Crossroads Care Surrey will help those most vulnerable in Surrey thanks to new funding, supporting people with befriending and community outreach services like shopping & prescription collections.

 Covid-19 meant Crossroads Care Surrey needed to find new ways to support carers and their families when they could no longer provide visiting care in the home for ten weeks due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. The charity did just that, finding a solution for their community with outreach support through befriending calls and a shopping & prescription collection service for anyone unable to leave their home because of the need to shield or self-isolate due to age, illness or a caring responsibility.

Since returning to providing visiting care, the charity has been in touch with the many people who benefited from the community outreach support service. As a result of some very positive feedback and the fact we still continue to be living through an uncertain period with Covid-19, Crossroads Care Surrey have pledged to keep providing vital outreach support through befriending and shopping using a new volunteer base.

Over the course of the summer, the charity has applied to multiple grant making organisations with great success meaning the project can really begin to take shape and many more people will benefit from this additional resource at a time when they most need it.

Terry Hawkins, Chief Executive of Crossroads Care Surrey says: “We are delighted to announce combined funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, HM Government, Carers Trust and Community Foundation for Surrey. This funding will make an incredible difference in enabling Crossroads to get the project off the ground quickly, implement infrastructure required to expedite the recruitment of a new volunteer base and assist in helping our organisation to raise awareness of the new service providing befriending & shopping services across the county.”

 If you are interested in finding out more about how to volunteer to support the Crossroads Community Outreach support service with befriending or shopping, please complete our volunteer enquiry form. Volunteer with Crossroads.

If you, or someone you know may benefit from a community outreach support service including companionship/befriending or shopping & prescription collections, please contact us on enquiries@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk or 01372 869 970.

We can give employers the right tools to enable them to provide understanding with flexibility, including short notice leave for all working carers. The benefits of this flexible approach for both employer and employee will not only result in a happier workforce, but also serve to increase staff retention, keep recruitment costs down and contribute towards keeping good people working, with the end result of enhancing the organisational reputation through great workplace culture.

Terry Hawkins, CEO