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Camden Carers Centre celebrates 25th birthday

'I don’t feel lonely, I can socialise and I am able to do my painting in a group'

14 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

A VITAL service for carers in Camden celebrated 25 years in the borough this week.

Camden Carers Centre, in Chalk Farm, has helped thousands of unpaid carers since its launch in 1994.

Muhsana Khatun, communications and HR assistant, with Caroline Allouf carrying the birthday cake 

The birthday party at the Charlie Ratchford Centre also marked five years of the Creative Carers Collective Art group, which gives carers a chance to make art with some of their work displayed at Monday’s bash.

Caroline Allouf, deputy chief executive officer, said: “While helping to blow out the 25 silver candles on the cake with a group of carers, I took a moment to reflect upon how far we have come over the last 25 years. From Camden Carers Centre’s birth in a small room in Kentish Town just supporting a few families, to the thriving community we are today. Here’s to the next 25 years.”

Marcela Torrico with her rose painting

Terry Morgan with a selection of his work

The carers centre, which has been based there since 2016, is due to move into a building next door when Camden Council demolish it for extra-care homes next year.

The art group was set up to offer respite for carers and now up to 20 people join each session to create art.

Zia Teshomee with her painting ‘Bird Study’

Miriam Mannish with a selection of her work

Terry Morgan, a former carer of 10 years, said he cannot thank Camden Carers enough for bringing him “out of his shell”.

Marcela Torrico, a carer from Kentish Town, said making art is like therapy for her.

The 67-year-old former art teacher, who painted a detailed rose, said: “Joining Camden Carers Centre was very important and is helpful for me in many ways. I don’t feel lonely, I can socialise and I am able to do my painting in a group.”

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