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New health and wellbeing service for carers

Herefordshire carers will be given more choice and control over how their care and support needs are met, thanks to a new health and wellbeing service to be launched on 1st October.

Following a review of carers’ services, Herefordshire Council invited organisations, including those who currently provide short breaks for carers, to look at how they could offer a wider range of support through a new health and wellbeing service for carers.  Ideas and proposals were submitted through a tendering process and Herefordshire Council is pleased to announce that the service has been commissioned to Crossroads Care. 

Crossroads Care is a local carers’ charity which, through its not-for-profit care agency, provides support and respite to carers and those they care from across the county.

Louise Herriott, Development Manager at Crossroads Care, said “We are delighted to be working with Herefordshire Council to provide this new service across the county.  We have a busy programme that includes social groups, lunch clubs, concerts and other wellbeing activities that can give carers a complete break from their caring responsibilities.  Additional services will be provided as carers feedback to us what they would like in their area.”

Councillor Patricia Morgan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Herefordshire Council, said: “We value the county’s carers and want to make sure they can choose from a range of activities and support that promote their wellbeing and improve their quality of life.  Crossroads Care offers this broad approach that ranges from providing one to one support, to organising group trips and outings, condition specific support and special interest groups.”

All carers who receive an assessment will be given the option of having a direct payment and organising their own support or of signing up with Crossroads Care who will help them put together a programme of activities to meet their needs.

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