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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.

 

Crossroads Care Surrey relaunch their Guildford Dementia Care Café

Crossroads Care Surrey, the leading provider of respite breaks to unpaid Carers in Surrey, is delighted to announce the relaunch of their Guildford Dementia Care Café. Crossroads Care Surrey’s Care Café chose the The Worplesdon and Burpham Cricket Club as it’s a light, bright and uplifting venue. It complements the new ethos of the Cafe which now has a Dementia Champion/ Trainer as its new Team Leader. There will be an educational focus so both the Carer and the cared for will have more of an understanding of how to maintain their wellbeing whilst living with Dementia.

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Photo caption: Lucia and Stephen D’Auria, Guildford Dementia Care Café clients.

The Café is for anyone who has any form of cognitive impairment including Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, Stroke, head injury and early onset Dementia. Carers are invited to come along with the person with care needs between 12 – 2 pm on the 2nd Friday of every month. They will be asked for a donation of £5 per person (£10 per couple) which also includes a buffet lunch.

The official relaunch of the Care Café will take place on the 9th October, Crossroads Care Surrey are inviting Carers, the people for whom they care for and the local community to join them to celebrate the relaunch of their community based service.

Sheila Hargreave, Surrey Adult Clubs & Volunteer Co-ordinator, Crossroads Care Surrey, said “We are very excited about the relaunch of our Guildford Dementia Care Café. Our new venue provides a welcoming and inspiring environment where Carers and their loved ones can enjoy the company of people in similar situations, share their experiences and receive the support they deserve.” If you are a Carer who would be interested in attending please contact Sheila Hargreave on 07783018391.

Crossroads Care Surrey currently runs 14 Adults Social Clubs across Surrey, for adults with varying disabilities including dementia. All Clubs are available at a low cost to give Carers an extended, affordable break of up to 5 hours. They create a safe and welcoming environment where the person they care for can meet other people in a relaxed, social setting and enjoy meaningful activities which are specially tailored to each individual’s preferences. Attending a Club can help improve physical, mental and emotional well-being and reduce the sense of isolation that many feel.For more information or to book to attend a Club please contact Sheila Hargreave, email sheila.hargreave@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk or call 07783 018391.

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside…

Crossroads Care Surrey celebrated the launch of their new Adult Social Club in Chobham in the sunshine with the theme of the afternoon being “bringing the seaside to the Club”.

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Photo caption: Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Joanne Potter; Crossroads Club members and staff.

Crossroads Care Surrey, the leading provider of respite breaks to unpaid Carers in Surrey, celebrated the launch of their new Adult Social Club on Saturday 8th August at the Chobham Parish Pavilion, Chobham. Councillor Joanne Potter, 43rdMayor of Surrey Heath attended the afternoon to show her support and officially open the new community based service.

Sheila Hargreave, Surrey Adult Clubs & Volunteer Co-ordinator, Crossroads Care Surrey, said “We had a fantastic time celebrating the launch of our Chobham Club which is located at the Chobham Parish Pavilion. We are very excited to open our new Club which, in keeping with Crossroads Care Surrey’s philosophy, provides a safe, stimulating, social setting for Adults with care needs. It will give Carers the opportunity to have a 4 hour extended respite break on a Saturday whilst their loved one enjoys a fun, stimulating social event.

The seaside theme was adopted for the Club’s launch as one of the approaches we take in our Clubs is to stimulate memories. We encourage our clients to reflect back on the good times they have shared with their family and friends and think back to summer holidays they enjoyed spent on the beach. We then keep those lovely experiences alive.”

Crossroads Care Surrey currently runs 14 Adults Social Clubs across Surrey, for adults with varying disabilities including dementia. The Chobham Club is held every Saturday 11am – 3pm at the Chobham Parish Pavilion. All Clubs are available at a low cost to give Carers an extended, affordable break of up to 5 hours. They create a safe and welcoming environment where the person they care for can meet other people in a relaxed, social setting and enjoy meaningful activities which are specially tailored to each individual’s preferences. Attending a Club can help improve physical, mental and emotional well-being and reduce the sense of isolation that many feel.For more information or to book to attend a Club please contact Sheila Hargreave, email sheila.hargreave@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk or call 07783 018391.

Mayor of Surrey Heath to launch Crossroads Care Surrey’s new Adult Club

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Photo Caption: Councillor Joanne Potter, 43rd Mayor of Surrey Heath

Crossroads Care Surrey, the leading provider of respite breaks to unpaid Carers in Surrey, is delighted to announce the launch of their Chobham Saturday Club at the Chobham Parish Pavilion, Chobham. Councillor Joanne Potter, 43rd Mayor of Surrey Heath will open the Club on Saturday, 8th August at 2 pm. In keeping with Crossroads Care Surrey’s philosophy of providing a safe, stimulating, social setting the theme of the afternoon will be “bringing the seaside to the Club”. This new community based service will run every Saturday from 11am – 3pm for adults with varying disabilities, general health needs and 1st stage dementia.

