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Carers UK 2         One in four unpaid carers “have not had a day off” in five years

            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 5324 if you would like to know how we can help you to take a much needed break.


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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

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 > 


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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


Survey 2jpgFindings of Carers Week 2017 Survey   Carers Week

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




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.