London Councils has praised the 22,000 ‘Christmas care heroes’ who will be working with vulnerable Londoners on Christmas Day.
An estimated 153,000 people use adult social care services in London. The majority are aged 65 or older, but there also many Londoners of working age with disabilities who receive support.
Around 216,000 people work in adult social care in London and it is expected that at least 22,000 will be working on Christmas Day itself.
Cllr Raymond Puddifoot MBE, London Councils’ Executive member for health & care, said:
“I would like to thank the thousands of care workers who will be providing essential support to Londoners on Christmas Day. They truly are Christmas care heroes – their care and commitment make a crucial difference to the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
“But we can all do our bit to check on those at risk of social isolation over the festive period. Whether popping round to visit a neighbour or volunteering with a local charity, I urge Londoners to think about what they can do to help others this Christmas.”
London boroughs commission and provide adult social care services for older and disabled people, including day centres, home care, and residential care. These services ensure that Londoners with the highest needs can live independent and fulfilling lives.
Boroughs’ adult social care teams have organised a wide range of festive events across the capital this year. Older and disabled Londoners are set to enjoy carol concerts, tea dances and quizzes. There are also outings to see London’s Christmas lights and to enjoy Christmas Day lunches in local hotels.