In the hurly burly of caring for a person with care needs, it is easy to forget the needs of the carer for "me time". At CROSSROADS we are always trying to find ways to help carers find breathing space for themselves, as a thankyou for all the great work they do.
We organised two boat trips this summer, one from Windsor and one from Oxford, to give carers of loved ones, including those with dementia and of children, much-needed days out. Thanks to the National Garden scheme and to the players of @Postcode Lottery for funding this activity. We were also helped financially by our friends at the Carers Trust, with boats provided by Salters Passenger Steamers of Oxford and French Brothers of Windsor.
Each day was all about making sure that carers had nothing to worry about, knowing their loved ones were being looked after by professional, DBS-checked care workers. They were picked up by car and taken to their boat, where they enjoyed a leisurely cruise and gourmet picnic on the water, able to take in the view while enjoying some quality time together. Afterwards, they were taken to a local cafe for cake and coffee.
One carer said: "I just want to say a huge thankyou to the Crossroads staff that pulled this off and to the people that funded it. I was made to feel special and that has not happened in a long time."