to Healthy Living on the Broomwood Estate
main aim of Trafford Crossroads is to provide a high quality respite service for
carers who have to care, without pay, for a
features of the Crossroads - Caring for Carers service makes them unique.
Firstly, the Carer Support Workers work
flexible hours so that they can provide help at times when it is most
needed and secondly, they copy as closely as possible, within current guidelines,
the routine of caring given by the relative or friend they temporarily replace. With
additional training from professional sources, our Carer Support Workers are
able to carry out nursing type tasks to
enhance their support.
have supported carers of people with physical disability, sensory impairment and
frailty in their own homes since our inception in 1994. Trafford Crossroads is a
Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. We are affiliated to the National
Association of Crossroads Schemes. The scheme has a Board of Trustees made
up of people who volunteer their time and expertise to assist the professional
Crossroads is funded largely by Social Services, and we have also received funding
from the Community Fund, the Mayoral Millennium Appeal, Kellogg's and other local
are disadvantaged in society because of the demands on their time from the person
for whom they care. Often their inability to work or go out because of their
caring role means they are financially and socially disadvantaged.
Inevitably, due to their caring responsibilities, their own health is ignored.
Eventually, stress, exhaustion and physical
illness of the carer may lead to family breakdown.
Crossroads aims to be pro-active in its approach to carers needs. We want to
prevent deterioration in family life. We acknowledge the rights of carers to be
able to "take
time out" to be themselves.
offer them the freedom to spend their quality time to do whatever they choose,
safe in the knowledge that their friend or relative is with a trained and
experienced member of our
endeavours to provide continuity and stability in their service by keeping the same
Carer Support Worker as far as this is possible. Feedback highlights that carers
and those with care needs
appreciate the increase in trust and the bond that this forms. We
carry out re-assessments of our service and of the client's needs every 6 months
at times of change.
findings of the Community Health Profile identified that 60% of the residents
the Broomwood Estate exercised only occasionally or never. When asked what could
be done to improve their health, 19% responded by stating that exercise would be
a key factor with swimming and walking being the most popular methods of
the support of the Trafford South Primary Care Trust, the local community has made
some very positive progress to improve its physical health.
a fantastic launch in May 2003, the Health Walks Programme has proved to be
particularly successful. The gym facilities at the Broomwood Youth Centre are
also well attended.
of the respondents of the Community Health Profile are carers, although their needs
have never been specifically addressed.
Crossroads have identified residents of the Broomwood Estate who would like to
improve their lifestyle by participating on the monthly walks, utilising the gym
or by visiting the nearby swimming baths, but are unable to do so due to
their caring responsibilities
for a loved one.
have identified these people by:
Holding meetings with
Ruth Speight and Sue Long,
Health Visitors whose responsibilities
encompass theBroomwood Estate,
in on the walks programme and talking to the local residents.
with key personnel from the various Housing Associations on the Broomwood
with Vincent Walsh, Community Development Worker for the Broomwood Estate and Jo
Bryan, Manager of Trafford Carers Centre.
project will provide a trained Carer Support Worker to care for the person with
the disability/illness whilst their carer accesses either the health walk, the
gym or a swimming
commitment to quality
provide a quality service by recruiting and training staff using our Equal Opportunities
policy. All our staff receive a full induction package when they commence their
employment with Crossroads. This includes training about First Aid, Moving &
Handling, Health & Safety, Confidentiality, Medications and other
We encourage all our staff to complete their Level 2 NVQ in Care. Training is
updated annually and we carry out quarterly staff supervisions and Annual
have a comprehensive range of policies and procedures in place. We were recently
in our renewal of our Investors in People status and have achieved all the
standards expected by the National Crossroads Quality Control Audit.
of care provided
each of our clients a Care Plan is devised mutually between the service user,
and the Care Manager. The assessments have a holistic approach and take into account
physical, emotional and social needs.
our service users and carers are made aware of, and given a copy of, our
organisation's literature, 24-hour contact details and the complaints procedure.
We produce a quarterly newsletter and actively encourage feedback, comments and
from our clients.
we compile a quality questionnaire for those we support. The feedback from this
enables us to measure our success and highlights areas for address.
Crossroads works within a multi-disciplinary framework, believing that we are
all aiming to realise the same caring roles. We have built up excellent
relationships with the
Community Nurses, Carers' Centre and other charitable organisations. Their contribution
and feedback on our anticipated service will be highly valuable.
WALKING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH
a successful launch, the monthly Health Walks Programme from Broomwood
Youth Centre, Mainwood Road, Timperley is going from
strength to strength, with people of all ages discovering the benefits of
gentle exercise and companionship.
you are a carer though, it may have been impossible for you to take part
in the past, as you have been unable to leave the person you care for at
can help! Trafford
Crossroads is able to provide a Carer Support Worker to stay at
home with the person you care for whilst you join in the walk
is NO charge to you for either the care or the walk.
Trafford Crossroads on 0161 905 1986
Or - Vincent Walsh, Community Development Officer on
0161 980 0696
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