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The survey is the UK’s most comprehensive research into the lives and experience of carers and many professionals who work with carers find the results provide a useful evidence base for their work locally.

Carers UK use evidence from their survey to push carers up the agenda for policy makers and to campaign for recognition and change across the UK.

If you’d like to take part see State of Caring 2019 survey

The closing date is 24 May 2019



….and lessening its impact for those who care

As we get older, we fear dementia more than any other disorder.  Until there is a cure, the future may look hopeless for those who are already living with it.  But if we are prepared to think in a different way, we can make a real difference to them.

Want to find out more?  Please come along to one of the free presentations by Shirley Pearce, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, on:

  • Monday 20th May, 7.30pm – St Mary’s Church Centre, Stations Road, Twyford RG10 9NT.  To book call: 0118 934 4792.
  • Wednesday 22nd May, 3pm – Emma’s Kitchen, Apsley House, 27-29 London Road, Twyford RG10 9EH.  To book call: 07743 501 149.
  • Friday 24th May, 2.30pm – Woodley Baptist Church, Hurricane Way, Woodley RG5 4UX.  To book call: 07743 501 149.




DON’T MISS OUT ON CARERS WEEK – 10th to 16th June

Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring. Its impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.

                                    This year the am is to get carers connected to the advice and support they need.

                                     Wokingham Outreach Carers Service has arranged a number of activities you might like to get involved in.

                                     See here.



Twyford & District

For the over 60’s for tea/coffee, cake & activities all for just £3

Staring Thursday 16th May, 2pm-4pm
At: The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close Twyford RG10 9RP

Then meeting on alternate Thursday’s.

For more information please ring Debs on Tel:  0118 934 4040

Annual membership fee £25





An estimated 98,000 people in Berkshire are family carers and the numbers are set to grow as more people live longer into older age.

Berkshire Community Foundation has launched its Vital Signs Survey 2019. This year it explores issues for people of all ages giving and receiving care, and wider factors that underpin well-being for people in Berkshire.

Don’t miss this chance to have your say on what’s important for you as a carer.

To take the survey go to:

N.B. You can also nominate Crossroads Care Wokingham to win one of the £1,000 charity prizes.




  • There are 1.25 million sandwich carers in the UK. These are people caring for an older relative as well as bringing up a family. 68% (850,743) are women.
  • Sandwich carers’ ages range from 20s to 60s, but those aged 35-44 are the most likely to be carers with 35% being in this age group.

Age UK has published a report containing the harrowing stories of four women who care for a loved one. “A majority of carers are women and many are caring for an older family member as well as children. With little, if any support, from the state many women are struggling to get through each day and are in difficult financial circumstances. Not only that, but they have had to give up their career, leisure, and social life in order to care. These stories are seldom heard but are important because they reveal another side to an inadequate social care system.”

Click here to read Sarah, Rasila, Joyce, and Elaine’s stories





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.