Carers receive cash boost to spread 'light and hope'

Ribble Valley Crossroads Care senior care practitioner Sheila Jackson, manager Jane Williamson, finance manager Grace Hore, senior care practitioner Pam Highton and Ribble Valley Mayor Stuart Carefoot.
Ribble Valley Crossroads Care senior care practitioner Sheila Jackson, manager Jane Williamson, finance manager Grace Hore, senior care practitioner Pam Highton and Ribble Valley Mayor Stuart Carefoot.
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A dedicated team of carers who work quietly in the background to bring “light and hope” to families across the Ribble Valley have received £15,000 from the borough council.

Ribble Valley Crossroads Care has been supporting carers and the people they care for in their own homes for 30 years.

They carry out a variety of tasks, from day-to-day personal care, such as showering and dressing, to supporting bereaved families.

Crossroads Care manager Jane Williamson said: “Our trusted carers are highly trained and chosen for their compassion, dignity and respect.

“The care they give comes from the heart and they are passionate about making a difference to people’s lives.

“We are extremely grateful to Ribble Valley Borough Council for helping us to continue our vital community work.”

As well as offering care in the home, Crossroads Care is at the forefront of several innovative community projects, such as a "field hospital" at Gisburn and Clitheroe Auction Marts, and Dementia Care in the Community sessions at village halls.

Ribble Valley Mayor Stuart Carefoot said: “Rural isolation is a particular problem in the borough and voluntary groups such as Crossroads Care provide a vital service.

“Three of their registered nurses run regular pop-up clinics at our auction marts, where the farming community can ask for help and advice, while the Dementia Care in the Community sessions allow people with dementia to access craft sessions and sensory experiences to evoke happy memories.

“These dedicated carers work quietly in the background to bring light and hope to the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents, and the council is delighted to support them.”

Despite a 50 per cent reduction in Government grants over recent years, Ribble Valley Borough Council has maintained its support for charities and voluntary organisations.

It handed out more than £100,000 to voluntary organisations this year, including £15,000 to Ribble Valley Crossroads Care, which will be used to supplement the organisation’s high travel costs.