctors or health visitors. Rehab talks also included.

Citizens Advice Croydon

48-50 Portland Road, South Norwood, London, SE25 4PQ

Tel: 0300 330 9095

On-line advice available at

Free, confidential, independent and impartial advice and information on: debts, welfare benefits, employment, consumer rights, housing and relationships. See website at for opening times.

Croydon Disability Forum

c/o CHRC, Summit House,
50 Wandle Road,Croydon,CR0 1DF

Tel: 020 8686 0049


A volunteering organisation with bi-monthly meetings ( Friday 1-3pm,72 Wellesley Road, Croydon. Advice &support for disabled people and lobby locally on key issues to improve services. Working groups established on important issues.

Croydon Hearing Resource Centre

Summit House,
50, Wandle Road, Croydon, CR0 1DF

Tel:020 8686 0049

Supporting the community requiring support for hearing loss, and dual sensory impairment with Croydon Voluntary Association for the Blind. Surgeries over borough, home visits, free hearing screening service and counselling &equipment advise.

Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA)

Croydon Voluntary Action,

97 High Street, Thornton Heath, CR78RY

Tel: 020 8684 3862


CVA provides practical support and development for local voluntary and community groups to build their organisational capacity. Also informs and represents local voluntary organisations.

Croydon Voluntary Association for the Blind 

72-74 Wellesley Road
Croydon, CR02AR

Tel: 020 8688 2486

Specialist low vision and IT services, psychological / emotional support, orientation /mobility, independent living support / communication, focus groups, support for dual sensory loss and reducing social isolation.

Community support groups D-Z

Disability Croydon

Park House

22 Park Street
Tel: 020 8688 3622


Professional Advocacy service, Information and Advice on disability related matters, Bespoke training on disability, Support services / negotiation / representation, RADAR keys for accessible toilets.

Future of Down's

It is a website for parents of children with Down's syndrome created by, run by & moderated by parents of children with Down's syndrome.

Epilepsy Society

Len Pyant Community Centre, 17, Elmwood Road Croydon, CR02SN

Tel: 020 8665 1255

Advice, support and information given to people with epilepsy, their families and friends.

Ethnic Minority Advice Bureau

1109-1111 London Road, Norbury, SW16 4XD

Tel: 020 8679 0692

Provides information, advice and support services to minority ethnic groups in Croydon

Housing Service

Adult Services and Housing,
Taberner House,
Park lane, Croydon, CR91DH

Tel: 020 8726 6100


Accommodation agents in Croydon, hostels information, advice and support agencies, money advise, housing benefit advice, landlord harassment and low –cost home ownership. 

Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer,
Opposite Croydon University Hospital Entrance
530 London Road 
Croydon CR7 7YE  

Tel: 020 8401 3441

A wide range of information and support, complimentary therapies, counselling, benefits advice and volunteering opportunities.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Hospice, Harestone Drive 
Caterham CR36YQ

Tel: 01883 832600

Promotes quality of life for terminally ill people and support for their families, completely free.

Croydon Mencap

Portland House, 678 London Road, 
Thornton Heath, CR7 7HU

Tel: 020 8684 5890


Social clubs and activities available for all age groups with learning disabilities:Treetops children’s centre : 6-12 years old),Youth Club 12-18 years old, Adult Monday social, Saturday and sports clubs.

Mind in Croydon

26 Pampisford Road, Purley, CR8 2NE

Tel: 020 8668 2210


Mind in Croydon works to promote good mental health and empowers people to lead a full life I their local community. Educates and provides services campaigns& raises funds, partnership with others, values diversity and focus on quality.

North Surrey group of Coeliac UK

24, Hamond Close
South Croydon, CR2 6BZ

Tel: 020 8645 9495


Support newly diagnosed members and provide support and arrange 3 meetings per year, with two meetings per year for those newly diagnosed.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

2 Purley Road (Tesco), Purley, Surrey, CR8 2HA

Tel: 0208 868 0974


Help for those people with or affected by prostate cancer, by providing info and opportunity to talk in confidence to others similarly affected.

Queen Elizabeth Foundation Mobility Centre

Damson way, Foundation Drive, 
Carshalton, SM54NR

Tel: 020 8770 1151 

Offers assessment of driving ability and car adaption needs to drivers wishing to continue driving into old age. Specialist driving school offers rehab after illness. Advice in choosing wheelchairs or powered pavement scoters.

Refugee Project Croydon

South Norwood Centre,
Sandown Road, London, SE25 4XE

Tel: 020 8656 7958


A service for immigrants in outer London boroughs to be a multiracial organisation serving refugees in our community and able to respond to their changing needs with changes in legislation.

Respite Care

Croydon Council, Social Services, GP District Nurse, or AgeUKCroydon

Tel: 020 8726 6500


A short break in a Care Home, at a day centre or it can be provided in a clients own home.

South London YMCA 

Marco Polo House, 3-5 Landsdowne Road,

Tel: 020 7101 9960

A range of accommodation based services, including specialist hostels for young people leaving care, women and children fleeing domestic violence and a project involving those recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. Helping young people make their transition to independence and their full potential

Stroke Support Group

Christchurch Community Centre,
Sumner Road,Croydon,

Tel: 020 7652 0796
Related web site:

The Group provides support for people who have had a stroke and their carers. Group meets 2nd Thursday of every month, including lunch and a seated exercise group.

Staying Put and Croydon Home Improvement Agency

Croydon Council, Taberner House,
Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DH

Tel: 020 8760 5505


These are two Council run agencies for homeownerswho are infirm or disabled. Advise and practical assistance is also given.

Wheels for Wellbeing

Lambeth Accord,
336 Brixton Road, 
London SW9 7AA

Tel: 020 7346 8482


A charity which supports disabled people to cycle in London.