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Older Carers

Working with people in London aged 55+ who support loved ones with drug or alcohol problems

Funded by the City Bridge Trust, Adfam is working with and supporting older people in London who are affected by the drug or alcohol use of a loved one.

We believe that people affected by a particular issue are often best placed to support others also struggling with the same issue.

That's why the project's emphasis is on peer support. We:

  • hold a monthly peer support group (some with a trained counsellor) where people offer one another practical and emotional advice, help and support in a friendly and non-judgemental environment
  • run regular information and skills sessions on topics such as The Care Act or mindfulness
  • go on regular trips and excursions - a chance to relax, socialise and take some time for yourself. 

The group is completely led by those who attend the meetings – you tell us what you want from it, and we’ll do our best to make it happen! We cover all expenses so you'll never be left out of pocket for anything.

Upcoming dates:

  • Friday 17 March, 1pm - 4:30pm (Visit to the Wellcome Collection)
    Venue: Wellcome Collection, Euston Road.
  • Friday 31 March, 11am - 2.30pm (Information and support session, Peter Cartwright)
    Venue: St Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ (nearest tube station: Old Street)
  • Thursday 27 April, 11am - 2.30pm (Peer support session)
    Venue: St Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ (nearest tube station: Old Street)

If you'd like to know more please email Alison Hill or call on 020 3817 9410.

Here’s what people who've come along have said:

“It’s really good to be able to come here and talk to others who, whilst in different positions, are also very similar and understand what you’re saying.”

“I have friends and family and they’re great, but they don’t understand. They can’t understand, so I choose not to talk to them about it. Coming to the group last week was fantastic. I didn’t know there were any services for people like me.”

“Nothing else has jumped out as something I want to do, but this is so close to my heart, it means so much to me, for myself, and will obviously empower me as well as my supporting others. I feel I’m getting my feet back on the ground.”

If you work for an organisation supporting older carers please get in touch - we are looking for partners for this exciting project. Please see below some newsletter/website ready text describing the project.

We have also published what we have learned from working with older carers: