Crossroads Care Brentwood, Basildon & Districts Launches “Donate 2 Relocate” Appeal
After more than three decades in Hutton, Crossroads Care Brentwood, Basildon & Districts (CCBBD) is relocating its office and meetings space to help and support more people and must urgently raise £2,100 to fund the move.
Since 1984 the charity, which relies on grants and donations to survive, has changed thousands of lives across the Brentwood and Basildon areas, through its support of young carers, children with disabilities and adult family carers that look after a relative at home full-time.
A combination of challenging overheads coupled with the recent expansion into the districts of Rochford and Castle Point have led to the need to move on after 32 “amazing” years in the Brentwood area.
This week the charity launched its “Donate 2 Relocate” appeal, in a bid to raise the funds needed to complete to move.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Brentwood where the community has always been amazingly supportive and we hope they will continue to be so” revealed Jo Fellows, Chief Executive of CCBBD.
“We will continue to serve and help people throughout the Brentwood area, but the time has come for us to move on, we now need to be in a more central location so that we are in a position to help more people across the whole of south Essex.”
As well as continuing to offer support to family carers in Brentwood and Basildon, Crossroads Care has recently been given the opportunity to offer its services in Rochford and Castle Point and intends move to a new headquarters at The Broadway in Wickford.
The total cost of the move is expected to be approximately £25,000 and the charity needs to find an initial £2,100 to pay for removal expenses.
Not only will the new premises mean that more families can be reached through the charity’s carer support services, but the building will be accessible for all carers and cared for people as it will be DDA (Disability Discrimination Act 2005) compliant, unlike the existing office in Tallon Road.
Ms Fellows added: ‘’This accessibility and its just-off-High Street location mean that carers will be able come in and speak to us, they will be able to get advice and guidance first hand and whilst doing so bring the person they care for with them, regardless of age or impairment.
“We need to find this £2,100 urgently to fund the move and any help that businesses or people across the area can give us will go a long way to helping us expand our services to help more people.
“Whilst not often in the headlines, the work that our devoted Crossroads Care team does across large swathes of Essex gives unpaid family carers crucial respite breaks when they need them most, this work is vital.
“Crossroads Care visit homes to care, temporarily, for seriously ill and disabled people, so that their husbands, wives, siblings, partners or relatives can take a break from their duties and enjoy a few moments to themselves.
“Unless you have been or are now a carer, it is very difficult to understand how much this means to those involved and the difference it makes to people living very difficult lives on a daily basis.
“For a few hours at a time they can take back their lives once more, perhaps to enjoy their hobbies, socialise or treat themselves without the draining responsibilities that have been forced upon them by fate.
“These people haven’t chosen to become carers, their loved ones haven’t chosen to become unable to look after themselves.
“Many are living with dementia, others are struggling with life-limiting conditions and they need help, as do the people who look after them full time at home.
“It is a consequence and reality of life that has left one person entirely dependent upon another, day in, day out.”
Crossroads Care also runs an Older People’s Day Centre that supports the cared-for person, whilst enabling the carer to have much needed respite from their caring role.
It also provides after school clubs for children with disabilities and much needed support clubs for young carers aged 11-19, who at such a young age, have assumed the role of ‘head of the household’ alongside their school life.
On June 10, the charity will be holding a Cream Tea & Bake Sale at their new premises from 10am-2pm to raise funds and celebrate Carers Week 2016 (June 6-10), all members of the public are invited to attend.
To make a difference to the lives of people across South Essex, please support the Crossroads Care “Donate 2 Relocate” appeal by texting CBBD05 then either £2 or £5 or £10 or £20 or £50 to 70070.
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