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Concert Raises over £900 for unpaid Carers

Local choir Soundbytes continued their tradition of raising money for local charities at their recent Summer Concert. Their chosen charity this time was Crossroads Care Surrey (http://www.crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk) They were delighted that the audience gave generously and a total of £900 was collected for this very worthwhile cause. During the concert, Molly Aldrich-Wincer described the charity’s work. It has been providing vital respite breaks to unpaid Carers in the county for over 30 years. Their core purpose is to improve the quality of life of the many unpaid Carers and the people for whom they care and to maintain and improve their physical and mental well-being. They provide good, reliable and professionally trained Carers enabling the unpaid carers to take a break from their responsibilities, with the peace of mind that comes from the knowing that their loved ones are in such  good hands.

“We were delighted to be nominated as the recipient charity at the recent Soundbytes Summer Concert held last Friday 6th July at Manor House School. We would like to thank all the generous donors which resulted in us raising over £900. This money will be used to support more Carers in Surrey. Thanks to all involved.” Christine Cleveland, CEO, Crossroads Care Surrey

The total amount raised at Soundbytes concerts for local charities now stands at just over £21,000.

The Soundbytes concert was held at a new venue for them, at Manor House School in Bookham on Friday 6th July. They performed their usual eclectic mix of music, with songs from Take That, One Direction, Eric Whitacre and Handel among others. After the interval, a candle was lit to commemorate, in this centenary year, those who gave their lives in The Great War Requiem Aeternam (‘Nimrod’) by Elgar and ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story were dedicated to their memory.

“We were delighted to support Crossroads Care Surrey as they do such an important job in our communities across Surrey. We love putting on FREE concerts as this allows our audience to give more to our chosen charities.  The atmosphere of the concert was fabulous, the standard of singing is getting better all the time, showing just how much the choir has improved, the culmination of many rehearsals of working together. The blending and tenderness of the singing, was just totally beautiful, it took my breath away! Soundbytes were joined by The Decibelles, a choir formed from Bookham’s Bluebells WI group and Hazel’s vocal trio group, 3’s A Chord also sang a couple of songs accompanied on piano by Meredith White.” Hazel Hanman

The Decibelles, from Bookham’s Bluebelles WI group also performed at the concert, as did Hazel Hannam, Sue Lampard and Mary Bourne singing as ‘3’s a Chord’, a harmony trio.

Musical accompaniment was provided by Meredith White on piano, David Moses on double bass and Richard Sawle on conga drum.

Soundbytes Musical Director Hazel Hannam said ‘The atmosphere in the hall was fabulous, The standard of singing is getting better all the time, showing just how much the choir has improved, the culmination of many rehearsals of working together. The blending and tenderness of the singing, was just totally beautiful, it took my breath away! ’

 

For more information about Soundbytes see www.HazelHannam.co.uk  01372 278016

For more information about Crossroads Care Surrey and the services they provide, please contact us on 01372 869 970 / enquiries@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk.

Crossroads Care Surrey goes the extra mile to support unpaid Carers

On Sunday 13th May, Crossroads Care Surrey took part in the Guildford Rotary Club’s 10km Sponsored Charity Walk.

Crossroads Care Surrey had a team of 10 who have raised £906.00 so far and are on track to raise £1,000. The route started at Shalford Park, Shalford Road, Guildford.

Molly Aldrich – Wincer, Communications, Fundraising and Projects Graduate, Crossroads Care Surrey, said, ‘I would like to say a huge thank you to all our walkers for taking part and to the Guildford Rotary Club for organising such a brilliant event, which we would highly recommend! The money we raised will allow us to continue to provide vital respite breaks to Carers in the county”.

Crossroads Care Surrey provides respite breaks at home and in the community at their Social Clubs for Adults with varying disabilities including dementia and their children’s Saturday club for children with disabilities and complex health needs. All Clubs are available at a low cost to give Carers an extended, affordable break.

To learn more about the important work that Crossroads Care Surrey does and how to get involved, please visit www.crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk.

Crossroads Care Surrey’s CEO Announced as IOD London & South Director of the Year Awards Finalist 2018

 

Crossroads Care Surrey’s Chief Executive Officer, Christine Cleveland, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Public/Third Sector Director of the Year for the 2018 IoD London & South Director of the Year Awards.  Christine has been the CEO of Crossroads for the last 5 years. Crossroads Care Surrey is a registered charity that provides respite breaks for unpaid Carers within the home and in the community. Their head office is based in Leatherhead, but they provide services across Surrey. Many Carers find themselves caring for family members for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Crossroads Care Surrey offer them a well- deserved break by stepping into the shoes of the Carer taking over their caring role allowing them to spend time with other family members and enabling  them to take part in other meaningful activities of their choice.

 “I am delighted to have been nominated for this award. With the awards ceremony falling in Carers Week (Monday 11th June to Sunday 17th June 2018), it is very fitting to be raising awareness of the important role Carers play in our society. In Surrey alone there are over 115, 000 unpaid Carers.

Crossroads has been supporting Carers in Surrey for over 35 years and I am proud to lead this wonderful charity with a team of exceptional workers and volunteers who offer support to Surrey Carers.”

Christine Cleveland, CEO

 

The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of directors that entered or were nominated across nine different categories.

The expert judging panel will now convene to decide the overall winners to be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 14 June 2018 at the iconic 116 Pall Mall, the home of the Institute of Directors.

Naga Munchetty, journalist and broadcaster will host the ceremony alongside the wonderful Roger Tilling, best known as The Voice of University Challenge.

Alan Fitzwater, IoD Regional Engagement Director said: “After a big change to our categories and criteria, it is inspiring to see such a diverse amount of entries from across the London & South region. Through a thorough and comprehensive judging process, this year’s selected finalists demonstrate exceptional quality across a range of business sectors within and I am looking forward to celebrating their success at this year’s event.”

Visit www.iodawards.com/london-south for a full list of finalists and details on how to attend the event.

The winners from each of the nine categories will be automatically entered into the UK finals of the IoD Director of the Year Awards, providing the finalists with additional exposure and profile on a national stage as the ‘best of the best’ in British business.

The 2018 IoD Director of the Year Awards will take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London, on the 18 October. For further details visit www.iodawards.com

Crossroads Care Surrey Thanks Volunteers with Afternoon Tea

Crossroads Care Surrey – the Surrey based charity that provides respite breaks for unpaid Carers – recently held its inaugural volunteer appreciation afternoon tea.

The afternoon tea, which took place at The Thatcher’s Hotel, was held to thank the Crossroads Care Surrey volunteers who support the Adult and Children’s Clubs. The hotel generously donated the use of the room for free.

“It was a pleasure and privilege to have afternoon tea with some of our volunteers who bring such a lot of life experience, enthusiasm and creativity to our clubs. I am greedily looking forward to meeting more of our volunteers at the next tea! ”

Jenni Pringle, Care Operations Manager.

During the afternoon tea, Crossroads Care Surrey’s CEO, Christine Cleveland, thanked the volunteers for their hard work and contribution to the charity’s important services.

“It was wonderful meeting the volunteers who work at different clubs and I hope to continue to support Crossroads Care Surrey, a great organisation, for many more years” Harriet, Volunteer

The volunteers and staff representatives spent the afternoon enjoying delicious treats whilst sharing their passion for the work that they do and what they bring to club sessions – ranging from cooking skills to Zumba!

“A gathering of volunteers enjoyed a splendid afternoon tea at the Thatchers Hotel. We enjoyed communicating our experiences at our various clubs to which we give our time and life time expertise!” Eunice, Volunteer

“It was nice to meet some of the Management team and put faces to names. It was also great to hear about the charity’s plans going forward!” Barbara, Volunteer

Crossroads Care Surrey provides respite breaks at home and in the community at their Social Clubs for Adults with varying disabilities including dementia and their children’s Saturday club for children with disabilities and complex health needs. All Clubs are available at a low cost to give Carers an extended, affordable break. Going forward the charity is developing new services such as assisted holiday breaks and live in care.

Crossroads is looking to recruit more volunteers for their clubs in Effingham, Worplesden and Reigate. The role involves helping to create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, assisting with activities and games, as well as helping with refreshments. If you would like to learn more about Crossroads Care Surrey or if you are interested in volunteering opportunities with us, please contact Deborah Miles, HR Manager at hr@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk / 01372 869 970 / www.crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk .

