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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!

 


Summer Ceilidh to dance in Carers Week

Join us at a Summer Ceilidh to start Carers Week off with a twirl and enjoy music from the Cyriacs whilst trying to send your feet in the right direction!

Ceilidh dancing is a bit like barn dancing, no experience necessary – its all about enjoying yourself!

Saturday 10th June 7.30 – 11pm

Ickleford Village Hall

Tickets are £12.50 and are selling fast and must be purchased in advance as it’s always a sell out.

Please contact Liz Burton 07970 012199

We would like to thank the team of volunteers who are giving up their time to organise this fundraising event and for their ongoing commitment to support family and friends Carers.


Respite Centre gets Garden Rescue

Volunteers from GSK have been getting their hands dirty transforming the garden of the Crossroads Care Respite Centre in Roebuck, Stevenage. GSK’s Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability team used their ‘Orange Day’ to create a cheerful garden for the Centre’s clients to enjoy.

Crossroads Care supports 45 local residents with a long term condition at its Stevenage Respite Centre whilst their family members have a break from their caring role.

Tracy Potts, Respite Centre Supervisor, said: “We really appreciate the support from GSK to help us create an inviting outdoor space for clients and also for donating a bench so that they can enjoy some fresh air. The volunteers were very well organised, they arrived really keen to get on with it and did an absolutely wonderful job. The clients that attend the Centre have already commented on how lovely the garden looks and how fresh and bright it is. There is also an opportunity for our green fingered clients to help with the upkeep of the area, which can be very therapeutic”.

The garden makeover was made possible with plant advice and transport from Seasons Grounds Care and a grant from Stevenage Borough Council’s Local Community budget and is part of a wider modernisation programme for the Respite Centre to ensure that it continues to provide the best support for clients, over 80% of whom have dementia.


Comet Community Award for dementia technology

Comet editor Nick Gill hands over a cheque to Crossroads Care Respite Centre supervisor Tracy Potts and service users (photo: Comet)

Crossroads Care is thrilled to receive support from the Roaring Meg Community Support Award fund towards our Respite Centre in Stevenage.

Chief Executive Michael Farrell said:

“We provide practical, caring, long- term, 1:1 support to hundreds of people with care needs and their carers in this local area. There is a growing awareness of the demands that dementia is making on the 7 million unpaid Carers in the UK.  Last  year we saw a 162% increase in requests for our service.  The centre is supported by Stevenage Borough Council  and provides  great activities, trips and social opportunities for our clients and 8000 hours of breaks every year for full time unpaid carers. “

With the donation we will be providing cutting edge technology to stimulate physical and social activity through playful participation. “During a trial of new equipment one client was swishing the leaves out of the way in time to the music playing in the background, fascinated by the special images”.

This is a great start to a year of fundraising to modernise our respite centre for local people with dementia.


Carers Rights Day

Missing Out? Know your rights as a carer

It’s the annual Carers Rights Day and we are taking part to make sure carers know about the 18 hours of free breaks available to them in Hertfordshire. We are partnering with the East & North Herts NHS Trust, Herts County Council and Carers in Herts to give carers information about support in their area and eligibility to a Carers Assessment.

Today we are speaking to carers at Lister Hospital in Stevenage between 10 – 2pm  & also 6 -8pm  to catch those that work. We also hope to speak to many hospital staff so they can spread the word to any carers they meet.

Carers Rights Day at Lister Hospital

Carers Rights Day at Lister Hospital

There are an estimated 110,000 carers in Hertfordshire and according to NHS England research 84% of carers report that their caring role has a negative impact on their health. We are committed to working with partners to make sure carers know what support is available to them when they need it.