History of Crossroads Care Surrey

Crossroads Care started in 1973 in Rugby, named after the long-running soap opera ‘Crossroads’. The soap featured a storyline that involved Meg Richardson, caring at home for her disabled son Sandy.

Our history

Crossroads Care started in 1973 in Rugby, named after the long-running soap opera ‘Crossroads’. The soap featured a storyline that involved Meg Richardson, caring at home for her disabled son Sandy; this provoked interest from real Carers, who highlighted the lack of support for unpaid people looking after their loved ones.

As a direct result, in 1974 broadcasters ATV donated £10,000 to set up the first Crossroads scheme in Rugby to support Carers and their families.

It has now been over 40 years since Crossroads Care began supporting Carers- and we’ve come a long way since the days that made it synonymous with the former television soap opera.

Timeline

  • Pre-February 2009: there are 6 Crossroads Schemes in Surrey covering all of the county apart from the Runnymede district.
  • 2009: The branches, some of which were 30 years old, merged to form a single organisation, Crossroads Care Surrey.
  • July 2007: The company Surrey Crossroads Care is established
  • February 2008: Legal name changes to Surrey Crossroads. This company was set up as the recipient company for the merger.
  • February 2009: Formal merger of all 6 schemes.
  • 2011: choose the trading name Crossroads Care Surrey following instruction from the Crossroads Association (now Carers Trust). However, our legal name for Companies House and Charity Commission remains Surrey Crossroads which is why this is referred to in the annual report and accounts.
  • 2015: three county-wide office merge to a central location in Leatherhead.
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Crossroads Care has been providing support to carers across the UK for more than 40 years.