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?