With a seamlessly professional ribbon cutting from the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Sue Blatchford, Carers in Southampton officially opened its doors on Tuesday 23rd September 2014.
A number of prestigious guests were in attendance on the evening including Caroline Nokes MP, Cllr Dave Shields, cabinet member for adult services, Cllr Royston Smith and Cllr Ivan White, to name but a few, and we greatly appreciate their support and enthusiasm. Cllr Dave Shields has said that he “whole-heartedly welcome[s] this project” and that anything “we can do to provide assistance and support to the ‘Silent Army’ of carers in the city is a positive step.”
Carers in Southampton is funded by Southampton City Council in partnership with the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) so we were delighted that Sandra Jerrim, the CCG’s Senior Commissioning Manager for this project, was able to attend and support our launch. Our thanks go out also to the number of carers who gave their valuable time to attend. Southampton Mencap has won the contract to deliver Carers in Southampton, and the launch was held in the newly renovated Mencap Centre
Wonderful refreshments were provided on arrival at the launch by Tasty Options Bakin’ Company, a social enterprise based in the city that aims to give people living with Mental Health conditions training and other opportunities. The refreshments gave guests a chance to meet the Carers in Southampton team and find out a little more about the service.