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Crossroads celebrates a year of working together with 10 charities and High Sheriff

On the evening of Thursday 8th March 2018 we were delighted to have attended the 23rd Annual Awards event hosted by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Will Hobhouse.

The High Sheriff chose Volunteering as his theme for the year and wished to celebrate the many contributions volunteers make across the county by hosting this recognition and awards ceremony.

In 2016, 18 applications to participate in the inaugural Building Effectiveness 2017 programme were submitted. The 10 successful participants including Crossroads, were also recognised during this event.

Michael Farrell, CEO of Crossroads Hertfordshire North said “We were thrilled to have been invited and it has been a great opportunity to give and get feedback about the many ways volunteering in the community has a profound and positive impact.”

Video screened at the awards ceremony
To find out more about the Building Effectiveness programme and other training opportunities please visit www.hcftraining.org.uk  

The event was hosted at The Great Barn at Micklefield Hall and was attended by Hertfordshire County Council Hertfordshire Community Foundation, The Lord Lieutenancy and Shrievalty, and previous High Sheriffs among volunteers and nominees.

We would like to congratulate all nominees and award winners for their well earned recognition.

 

 


Welcome to Crossroads Breakaway Volunteering Service

Crossroads Care HN are thrilled to welcome the volunteers and clients of the breakaway service which has been providing volunteering befriending & support to Carers in West Hertfordshire for over 20 years.

Michael Farrell the Crossroads CEO said: “We are very excited to have an opportunity to add more services to support carers. Many people do not have access to funding for a carers break & many people want to make a difference to their neighbourhoods. This is a great way of supporting people to come together.

If you are interested in volunteering to help carers or if you think you could benefit from extra voluntary help & support, or if you would just like to know more  please contact us on info@crossroadshn.org.uk or call us on 01462 455 578.

At the present time this service is operating in: Dacorum, St Albans, Watford & Harpenden, watch this space!

https://preview.tinyurl.com/yazrmw82

 

 

 


Radio Dacorum Advertising

This week, Jess (HR Assistant) & Vanessa (Project Co-ordinator, Helping You Care Scheme) were interviewed by Radio Dacorum in the West to promote us in the area, particularly for recruitment. It’s an entertaining interview, they did a great job at presenting Crossroads, especially considering it was live.

We also made a recruitment advert to be aired on the radio station. Yusuf and Sandy (two of our West Support Workers) were the voices for it and sound brilliant. This will be aired at regular intervals throughout the year.

To listen to the interview go to https://www.mixcloud.com/radiodacorum/crossroads-care-interview-with-matt-hatton-on-radio-dacorum/

To listen to the advert click play below.


Carers Week: Building Carer Friendly Communities

Carers Week 2017 is a national awareness week that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by people who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Across Hertfordshire 109,000 people look after someone who cannot manage without help saving the local economy £2.1 billion per year.

Caring can be a rewarding experience but without the right support many carers find themselves facing financial hardship, ill-health, emotional stress, relationship breakdown and isolation.

Heléna Herklots CBE, on behalf of Carers Week, said:
“Carers Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the vital contribution carers make to our families, communities and wider society. We know that caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also have a huge impact on a carer’s emotional and physical health, work and finances.
Carers have told us that it makes a huge difference to their lives when they are supported by their local services and communities; building Carer Friendly communities, whether that’s offering a flexible GP appointment, having flexible working policies or raising awareness in schools of caring, can make a positive difference.”

The Crossroads team will be holding and attending events throughout Carers Week. Anyone looking to find out about help available can drop in to see our team at the following public events:

Date Event Details
Saturday 10th Afternoon Tea at the Queens

(Advance booking required)

15.00 – 17.00 Methodist Church, Queens Road, Royston
Monday 12th Community support – Let’s get connected  10.00 – 14.00  OA Sport, Woollam Playing Fields, 160 Harpenden Road, St Albans AL3  6BB
Monday 12th Stevenage Carers Cafe – Cake & Music 10.00 – 12.00 React Centre, Roundmead, Poplars, Stevenage SG2 9PQ
Tuesday 13th Henny’s Day –Information & mini makeovers 10.00 – 16.00 Town Centre Stevenage (Outside Boots)

10am-1pm mini makeovers

Tuesday 13th Open House & Cake Sale 14.00 – 16.00 Crossroads Respite Centre, 1a Broad Oak Way, Stevenage SG2 8QL
Tuesday 13th Hoddesdon Carers Cafe 10.00 -12.00 Nonna’s Kitchen, Hoddesdon, EN11 8HF
Wednesday 14th Drop In Event 11.00 – 13.30 Town Hall Hitchin SG5 1JE
Wednesday 14th Tea in the Orchard 14.00 – 16.00 Growing People, Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Rd, SG6 3NA
Friday 16th Carers Week Event 10.00 – 16.00 Lister Hospital Stevenage
Saturday 17th Sherma’s Walk 4 Carers 11.00 – 16.30 Fairlands Valley Park, Six Hills Way Stevenage, SG2 0BL

Sherma’s Walk 4 Carers

Stevenage Carers’ Café members, fellow Carers and supporters will be undertaking a relay walk in honour of the late Cllr Sherma Batson who fought long and hard to support family and friend Carers.

The sponsored relay walk will take place on Saturday 17th June as part of this year’s Carers Week, an annual campaign to recognise the vital role carers play. Crossroads Care pledges to continue it’s work with partners to build carer friendly communities.

Everyone is welcome to join in this event and show their support whilst fundraising for the development of the Crossroads Respite Centre in Roebuck, Stevenage where Sherma was a Borough Councillor.

Sign up for 2 laps of the lakes in 1 hour

Participants are requested to register in advance by contacting Norman Phillips:

norman.phillips2511@gmail.com or call 07884 336012

Please state your preferred time slot so we can make it an enjoyable day for everyone

We hope you can join us!