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Carers Information

Carers Information

A carer is someone who looks after a friend or relative who couldn't manage at home without their help and is not paid for doing so. 

Central Surgery is working in partnership with Kingston Carers Nework to support carers from Central Surgery. KCN is based in the Community Corner at the Surbiton Health Centre every other Thursday from 9am to 12.30pm providing one to one advice to carers on issues ranging from: accessing community care, welfare benefits, practical and emotional support. In order to be able to access an advice session please speak to the receptionists or your GP at Central Surgery.

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. A carer may also be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home.

Anyone can become a carer, carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age, including children.

There are around 13,000 carers in the borough of Kingston. Carers may not recognise themselves as carers and therefore not seek help and support.

The Royal Borough of Kingston provide a number of support services to local carers. For more information and advice about local resources and support for carers, click on the link to the Carers Pages of the council website.

You may also like to seek advice and support from Kingston Carer's Network, an independent voluntary sector chaity based locally in Kingston. More information about them and their contact details can be found below.

You can also speak to one of the doctors here at the surgery and they can make a referral on your behalf to Kingston Carers Network. You can read more about them in their new leaflet which can be found by clicking here.

Make good use of Kingston Carers Network (KCN)

If you, or people you know, are caring for someone in the borough, register with KCN who are the leading, local voluntary organisation providing:

  • Information and advice
  • One to one support
  • Peer support groups
  • Outings and activities
  • Training
  • Range of therapies and treatments
  • Out of hours Legal advice
  • Counselling
  • And more!

To register or refer a carer, email or ring them on 020 3725 3048. Right click on the link to KCN for more information.

* The Voice of Carers in Kingston *

A forum for all family and friends caring for someone in the borough.

The forum aims to enable carers to have a stronger voice in shaping and developing local services and support for them and the people they care for. Anyone caring for a relative or friend in the borough is welcome to come along to find what other carers feel are the priorities and to have their say. We would ask that you tell carers about the forum and encourage them to join in and help shape change…

For details of the dates of the forum or to find out more, either click here or contact the CEO of Kingston Carer's by email -

If you are a carer and would like to receive information electronically, please contact Ruxandra Ratiu, Carers' Outreach Worker on the details listed below.

Ruxandra Ratiu 
Carers' Outreach Worker
020 3725 3048 or email

You can also access up to date information on the Council's Carers Services webpage.
Visit the website at

For information on benefits that you may be entitled to as a carer, please visit

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