NEW WOKINGHAM CARERS DROP-IN
The first session of the new Wokingham Outreach Carers Service will take place on:
Tuesday 11th December between 10am to 12pm.
at The Bradbury Centre, Rose Street, Wokingham RG40 1XS
If you would like to join in, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0118 324 7333.
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 life limiting illness.
Held on Wednesday November 7th, 2018. National Stress Awareness Day is run by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA).
The aim of the day is to raise awareness, publicity and profile of stress and its impact, and reduce stigma while promoting the importance of well-being and stress reduction for individuals and organisations. This years theme is ‘Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress?’ looking at the negatives and positives of the lifestyle that life with computers and the internet have brought.
Their web page on National Stress Awareness Day is available here for more information: https://isma.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-day
Age UK has focused on further understanding loneliness among people aged 50 and over and has found that, if we don’t tackle loneliness, by 2026 there will be 2 million people over 50 in England who will often feel lonely. This will have a dramatic impact on their well-being and the quality of their lives.
People, and this includes many carers, are:
- 5.5 times more likely to be often lonely if they don’t have someone to open up to when they need to talk
- 2.6 times more likely to be often lonely if they have family circumstances that prevent them doing the things they want to do.
Find out more here.
LATEST CROSSROADS UPDATE
To see what we’ve been up to over the last couple of months and find out what’s happening locally for carers.
Click on Summer Update
CarerSmart is a discount club for carers, people with care needs and staff and volunteers across the Carers Trust network.
CarerSmart members’ only cinema discounts are back and they’re better than ever– still with up to 40% off, and now including Odeon theatres as well as Cineworld, Showcase, Vue and many others. This summer will see some highly anticipated releases including Incredibles 2, Mama Mia: Here We Go Again and Mission Impossible: Fallout. So, book your tickets now and arrange some weather-proof days out that everyone can enjoy*.
*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Discounts vary between cinema venues. Please check when purchasing vouchers. Registration to The Cinema Society is required to access discount.
CarerSmart is managed and run on behalf of Carers Trust by Parliament Hill Ltd.
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 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.