Consider a legacy gift for Crossroads Care Surrey
Being a Carer has untold challenges, if you’ve been there, you know how tough it can be to care for a loved one 24/7. Can you help another Carer to get a break?
With 3 in 5 people caring for a loved one in the course of a lifetime, you may be one of 7 million people caring for a loved one in the UK. If so, please consider leaving a gift in your will or in memory of a loved one to Crossroads Care Surrey so that you can always support the work that we do to give carers a break and ensure that we continue to support carers across Surrey. This work is vital as carers save the UK economy £132 billion every year.
By supporting our work in memory of a loved one or through leaving a small legacy or gift in your will, you will be helping Crossroads Care Surrey to reach more carers who need a respite break in order to continue their caring role.
The generosity of people like you leaving money in their wills enables Crossroads Care Surrey to continue to support local communities. We appreciate that writing a will is a difficult task and can be very complex, and we understand that your will is completely personal to you and so we will always respect your wishes and privacy. As well as this, we of course understand that your family and loved ones will be your priority in writing your will and, therefore, we will ensure that the gift you leave is dealt with respectfully and sensitively.
A legacy gift can come in all shapes and sizes – every small donation can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of a Carer. Your legacy can be any amount, it is completely up to you. You could decide to leave us from £100 to £10,000, from 1% of an estate to 100% or anything left over after other gifts have been made. When writing a will, it is important to discuss matters with a solicitor or financial advisor to ensure that it reflects your exact wishes. If you would like to leave a gift to us in your will, please stipulate that it is to go to: Crossroads Care Surrey and quote our Registered Charity Number: 1125048.
Find out more about Leaving a Legacy or a small gift in your Will
As part of Carers Week 2019 Crossroads Care Adult Clubs are taking on the challenge of this year’s theme of connecting carers by hosting events for Carers at their Adult Clubs across Surrey.
Clubs provide a safe and welcoming place for people with disability and medical conditions which mean they require care – Adult Clubs exist to support the unpaid Carer with a respite break – a chance to spend some time away from a caring role. The respite break is an important break for the unpaid carer, it’s an opportunity to take time out to consider their own health and wellbeing, catch up on rest, do some shopping, enjoy leisure activities, socialise and catch up with friends and relations. A break can mean so much and can also ensure the unpaid carer can continue to care for longer as a result of the valuable time away. The Adult clubs are a great environment for Cared for people, providing a safe, caring and enjoyable environment for a few hours each week, including a hot lunch. Find out more about our Community Adult Clubs
Carers Week 2019 kicked off with Opera in Reigate!
The Reigate Club is held every Monday at The Methodist Church Hall in Reigate High Street and this year members of the club invited their Carer along to a very special afternoon tea following their usual respite break.
It was an opportunity for club members to personally thank their Carers who are often spouses or partners, children or parents – loved ones who support them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Carers were able to enjoy an afternoon tea with other carers, meet volunteers and staff and enjoy the operatic talent of Edita Durrant who also doubles up as a member of the Charity’s Carer Support team.
In total, special afternoon tea events were held at all clubs across Surrey, including Reigate, Worplesdon and Effingham. Carers Week is a very important week for a number of reasons and with 1 in every 4 people not understanding their role as an unpaid carer, it is vital we are able to promote Carers Week. It is a chance for Carers to recognise their role, seek help, information and support in order for them to continue caring.
This year’s theme was about connecting carers together in their own community. The events held by Crossroads Care Surrey provided a place for Carers to meet other Carers, share experiences and find information and advice to support them in their care role.
In addition to the afternoon tea events, the charity also reached out to Carers of Aphasia at local charity Dyscover as well as talking to unpaid Carers who are in employment at BP International in Sunbury.
If you wish to help Crossroads Care Surrey to raise vital awareness for all unpaid Carers across Surrey, why not find out more about getting involved?
