Charity which helps Uttlesford carers to close but support will continue

Crossroads Care

Crossroads Care - Credit: Archant

Crossroads Care East Anglia has announced it will close later this month, but will continue to meet the needs of its Uttlesford clients.

The charity, which covers Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex, supports carers by ensuring they receive respite breaks, as well as offering helplines and a young carers’ forum.

New funding models and difficulties recruiting staff, however, have prompted the charity to close.

As of September 28, it is believed the charity’s services will transfer to Ipswich-based provider Leading Lives and to ensure minimum disruption, staff are being encouraged to transfer their employment too.

Brenda Bond, chief executive of Crossroads Care East Anglia, said: “We explored different options and have worked hard to ensure services and jobs are protected as much as possible.

“We are very sad to close but delighted that services are transferring to excellent alternative providers and the quality of services to carers and people with care needs will continue through the new arrangements.”

She added: “Our staff and the carers and families we work with are being kept informed and we have ensured our clients will continue to receive the support they need.”

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Uttlesford day care sessions are also believed to be transferring via Leading Lives.

The Tuesday Club, at the New Life Christian Centre in Saffron Walden, holds social activities for those with care needs, and this looks set to continue.

Ms Bond added: “The club and the whole of Crossroads in Uttlesford is enormously grateful to the Friends of Crossroads Uttlesford for their fundraising and awareness raising work over many years, and also to the Joy Trust for their funding, supporting our services for people living with dementia.”

For the carers, Uttlesford Young Adult Carers is another service avoiding closure.

It will now be funded thanks to Action for Family Carers, which is in partnership with Supporting Carers in Essex, and a grant from Uttlesford District Council.

Ms Bond said: “Young carers’ health can suffer, their education can definitely suffer and their choices become very limited. We help them and give them guidance to make better choices that will hopefully lead to better lives.”