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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.



TSB Stevenage continues valuable support for Day Centre

TSB Stevenage has supported the Crossroads Day Centre for a year supplying refreshments, treats & other items to help us offer subsidised places for Stevenage residents living with dementia.

Crossroads Care Day Centre in Roebuck Stevenage provides places for local people with dementia enabling their full time carers to have a break. The £1200 donation will help the team to continue working innovatively with clients.

TSB Stevenage Branch Manager Ken Gribbin said: “We are really pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile local cause”.

Violet Masters Crossroads Area Manager said: “We are currently raising funds for new technologies to provide relaxation and stimulation to add to the range of facilities we have at the centre. TSB has been very supportive in the last year and we look forward to inviting them and other supporters to see the facility installed hopefully before Christmas this year”

R-L Ken Gribbin Branch Manager, Nick Mewes, Victoria Cook, Lynn Kershaw

R-L Ken Gribbin TSB Branch Manager, Nick Mewes, Victoria Cook, Violet Masters, Lynn Kershaw

Contact Tracy 01438 745717

Thank you to Waitrose in Harpenden

Waitrose Harpenden, as part of the September Community Matters Green Token Boxes, featured Crossroads Care as one of their chosen local charities. Kerri the Duty Manager said ‘we are delighted to inform you that Crossroads was our lead charity this month with a total of £440’.

By placing a token in the Community Matters box at your local branch you’re helping your community. Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated £14 million to local charities chosen by you.

At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in Convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that you choose.

Online, also shares a donation of £25,000 between 3 national causes. After checkout, you will be asked to vote for one of the national causes we are supporting. Each cause will receive a share according to the number of votes – just as we do in our branches.


A BIG Thank You to Stevenage Carers Cafe

We want to extend a BIG Thank You to the members, Staff and Volunteers of the Stevenage Carers Cafe.

They recently held a raffle which raised £69.50 for Crossroads Care and we would like to express our appreciation for their generosity and support of Crossroads Care.  Thank you from all of us.

A Huge Thank You


Crossroads Care would like to say a big Thank You to Stevenage Walking Festival for raising £1072.68 at this years annual Walking Festival.

This is the fourth annual Stevenage Walking Festival, and this year the Festival formed part of the May 2016 Hertfordshire Walking Festival.  Walkers and ramblers could choose a different level of walk every day of the week, all centered on the local area.

Stevenage Walking Festival have kindly chosen Crossroads Care as their charity of the year for the second year and Crossroads Care joined Stevenage Walkers for their Monday morning stroll around Fairlands Valley Park.

Pictured in the photograph above are Harold and Carol Stokes presenting the cheque to Crossroads Care CEO, Michael Farrell.