STATE OF CARING REPORT 2019
The report is based on Carers UK’s State of Caring survey which show the huge personal and financial cost of caring unpaid for a loved one.
“On top of providing tens of hours of care every week for family members or friends, more than two thirds (68%) of carers are using their own income or savings to cover the cost of care, equipment or products for the person they care for. As a result, many are struggling financially and are unable to save for their own retirement.
Two in five carers (39%) say they are struggling to make ends meet and more than half (53%) of all carers are unable to save for retirement.”
Read the full report here: carersuk.org/stateofcaring-report
NEW CARER EXERCISE CLASS
Strength, balance & stamina exercise class, held at 2pm every Thursday
Lodden Valley Leisure Centre, Rushey Way, Earley, RG6 4GD
For more information contact HeidiZymela@pfpleisure.org on 0118 9312 066.
NEW AGE CONCERN GOLDEN YEARS CLUB
For the over 60’s for tea/coffee, cake & activities all for just £3
Starting 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
VITAL SIGNS SURVEY 2019
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: http://www.berkshirecf.org/vital-signs-survey
N.B. You can also nominate Crossroads Care Wokingham to win one of the £1,000 charity prizes.
BREAKING POINT – Age UK
- 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.”
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.