The Dioceses of Guildford and Southwark joined forces this month for a Carers Resourcing and Networking conference in Redhill on 19 February, with the goal improving the support for carers from the Church across the whole of Surrey.
Almost 100 parish representatives, health and social care professionals, and representatives of voluntary organisations, came together to explore ideas and next steps. It provided a forum where many engaged in pastoral work could network with service providers to get an up to date picture of the kind of help and support available to carers locally.
The Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark said, ‘I welcome the opportunity to enrich the pastoral ministry of our churches in this way. The many carers in our churches and communities need to know we value them, and are willing to support them in their caring role.’
The Rev Clive Richardson, Carer Support Adviser with Guildford Diocese observed, ‘It’s fantastic to see so much commitment and energy around the needs of carers, and such a desire to broaden the church’s ministry in an incredibly relevant way. It shows what can be achieved when churches and community partners work together.’