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.
- The number 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.
Have your say
Have your say on each of the six big conversation topics using our survey.
This is a special edition of the survey for 11 to 21 year olds.
Tell us what you find makes a positive difference to your physical or mental health.
In my role as Chairman of NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, I’ve seen first-hand how important it is that we work in partnership across the NHS, with Croydon Council and the voluntary sector to improve local health and care services and to give people the chance to take ownership of their own health. This kind of education is invaluable, as once you can take better care of yourself, you inevitably become a happier and more fulfilled person. Simply talking about the challenges you’re facing, supporting others and helping each other on your way makes people happier and reduces the need
Keeping active and moving our bodies more can make a huge difference to our health and wellbeing. It can seem a daunting task to change our routine and fit in a bit more exercise but joining a group activity is a great way to look after your health and wellbeing. It can also help to tackle people being isolated or feeling alone as talking, supporting and helping each other makes people happier, can prevent illness and reduces the need for specialist care. Last year, a team representing Croydon lined up against teams from across London and beyond to represent their
Recent statistics show that we are facing unprecedented challenges in the fight to keep the public of Croydon fit and well. We know that more than 3 in 5 adults are overweight or obese, while 1 in 5 children are already overweight or obese by the time they start primary school. There are more children in Croydon than any other London borough, and more children admitted to hospital with mental health conditions than national average. At the same time, people are living longer and we have a growing older population. There are 3,600 residents living with dementia, and at least
Caring for each other is at the heart of Croydon Council’s commitment to making our borough inclusive for people living with dementia, and their carers. We are a member of the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance (CDAA), which is more than 20 local organisations, including Croydon Health Services, Age UK Croydon, Alzheimer’s Society and local police and fire services, working together to create dementia friendly communities. There are more than 3,600 people living with dementia in Croydon today and that number is likely to rise. The work we do includes raising awareness of the condition to as many residents, local businesses