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Crossroads Care charity comes of age
5:24pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
BURY South MP Ivan Lewis has conveyed his own congratulations to the town’s Crossroads Care as it marks its 21st anniversary.
Mr Lewis has been patron of the registered charity for more than 13 years. He was unable to attend an earlier celebratory luncheon due to Parliamentary commitments but later visited Crossroads Care at its base in Kay Street.
The organisation provides thousands of hours of practical support to a wide range of carers each year.
Chief officer Ms Joanne Brockway said: “He spoke to carers and, more importantly, listened to the stresses they’re under and the difficulties they’re having and what it’s like for them as carers.
“He explained that because he’d been a care minister in the previous government he has a particular empathy with carers. That’s why he wanted to come along and listen to them.”
Crossroads Care supports unpaid carers of all ages, provides trained support workers to deliver practical assistance as well as carer breaks to support those who cannot or will not access social services.
The aim of this support is to help carers to continue to look after their loved ones while reducing stresses associated with caring and enabling the carer to enjoy some time of their own.
According to the 2011 Census, there are 19,954 people in Bury who provide unpaid care — equal to 11 per cent of the local population.
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