 

Crossroads Care Surrey to open new adult social care club in Nutfield on 16th August

Leatherhead based charity Crossroads Care Surrey is delighted to announce the establishment of another of its adult social care clubs in Nutfield, Surrey on 16th August.

The Clubs are run to provide a respite from caring responsibilities for those people who provide unpaid care at home to a family member, relative, friend or neighbour. Clubs run by Crossroads Care Surrey provide not only the Carer time away from their caring responsibilities but it also enables the person they care for time in the company of others, away from their home.

Sheila Hargreave, Adult Club Manager for Crossroads Care Surrey says: ‘Each of our Clubs provides a valuable breathing space for those who care for a loved one at home. We know, from what those that provide unpaid care have told us that the time spent away from their caring responsibilities allows them the space to do those jobs, such as the weekly shop, many of us take for granted.’

Sheila added ‘We run a variety of Social Clubs for Adults with varying physical disabilities including dementia. All of our Club sessions are provided at a low cost to give Carers an extended, affordable break of 4 hours. Our Clubs run at various locations across Surrey and meet on both weekdays and Saturdays and we are delighted to be running a Club in Nutfield.’

Every Crossroads Care Club’s is led by a Team Leader, supported by our highly trained, professional Carer Support Workers and Volunteers. They create a safe, welcoming environment where your loved one can meet other people in a relaxed social setting and can enjoy participating in meaningful activities which are specifically tailored to the individual’s preferences. Attending a Club can help improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of your loved one. It also helps reduce the sense of isolation that they many feel.

For full details of the Clubs run by Crossroads Care Surrey please visit: www.crossroadscaresurrey.co.uk or telephone 01372 869970

Councillor Tony Branagan, Past Mayor of Woking raises over £7,000 for unpaid Carers

Crossroads Care Surrey, the leading provider of respite breaks to unpaid Carers in Surrey, was delighted to receive£7109.00 from Councillor Tony Branagan to support unpaid Carers in the Woking area. Crossroads Care Surrey was chosen as one of the Mayor of Woking’s charities to support during his Mayoral year, 2014/2015, alongside Combat Stress and the Young Carers at Woking High School. Throughout the year numerous events were held to raise awareness and vital funds for the three chosen charities including the Mayor of Woking’s Civic Ball.

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Photo caption: Florence Roff, Marketing Assistant, Crossroads Care Surrey; Val Levy, Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Crossroads Care Surrey; Mary Branagan; Dawn Killner, Carer Support Worker, Crossroads Care Surrey; Janice Worgan, Crossroads Care Surrey Client and Councillor Tony Branagan.

Val Levy, Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Crossroads Care Surrey, said, “We are delighted that Crossroads Care Surrey was chosen as one of the charities that Councillor Tony Branaganchose to support during his term of office. The income raised will allow Crossroads Care Surrey to help support some of the most vulnerable people living within the Woking area. It will enable us to give Carers a respite break which they can enjoy knowing their loved one is in safe hands, being looked after by a highly trained, professional Carer Support Worker. Carers do an invaluable job, working around the clock, often for many years which can take its toll on their health and wellbeing. The respite breaks we provide are vital to improving the quality of life of the Carers and the people for whom they care.”

Councillor Tony Branagan, said, “During my Mayoral year the people we met, the Carers and those in the voluntary sector was overwhelming. We always encountered great compliments for Crossroads Care Surrey and their work. People expressed what a great charity it is and how they help people in the local community.”

To thank Councillor Tony Branagan for his hard work and support of the charity, Crossroads Care Surrey arranged for the Past Mayor of Woking to meet one of their client’s, Janice Worgan to show how the money raised will help enrich people’s lives. Janice, who lives in Woking, suffered from a stroke. She has Crossroads visit her twice a week to allow her husband to continue working. Janice and her Crossroads Carer Support Worker, Dawn Killner get along incredible well and happily told Councillor Tony Branagan all about their ‘weekly adventures’ together. The money raised by Councillor Tony Branagan will help more unpaid Carers in Woking receive vital respite breaks.