Carers UK – July 2017
Carers are reaching ‘breaking point’ as they struggle to take even a day away from care responsibilities for years at a time. The Carers UK ‘State of Caring 2017′ report has found. 4 in 10 (40%) of unpaid carers have not had a break in over one year, whilst one in four (25%) had not received a single day away from caring in five years.
It found that carers most frequently listed access to breaks as one of three factors which could make a difference in their lives. Yet few can take regular breaks, with only 16% of carers currently buying or receiving a break from caring in the form of services such as respite or alternative care provisions.
Carers who had not had a break in a year or more reported a deterioration in their health, both mentally (73%) and physically (65%).
Carers named a number of barriers preventing them from taking a break:
- Cost - Paying for or contributing towards the cost of a break (31%)
- Care concerns – Person cared for is unwilling to accept support from others (31%),
- support not on offer (27%), or
- low confidence in quality of care (19%)
- Lack of awareness – Carers would not know how to request a break (16%)
For more on this important research see Carers UK State of Caring 2017.
Please call Crossroads on 0118 979 5234 if you would like to know how we can help you to take a much needed break.
Age UK Guides for Carers
Caring for someone can be really rewarding, but it can also be tiring and stressful. If you are a carer the following information from Age UK provides practical support and advice to help. You can order free printed copies of any of this information by calling Age UK Advice on 0800 169 6565 or by emailing email@example.com.
Advice for Carers
Read these tips to find out what benefits are available to claim, how to request flexible working hours, how to organise respite care and much more. Read the guide >
Adapting your home
Information and ideas about how to adapt your home to enable you, or the person you care for, to live safely and independently. Read the guide >
Caring for someone with dementia
If you know someone who is caring for someone with dementia, read this information to know what to expect as the illness progresses and where to turn to for help. Read the guide >
New Carers Forum in Wokingham
Do you live in Wokingham Borough and care on an unpaid basis for someone who would not be able to manage daily life without your support?
If so you are warmly welcome to attend the new Carers Forum and have your say about services and support in the local area and influence changes where needed. Dates of meetings:
- Friday 18th August 10-12pm
- Tuesday 3rd October 10-12pm
- Friday 17th November 10-12pm
- Tuesday 9th January 10-12pm
- Friday 16th February 10-12pm
- Friday 6th April 10-12pm
Venue : Meeting Room, Wokingham, Fire Station, Easthampstead Road, RG40 2EH. There is parking right next to the fire station.
If you’d like to attend or for more information please contact Wokingham Outreach Carers Service on 0118 324 7333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
According to a new online public poll published on 12th June for the start of Carers Week 74% of the UK public feel carers are not sufficiently valued by society for the support they provide. This figure rises to 83% of those who have previous experience of caring themselves.
The numbers of unpaid carers is rising faster than the general population. Each day, 6000 people take on a caring role but the poll showed that many people are unaware how likely it is they would take on a caring role and would be unprepared if they did become a carer.
One in five people aged 50-64 are carers yet half of those who are not currently carers (50%) thought it unlikely they would ever become a carer.
For people who have never had experience of caring their top three concerns are i) affordability of care and the impact on their finances, ii) coping with the stress of caring (43%) and iii) they would worry they didn’t have the skills or experience to become a carer.
The online YouGov poll was conducted on behalf of eight major charities who are calling on the new UK Government and society to do more to recognise the important contribution that unpaid carers make and support them to care.
To find out more see: RESEARCH REPORT
easyfundraising – is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online, from your weekly shop, car insurance, mobile phone to your annual holiday, you can be collecting free donations for Crossroads Care Wokingham?
There are over 3,000 shops linked up to easyfundraising, this includes Amazon, John Lewis, Waitrose, Debenhams, Aviva, thetrainline, ebay, Clarks, Aviva, 02 and Sainsbury’s. Depending on the shop/store a percentage of what you have spent (e.g. Clarks – up to 5%, Waitrose – up to £2.50, Expedia – up to 6%, Amazon – up to 1.5%) will be donated to enable us to offer more respite breaks to local carers.
How to do it
- Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/crossroadscarewokingham and register your account. If you have a smart phone or a tablet then download the FREE easyfundraising app from the App Store or Google Play Store and follow the instructions on screen.
- YOU will need to remember every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising using that link first to find the website you want and start shopping.
- After you’ve checked out from your purchase, the retailer will make a donation to Crossroads for no extra cost whatsoever.
For a 60 second beginners guide on how easyfundraising works see: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/raise-more/videos/
Crossroads selected for Co-op Local Community Fund
We’re thrilled to let you know that the Crossroads Care Wokingham “Memory Lane” project has been chosen for the current round of the Co-op Local Community Fund.
We have asked for help to provide our support workers with reminiscence based aids and prompts for people with dementia. These will be used to share memories, recapture the emotions and feelings attached to those memories, improve communication and enable people with dementia to have fun.
How does it work?
Between 9 April to 7 October 2017, for all Co-op members:
- 1% of everything you spend on Co-op products and services goes into your membership account
- You can then choose (by logging onto your membership account or calling the membership contact centre) to give your 1% to one of three causes in your community, or any of the 4,500 causes identified across the UK
- You can change your mind at any time. If you don’t choose at all your 1% will be split between the three causes equally.
Money from the sale of 5p Co-op carrier bags and their reusable bag range will also be used to ‘top up’ the funding for each cause.
To find out more and/or to apply to be a member (which only costs £1) see: www.coop.co.uk/membership
Please don’t forget to choose our Memory Lane project (click here) as ‘your cause’ so that we can help out many more carers in need!
Free workshops for Adult & Parent Carers in Wokingham Borough
More about fun events arranged by the Carers Hub in 2017-18 for local carers. See here.