Support for Carers in
Working together to
improve health and wellbeing in Abingdon
We estimate that there are about 5000 unpaid carers in Abingdon
and these are likely 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.
Information on groups that help carers
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.
Web site: https://www.carersoxfordshire.org.uk/
Phone: 01235 424715
Autism Family Support...
...provides support, advice, and fun for
families. This includes
- Information and Advice for parents/carers,
includes advice surgeries, telephone support, email, e-bulletins,
and support groups.
- Youth Groups for 8 – 21 year olds
autistic people without a learning disability.
- Summer and Easter Holiday Activities
fun community based activities
- Training for parents, young people,
- Autism Awareness promoting awareness,
and better services for families.
- Consultation and Training for
Phone: 01235 754700
Fit 2 Care
Fit 2 Care is a small community group run by
volunteer parent and family carers. They host affordable fitness classes
in Abingdon for family and parent carers. Their 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.
Web site: https://fit2care.org/
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
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:
- Mental Health support –We offer 121
emotional support for our most vulnerable young carers. We also have
developed a Mindfulness movement and wellbeing programme to teach
our young carers preventative measures and how to deal with their
mental health concerns;
- Respite activities - time for
themselves away from their caring roles, to make friends, and have
fun, these are run in the school holidays. They consist of theme
park visits, trips to the beach and other experiences that they
would not otherwise get due to their caring role;
- Training - in key skills such as
first aid, relaxation and cookery/nutrition to improve their
self-confidence and ability to cope in their caring roles.
- 13+ Group – bespoke group for young
carers aged 13 years and older. This group engages an age group that
is usually hard to engage with and is user led. Youth Panel –
group of proactive young carers that engage with BFYC to help form
our policies, agenda and activities. Their feedback is crucial to
developing BFYC as a charity.
- Young carers leisure card -
discounted pay and play activities at local leisure centres;
- Quarterly newsletter from BFYC
Web site: https://befreeyc.org.uk/
Phone: 01235 838554
Dementia Oxfordshire works with people
diagnosed with dementia and their relatives/carers, providing ongoing
support and information on the following:
- Information about dementia
- How to get help locally
- Staying independent
- Adaptations for your home
- Benefits and allowances for those with
dementia and their carers
- Additional support and respite breaks
- Activities and leisure opportunities
- Planning for the future
- Financial and legal issues
Phone: 01865 410 210
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
Facebook Page; https://www.facebook.com/dementiafriendlyabingdon/
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.
- Information, advice and support on a range
of issues that affect families of people with learning disabilities
via email or telephone.
- Some queries can be answered straightaway
through direct advice or signposting, however if you need more
ongoing or in depth support we can allocate a family support worker
to help you if appropriate
- Support for families at meetings with
- Events, workshops and training opportunities
for family carers and professionals.
- Opportunities to meet with professionals
through our online Question and Answer sessions.
Web site: https://www.oxfsn.org.uk/
Phone: 07891 734987 or 07821 987080
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.
Web site: https://www.oxfordshirecrossroads.org.uk/
Phone: 01865 260 280
I Care, You Care
I Care You Care
- is the Oxford Health NHS carers strategy
that looks to guide us through the next 3 years to further our
commitment to put family, friends and carers at the heart of
everything we do, and
- sets out our pledge to support and
seamlessly work alongside family, friends and carers as well as or
patients and service users
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.
for our carers” webpage offers various information, guidance and
resources for family, friends and carers.
For any further information please contact email@example.com
The comprehensive and easy to use website at
www.carersoxfordshire.org.uk is a great source of information for carers
and people supporting them. Some highlights include:
Carers' Line (01235 424715), which is open Monday to Friday,
9am-5pm, and which the team aim to answer within a few rings
Carer’s Journey: free classes for carers, most of which
are focused on the well-being of the carer and which are offered
through Abingdon and Witney College. Recently added sessions include
online yoga, self-massage with essential oils, and managing your own
needs when caring for others. Some are face-to-face, but lots are
run online. Carers can also apply for up to £150 towards the cost
of another course at Witney and Abingdon College.
- A partnership with Carefree which
enables carers to take a one-
or two-night break in the UK
- Support to complete a Carers'
Assessment to help the carer understand how they are coping
and what support they might be able to access to help them to stay
well. This includes the annual, non-means tested Carers Direct
Payment of £300, which is provided to support carers to have
some time for themselves, away from their caring responsibilities.
- Projects such as Feet
Up Fridays, under which the catering company Thomas
Franks delivers meals to carers in Banbury, Abingdon and Oxford,
so that for one day a week at least they don’t have to worry about
dinner. Trials have also been run to provide support with cleaning
referral form, which Carers Oxfordshire is encouraging
people to use when referring clients.
- The thrice-yearly Care
Matters magazine, the latest edition of which is attached.
- The Max
Card, for families of with children and young adults under
the age of 25, which allows discounted or free access to attractions
and days out both locally and nationally
Prepared plans which carers complete with all the essential
information about the person they are caring for, in case they
become suddenly unable to provide that care themselves
on benefits and referrals for benefits checks, usually in the
Abingdon area to Vale
Community Impact or the Oxfordshire Specialist Advice Service
(currently very long waiting times).
- If you’re working with a carer whose first
language is not English, Carers Oxfordshire has access to Language
Line, so a translator can be arranged if necessary. Service
handbooks are also available in the most commonly spoken
languages in the county.