ZOOM event - Wednesday 13 April from 7 to 8 pm
There are about 5000 unpaid carers in Abingdon and these are estimated to save the UK economy £96 million a year yet many receive little support. However, there are a number organisations in Oxfordshire that provide a range of help and support for those with caring responsibilities in Abingdon. We are bringing some of these together to talk to us about what help they provide. This will be followed by questions and discussion. The presentations are
You can find more about these groups below.
There many more such groups operating in Abingdon and you can find out about these further below.
Zoom Access: https://brookes.zoom.us/j/85983492103
You don't have to register for this event but it would help us to know who is coming so we would be grateful if you could email dave.
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More information from groups making presentations
Caring is such an important part of life. No matter what race, religion or society, caring will cross all our paths at some point.
Carers Oxfordshire is a partnership between Action for Carers Oxfordshire and Rething Mental Illness, both independent charities. Action for Carers Oxfordshire is a local charity whose sole purpose is to support the unpaid carers of Oxfordshire, Rethink Mental Illness is a national charity Working to improve the lives of people and severely affected by mental illness. Carers Oxfordshire is jointly commissioned by Heath and Social Care to provide the primary support service to carers in Oxfordshire.
Autism Family Support...
...provides support, advice, and fun for families. This includes
Fit 2 Care
Fit 2 Care is a small community group run by volunteer parent and family carers. We host affordable fitness classes in Abingdon for family and parent carers. Our aim is to improve the physical and mental health of carers through regular exercise. All classes are suitable for all fitness levels and can accommodate any carer over the age of 18.
Classes are run during school term time sometimes during the day and sometimes during the evening. Spaces are limited and the term of classes must be booked and paid for in advance. All equipment is provided to create as few barriers as possible for carers to access these classes.
Information on other groups operating in Abingdon
Be Free Young Carers (BFYC)
BFYC is a local Oxfordshire charity, based in Didcot, that works with young carers aged 8 to 24 across the South Oxfordshire and Vale area. BFYC is the only specialist organisation supporting young carers in Oxfordshire and receives no statutory funding.
We have been supporting young carers for over 25 years with emotional and practical advice they need to manage the stresses and responsibilities of being a young carer, balancing their caring role with school and with the developmental needs of a child.
Be Free Young Carers addresses these needs by providing young carers with:
Dementia Oxfordshire works with people diagnosed with dementia and their relatives/carers, providing ongoing support and information on the following:
Dementia Friendly Abingdon
In working to make the town dementia friendly Dementia Friendly Abingdon (DFA) recognises the need to support those caring for people living with dementia.
The weekly DFA coffee group provides a safe and supportive environment, both for a person living with dementia and their carer or supporter; allowing them to meet with others in a similar position. The attendees, aided by informed volunteers, naturally provide mutual support and friendship. The group meets on a Thursday morning at 10:30am in the Garden Room, St Ethelwold's House, 30 East St Helen Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB.
The DFA Supporters Newsletter includes information on all sources of support for those affected by dementia, including carers. Contact us for more information about the Coffee Group or to sign up to receive the DFA Supporters Newsletter
Oxfordshire Family Support Network
Oxfordshire Family Support Network has a small team of Family Support workers/advocates who are all family carers of people with learning disabilities themselves.
Oxfordshire Crossroads Care
Oxfordshire Crossroads is a registered charity and a leading provider of home care services. Whatever your need, we will strive to accommodate you with a package of care that fits around you and your family. We also provide respite breaks to allow you time to be yourself. We listen to you.
Crossroads Care has been providing care for over 30 years and is an accredited provider, holding several contracts with local councils. We work closely with the Care Quality Commission to ensure our services are responsive and safe. We currently provide support throughout Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
I Care, You Care
I Care You Care
You can read more about our aims, the progress we are making and our future plans in the strategy Family, Friends and Carers Strategy 2021-24.
Our “Caring for our carers” webpage offers various information, guidance and resources for family, friends and carers.
Your feedback is important to us and if you are accessing our services with your relative or friend, please do take time to share your feedback with a member of staff or through our carers survey.
For any further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org