15,000 carers in Corby and East Northamptonshire

Andy Sawford - carers speech

I recently made a speech in Parliament to highlight the growing number of people in Corby and East Northamptonshire who are caring for friends and family.

Figures provided to me by Carers UK show:

  • There are 14,980 carers in Corby and East Northamptonshire, a rise of 23% in the last ten years (higher than the 11% rise nationally)

  • 3,458 carers in Corby and East Northamptonshire care for over 50 hours a week – a rise of 40% in the last ten years (far higher than the national increase of 25%)


Big increase in demand at Corby Food Bank


Corby Food Bank is one of over 180 food banks around the country that are providing emergency food for people in crisis.

I find it very disturbing that there are over 700 children in Corby who have to rely on the food bank. Week in, week out families cannot afford to put food on the table. The government must face up to the consequences of its reforms. Read the rest of this entry »

Visiting Dementia café in Corby

talk dementia

As the Corby Telegraph reports, I recently visited the Dementia café in Corby to chat to people with dementia and their families.

The Dementia Cafe is a great place for local people to meet up for friendship, advice and support. 

By talking about the problems that having dementia brings, a person and their family may better manage situations that arise.

There are 11 Dementia Cafés throughout Northamptonshire. Each café is held for 2 hours on a monthly basis and offers local people: Read the rest of this entry »

Teamwork’s 25th Birthday

Teamwork is a brilliant local organisation and I was delighted to join their 25th birthday celebrations.  Providing employment opportunities, friendship and support to vulnerable local people is incredibly important.  It was nice to see how proud all the users, staff and volunteers are of Teamwork and I want to wish them all the best for the next 25 years.

To find out more about Teamwork please visit their website: www.teamworktrust.co.uk