Sheila Hargreave, Surrey Adult Clubs & Volunteer Co-ordinator, Crossroads Care Surrey, said “We are very excited about the opening of our new Club for Adults with care needs at the Chobham Parish Pavilion. It will give Carers the opportunity to have an extended respite break on a Saturday whilst their loved one enjoys a fun, stimulating social event. We appreciate how welcoming and supportive members of the local community have been whilst we have been setting up our group, especially Nigel Drury the Community Connector for the Diocese of Guildford and Surrey Heath Borough Council.” If you are a Carer who would be interested in attending please contact Sheila Hargreave on 07783018391.

Crossroads Care Surrey currently runs 14 Adults Social Clubs across Surrey, for adults with varying disabilities including dementia. All Clubs are available at a low cost to give Carers an extended, affordable break of up to 5 hours. They create a safe and welcoming environment where the person they care for can meet other people in a relaxed, social setting and enjoy meaningful activities which are specially tailored to each individual’s preferences. Attending a Club can help improve physical, mental and emotional well-being and reduce the sense of isolation that many feel.For more information or to book to attend a Club please contact Sheila Hargreave, email sheila.hargreave@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk or call 07783 018391.

Crossroads Care Surrey celebrate the launch of new Club at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

Crossroads Care Surrey, the leading provider of respite breaks to unpaid Carers in Surrey, is pleased to announce the launch of their new Adult Social Club at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Crossroads Care Surrey and Phyllis Tuckwell are working in partnership to benefit the local community, providing vital support to Carers in the Farnham area. In celebration of the Club launch, Crossroads Care Surrey held a Carers Tea Party on the 20th June. The Deputy Mayor of Farnham, Councillor John Ward and the Deputy Mayoress of Farnham, Mrs Gillian Ward attended on the day, to officially launch the Club and show their support for the local charities.

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Photo caption:  The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Farnham, with Crossroads Care Surrey staff and Club members.

Sheila Hargreave, Surrey Adult Clubs & Volunteer Co-ordinator, Crossroads Care Surrey, said “We had a fantastic time celebrating the launch of our Farnham Saturday Club and are very excited to work alongside Phyllis Tuckwell. Not only will the Club give Carers the opportunity to have an extended respite break on a Saturday whilst their loved one enjoys a fun, stimulating social event but it helps Phyllis Tuckwell achieve their aim of making the Hospice more accessible to the local community. They have a beautiful venue and we very much appreciate how welcoming and supportive they have been whilst we have been setting up our group.”

Clodagh Sowton, Director of Patient Services at Phyllis Tuckwell said “We are delighted that Crossroads are using our new Dove Lounge. Our plan has always been to allow other care organisations to use our comfortable and spacious new facilities. The launch event was a great success and has even prompted some Carers to form their own small support group who meet in our coffee lounge.”

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Photo Caption: Val Levy, Marketing & Fundraising Manager, Crossroads Care Surrey; Clodagh Sowton, Director of Patient Services, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice; Marco and Savannah, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

The Club launch was Crossroads Care Surrey’s final Carers Week celebration and featured the finale of their Great Crossroads Bake Off. Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign which took place from 8th – 14th June 2015. Its aim was to improve the lives of Carers and the people for whom they care by raising awareness of the challenges Carers face and the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Winners from previous Bake Offs attended the Club launch to compete to become the Crossroads Star Baker. All guests were invited to taste the cakes and vote for their favourite. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Ward crowned the winning ‘Star Bakers’, Paul Glicker and Imogen Hooker, who were awarded fantastic prizes kindly donated by Guildford Spectrum, Holiday Inn Guildford, Denbies Wine Estate and Lakeland.

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Photo caption: The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Farnham, with Crossroads Care Surrey staff members and the winning Star Bakers, Paul Glicker and Imogen Hooker.

Crossroads Care Surrey currently runs 14 Adults Social Clubs across Surrey, for adults with varying disabilities including dementia. The Farnham Saturday Club is held every Saturday 11am-3pm at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. All Clubs are available at a low cost to give Carers an extended, affordable break of up to 5 hours. They create a safe and welcoming environment where the person they care for can meet other people in a relaxed, social setting and enjoy meaningful activities which are specially tailored to each individual’s preferences. Attending a Club can help improve physical, mental and emotional well-being and reduce the sense of isolation that many feel. For more information or to book to attend a Club please contact Sheila Hargreave, email sheila.hargreave@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk or call 07783 018391.