NHS HEALTHY AGEING & HEALTHY CARING GUIDES
It’s important that older people and their families and carers are supported to stay well throughout winter.
The NHS guides provide practical advice to support healthy ageing and caring and provide tips on how to keep fit and independent. The Healthy Caring Guide also identifies support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing.
The NHS Healthy Ageing Guide can be ordered and delivered for free by calling 0300123 1002, quoting reference HA2 , or online at www.orderline.dh.gov.uk The Healthy Caring Guide can be downloaded from the NHS England website here.
RE-LAUNCH OF WOKINGHAM SAFER PLACES SCHEME
Come and find out about the changes to the scheme and see what the new logo looks like. You can also apply for your new Safer
Places Card. See here.
When: Tuesday 5th February 2019
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Where: Town Hall, Market Street, Wokingham RG40 1AS
POOR MENTAL ILL-HEALTH OF SANDWICH CARERS
The latest report from the Office of National Statistics shows 1 in 4 ‘sandwich carers (those who care for both sick, disabled or older relatives and dependent children) are more likely to report symptoms of mental ill-health, feel less satisfied with life, and struggle financially compared with the general population.
With life expectancy increasing and women having their first child at an older age, around 3% of the UK general population, equivalent to more than 1.3 million people, now have this twin caring responsibility.
Find out more here.
To see what we’ve been up to over the last couple of months and find out what’s happening locally for carers.
Winter Carers Update
CROSSROADS SILVER ANNIVERSARY AGM
Remembering twenty-five years of providing essential respite breaks to carers in Wokingham & Bracknell Forest was the highlight of our AGM on Wednesday 21st November. Attended by the Deputy-Mayor of Wokingham Borough Council , Cllr Bob Soane and the Deputy Mayoress Mrs Hilary Soane, carers and some of our new and long-serving staff and volunteers.
You can see our Annual Report 2017-18 here.
HOW TO ENJOY LIFE WITH FREE RESPITE BREAKS
If you’re looking after a family member or friend at home who has:
- dementia, or
- a life-limiting illness, g. heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, COPD, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis
- caring, unpaid, for more than one person.
If so, thanks to an NHS Respite Fund award received from Berkshire Community Foundation we’re thrilled to offer a number of carers 12 ½ hours of FREE respite to reduce the stresses and strains of your caring role.
Places are limited so please call now on 0118 979 5324, email: email@example.com to apply.
N.B. Priority will be given to carers who recently have not been been able to take a much-needed break.
BEST BREAKFAST UPDATE
Thanks to everyone who turned out to support us at our annual Best Breakfast on Friday 2nd November.
This includes AVC Fencing whose very kind donation provided the essentials, bacon, delicious pastries and much, much more.
Organised by Julia, our fundraising Trustee, an amazing £471.70 was raised towards our End of Life Care Project to support the carers of people with a life limiting illness.
CROSSROADS CARE WOKINGHAM VIDEOS
Our two videos ‘Help for unpaid carers‘ and ‘Me Time’ are a fantastic introduction to our services. They show the dedicated work of our Carer Support Workers and how having a Me Time break can help to relieve the strains of your everyday caring role.
THANK YOU ALL
For news of Woodley Flower Club, Wokingham Choral Society, Wokingham 41 Club, Rotary Club of Wokingham and Sand Martins Golf Club who, over the last few months, have been so kind in donating funds to continue our essential work providing respite to local carers please see our Current Supporters page.