Talking, supporting and helping each other makes people happier and reduces the need for specialist care.
With the largest child population in London, Croydon has the highest number of looked after children and higher than London and national averages for under-18s admissions for mental health issues.
Croydon is also experiencing a social care crisis with 80% of the council’s £300m annual budget being spent on health, wellbeing and adult services, yet we know that if we all talked, supported and helped each other, and ourselves, more, we would prevent the need for this huge spend.
What we’ve done so far
- The nuber of primary schools rated as good or better by Ofsted rose from 76% to 90% over a four-year period and we’ve delivered an additional 1,500 school places.
- One Croydon Alliance was created to support to support over-65s, preventing them from needing to go into hospital or making sure there are timely and appropriate services in place when they are discharged. This way people can live independent, healthier and more fulfilling lives for longer.
- We continue to work extremely hard to improve our children’s social care services following our Ofsted judgement in 2017 and we’ve addressed many of the issues raised as a priority. We have invested to modernise working practices for all children’s social workers, transforming our early help to ensure children and families receive the right support at the right time.
- Our ‘outstanding’ Shared Lives service places vulnerable adults in the homes of specialist carers for day-to-day support and help, which aims to give greater independence to those with highly complex needs.
- We provide information, advice and support to our 33,000 carers who are looking after someone due to illness, disability or old age in Croydon.
- Introduced our Live Well service and Just Be website to support our residents to quit smoking, lose weight, eat more healthily, be more active, cut down on alcohol and improve your mental wellbeing.