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What’s on offer from CarerSmart?

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.



Wokingham Crossroads Carers Cream Tea

Luck was definitely with us on Thursday 21st June as we enjoyed a cream tea, bathed in sunshine, in the beautiful garden of The Berkshire Care Home in Wokingham.

Our thanks go out to Amanda, Caroline and chef Simon for their help in making it such a wonderful (and restful) day for everyone.



New National Data Opt-out – a guide for carers

Carers Trust have worked with NHS England to inform their guide aimed at carers to help them to understand the new National Data Opt-out. This provides a way for the public to opt-out of their patient information being used by services for reasons other than for care, see here.

You can choose to opt-out online or by calling 0300 303 5678.



AT LAST – Carers Action Plan is released!!

After lengthy ‘Call for Evidence’ consultations in 2016, the Government has finally published the Carers Action Plan.

This details its short-term plans to improve support for carers over the next 2 years.

The equally long-awaited Green Paper on reforming the funding of social care for older people is due in the summer. It is hoped this will address the key issue concerning the shortage of funding, both for social care services and the availability of carers support, including essential respite breaks.




Age UK Carers Guides

Caring for a friend or family member can be extremely rewarding. However, it can be easy for carers to neglect their own needs and they can be unaware of the support available to them.

For Carers’ Week Carers’ Week Age UK has put together some information guides to help carers fulfil their role as carer, both practically and emotionally:

Advice for carers

Caring for someone with dementia

Carer’s Allowance



Crossroads Quiz at Sand Martins Golf Club

Our second fundraising Quiz was held at Sand Martins Golf Club on 20th April.


Thanks to the support of the Club, it’s members and our own friends, family and trustees, a wonderful £610 has been raised towards our End of Life Care Project.  This helps us to provide much needed breaks to local carers looking after someone with a life-limiting illness such as cancer.

Find out more here.





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.

Wokingham 41 Club Presentation


Left to right:

Mike Boyle, Julia Tredwell, Tony Wright (Chairman for the night), Alan Bromage







How The Herbert Protocol can help families of people with Dementia

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced by the 5 Search & Rescue teams of Thames Valley in partnership with Thames Valley Police and other agencies.  It encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Find more details and the forms to register here.



View the 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.