Her Royal Highness met the Chair, Greenwich Carers Centre, Mr Colin Bell, and Chief Executive, Greenwich Carers Centre, Mrs Sue Mitchell who accompanied her throughout the visit.
The Princess Royal met funders, trustees, staff, therapists, volunteers and unpaid carers.
Greenwich Carers Centre has strived to provide a centre where unpaid carers and those they care for can access a wide range of services and facilities. They have achieved their ambition and Her Royal Highness had the opportunity to see the building which now features a spa, bistro, snug, walled garden and a suite of multi-purpose activity rooms.
Before leaving, Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit and received a gift.
Colin Bell, Chair, Greenwich Carers said, ’Unpaid carers are dedicated people who often have to balance their caring role with work and education. For some caring can be an extremely isolating experience with the potential for unpaid carers to feel depressed, tired, anxious and disempowered. We provide a diverse range of services for unpaid carers of all ages and gender to enable them to take control of their own lives and play a full part in the local community. It is a tremendous boost that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has devoted so much time and energy to championing the cause of unpaid carers.’
Sue Mitchell, Chief Executive of Greenwich Carers Centre, said, “Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, visited us in the early years of the organisation, 1993 and 1996, and we are delighted that she has been able to return to mark our 25th anniversary. It is tremendous for unpaid carers and everyone supporting them. During her visit, the Princess was able to meet many of the unpaid carers we work with and hear about their experiences, the support we are able to provide and their views on how unpaid carers should be supported in the future.
Cllr David Gardner, the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Public Health, said, “The Royal Borough recognises the vital role played by carers, both in their families and in their community, and we are extremely proud of the work that Greenwich Carers’ Centre does to support carers. This has been born out of a close and strong partnership over many years between the Royal Borough, local health services, Greenwich Carers’ Centre and the community.
He continued “The facilities and support available at The Stables in Charlton are second to none, and we’re very pleased that Her Royal Highness has had the chance to see these facilities for herself, and to meet some of the carers who benefit from what’s on offer.”