As part of Carer’s Week 2019 staff and volunteers at Crossroads Care Surrey have been planting and decorating plant pots to raise awareness of the plight of ‘the hidden unpaid carer’ – local unsung heroes who continue to care for loved ones who have a disability or medical condition which means they are not able to look after themselves. Each plant pot represents 1 of 115,000 unpaid carers in Surrey (figures courtesy of 2011 Census)
3 in every 5 people will care for a loved one in a lifetime. As the population continues to grow and as people are living for longer, social care is becoming an enormous financial burden for both national and local government to fund.
We are currently providing Care for more than 900 families so unpaid Carers can access a regular respite break. This break is vital to ensure the Carer is able to maintain their physical health and wellbeing in order to be able to continue caring.
This Carers Week is all about making good connections for carers in their own community. Help us to get #CarersConnected in #Surrey by getting involved. Plant and decorate your own plant pot or please give a small one-off or regular donation to support Carers Week.
If you do plant & decorate a plant pot – please share your pictures with us via our social media platforms
Every year, Volunteer’s Week runs from 1-7 June and this special week is a chance for us to celebrate our volunteers and say thanks for working with Crossroads Care Surrey.
Our volunteers provide a vital service in our community and support paid Carer Support workers in our adult clubs across Surrey. They play an active role in providing support to the many people we look after who have disabilities and medical conditions which mean they require care support. Our volunteers can help with companionship, activities including games or art projects, preparing and serving meals and generally helping with ad-hoc tasks.
We give thanks
Thanks to all who support our work to give unpaid Carers a regular respite break. The volunteers who commit to helping in our clubs allow for many unpaid Carers who are waiting to access regular respite support can get help more quickly through our community based clubs for adult and children with disabilities and medical conditions. Up to 5 hours of respite for unpaid Carers is available and affordable because our clubs are supported by both volunteers and grant making organisations.
Could you volunteer?
In addition to working directly with Carers and their loved ones needing care, we are looking to expland our volunteer team – we need volunteer community ambassadors to help us to raise awareness of our work in the community and help us to fundraise or attend community events. We want to recruit volunteers who are happy to talk to local groups and sports associations, schools, the church community and local business about our work encouraging them to be actively involved in our work.
We’re also always on the look out for volunteers with specific skills who may be able to support the charity office function. Do you have a few hours to spare each week to help support our marketing team? The role is varied including research, content development for social media posts, writing copy and generally helping to raise awareness of our work.
What is Carers Week 2019 all about?
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families.
The campaign is brought to life by communities throughout the UK. It also helps to raise awareness as people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities may identify as carers as a result and be able to access much-needed support. Thousands of individuals and organisations will come together during the week to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.
We at Crossroads Care Surrey pride ourselves as being front line support for all Carers in Surrey who may need our help. We are already working with more than 1600 Carers in and around Surrey communities by taking over a caring responsibility to enable Carers to take that much needed respite break.
This year, Carers Week 2019 is themed around Carers Connected – it’s all about trying to get Carers support in their local area. There are 7 million people in the UK who are carers. They will be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.
As part of this year’s Carers Week we are planning special activities for both Carers and Cared for in and around the communities where our Adult Clubs are based. Clubs are based in Farleigh, Reigate, Effingham and Worplesdon. Our clubs exist to enable unpaid Carers to have a respite break. Our clubs are staffed by trained professionals who take over a caring role for a period of 5 hours each week – why not find out about our Clubs.
During Carers Week, we want to hear from Carers in the community and we are asking all Carers across Surrey to connect with us by sending or uploading a picture of yourself with the person you care for; letting us know both what you love doing together. In addition, we would love to find out more about how Carers enjoy their respite time – let us know how you look after yourself when you have time away from your caring role. Look out for our social media posts and get involved with the hashtag #CarersConnectedSurrey
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Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring. Its impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.
The Carers Week website is full of helpful information if you or someone you know is a Carer about caring – what a Carer is and how caring might affect your life
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.