With Easter weekend nearly upon us, we thought it a good time to remind people of a very stark fact.
3 in every 5 people will care for a loved one in a lifetime.
Unpaid Carers are a hidden workforce. Research shows we often do not consider ourselves as Carers as we simply do the role because we love, care and support our family and friends. The role of an unpaid Carer is best described as caring for someone with a disability, condition or complex need without pay. If you know of an unpaid Carer, please let them know they should talk to their GP and register as an unpaid Carer. Healthcare professionals can support carers better if they know about your circumstance, giving you helpful advice and support to ensure you stay both physically and emotionally well for the person you are caring for, often a loved one. Often, healthcare professionals will also refer into our weekly respite break service, but you can also self refer. Find out more about Crossroads Care Surrey services at:
Some Carers, particularly younger Carers are affected by stigma associated with their care role often not opening up and discussing their care role with relatives, friends or healthcare professionals for fear of separation, guilt, pride or other reasons.
If you’re doing something with your family this Easter weekend, whether it be decorating eggs, participating in a community event like an Easter Egg Hunt or simply enjoying your Easter Sunday lunch and chocolate eggs – please spare a thought for all unpaid Carers who may not be able to simply get out of the house because of their care role.
Rotary Club of Banstead announce Charity Walk – 5 May at Epsom Downs
The Rotary Club of Banstead have invited Crossroads Care Surrey to join in the fun at their annual charity walk in support of some great local causes. The walk will take place on 5th May 2019 and you will walk 8 miles across the beautiful North Downs starting and finishing at Tattenham Corner, on the Epsom Downs. The event organiser is Banstead Rotary and you can sign up at Banstead Walk. Please note that if you express your wish to raise funds for Crossroads Care Surrey, you must complete a form outlining that you would like the maximum amount (75%) of your fundraising to go towards Carers in Surrey – Crossroads Care Surrey.
The Rotary Club of Guildford have invited Crossroads Care Surrey to join in the fun at their annual charity walk in support of some great local causes. The walk will take place on 19th May 2019 and you can sign up to either a 5km or 10km circular route starting and finishing at Shalford Park. The joy of this event is anyone can take part and it’s all about an enjoyable day with friends raising money to support such wonderful causes in communities near you.
We want you to #WalkWithUs to Support Carers in Surrey
This year, we aim to raise more ££’s than ever before to support Carers in Surrey and we want you to #WalkWithUs and be part of something special. After all, 3 in every 5 of us will become a Carer in a lifetime – one day, it could be you. Please consider our walking challenges in May to support a Carer to get the help they so deserve.
We will support you with your fundraising. From helping you with stories and information about our work to post on your Virgin Money Giving blog to sharing your fundraising success through our social media platforms. We’ll also throw in a t-shirt too!
What you need to do to Join in the fun
If you wish to attend the Banstead walking event on 5th May:
- Sign up on their website via the link – Banstead Walk and follow their guidelines and instructions for the day.
- Sign their form to express your wish to support the work of Crossroads Care Surrey.
- Let Jen Sanderson, our Marketing & Fundraising Officer know so she can provide you with a t-shirt and other resources to support your fundraising. Contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01372 869 987.
If you wish to attend the Guildford Rotary walking even on 19th May:
- Download the route map and sponsor form from Rotary Club of Guildford
- Contact Jen Sanderson, our Marketing & Fundraising officer to let her know you’re joining our team to #Walkwithus – email@example.com or 01372 869 987.
- Jen can help you with setting up your Virgin Money Giving page and provide you with a t-shirt and resources to support your fundraising. Find out more about volunteer fundraising from our Community page
- If you have a dog, they’ll be welcome too – what’s stopping you?
#Walkwithus #SupportCarersinSurrey to have a break.
Elmbridge Road Runners wanted to do something amazing for the community in and around where they run. They decided to take on a fundraising challenge supporting our children’s club which is based in Walton-on-Thames raising a whopping £1,500. The Saturday Club is for children with disabilities and complex needs providing an opportunity to enjoy space and freedom away from home which is fun and educational – a chance to meet new friends and take part in their community. The children’s club benefits their Carers too, families have space and time outside their caring role to have a much needed break. The Club employs trained playworkers and is regulated by Ofsted.
Many thanks to everyone at Elmbridge Road Runners – you really are a terrific team of fundraisers!
Bethany Down, is a Care Coordinator at Crossroads Care for the West Surrey region. As part of her role, she works with a team of Carer Support workers who work directly with the people we help in communities across Surrey. Everyday, Beth and her colleagues do their very best to support as many Carers and their loved ones as resources will allow. Many Carers we offer respite support to are giving Care for people with disabilities and complex needs; dementia and autism together account for 49% of those we help. Bethany is passionate about her work and has decided to take on a fundraising challenge to help Crossroads Care Surrey to reach more people who a desperate for a respite break. Bethany will embark on a five day trekking adventure in stunning Southern Iceland, leaving mid-March. The adventure starts at Keflavik and finishes in the Geothermal Valleys. From beautiful mountain scenery, streams and waterfalls – Iceland has it all! There will be snow underfoot, so Bethany will be challenged for sure. She will stay in a hut, miles from the nearest big town and the dark skies will hopefully allow for her to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
Please wish Bethany all the very best – she is a star fundraiser! If you wish to support Bethany’s Winter Trek, you can donate to her Virgin Money Giving page at Beth’s Winter Trek
The Diocese of Guildford would like to invite you to Guildford Cathedral, for Afternoon Tea and a dedicated Evensong, to give thanks to all carers in Surrey & North East Hampshire. Date Thursday 12th October 2017.
Crossroads Care Surrey is delighted to have been adopted by Waitrose’s branch in Goldsworth Park, Woking as part of their Community Matter Scheme during the month of July.
Everyone who shops in the branch during July will have the opportunity to help raise funds for us by placing a green token in the collecting point at the front of the store. The more tokens collected during the month means a greater percentage share of the £1000 that the branch donates to charity each month.
With your help Crossroads Care Surrey will be able to assist those is the Surbiton area who care for a family member, neighbour or friend in need who due to illness, disability or a mental health problem who couldn’t cope without their support.