It is with regret Crossroads Care Surrey Children and Young People’s Saturday Club at Burview Hall, Walton-on-Thames will be closing with effect from 2 April 2021. In this last year, due to the pandemic, the club has only been open for a few short weeks at the very beginning of 2020 and again temporarily during September through to the beginning of November. Unfortunately, there are no signs of this changing in the near future.

The charity has taken the difficult decision to officially close the club so direct care support for children and young people in alternative ways. Crossroads Care Surrey will offer families who have been using the club an alternative care support service within a home-based setting on a Saturday. The charity say they wish to reassure the community the high-quality nurturing care for children with care needs, as well as support for families, including those caring and young carers will continue.

The Children & Young People’s Saturday club has been a great assistance for those caring round-the-clock for children with care needs. For those families directly affected by the closure, Crossroads Care Surrey will offer a regular Saturday respite break in the home as described above. Once the pandemic is under control, Carer Support Workers will be able to take the children out of the home to provide additional respite for parents. As a front-line care provider, Crossroads’ employees are fully trained in safeguarding, infection control and have been provided with high-quality personal protection equipment to keep you safe during the sessions.

In a digital space, the charity has created two very distinct areas to support both children and families during these long lockdown periods. For children, there are activities and entertainment, opportunities to learn with Makaton and get physical with dance, mindfulness colouring and quiet reading time. Parents and carers can benefit from mindfulness activities including colouring, information, and resources. You can find out more at: Online Community for Families, Children & Young People.

Going forward, the charity will create new opportunities for children and families to benefit from improved services. For now, this is likely to be in a digital space and be part of a structured programme including guided activity and interactive learning, live entertainment and more, which will be led by programme coordinators.

The charity say they plan to provide an online space for parents caring to meet, connect and share experiences over a cup of tea or coffee or attend webinars about caring.

For further information about support for families and children with care needs, please contact the charity at enquiries@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk

“Over the course of the last year, the Children’s Club has been unable to open its doors due to Covid19 and the need to keep our community safe. We’ve taken the very difficult decision to close our community facility so that we can re-direct support for families and children in alternative ways such as offering face-to-face care for children in their own home, tailored specifically for their needs”   says Terry Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer.