Tesco Provide ‘Bags of Help’ for Charity Friendship Group

Crossroads Care are delighted to have won a grant of £4000.00 from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme. The funds will be used to support friendship and social groups for both carers and the cared for who maybe elderly, living with dementia or experiencing limited mobility.

Social events and activities are vital in helping to alleviate loneliness and isolation that carers and those they care for often experience as a result of their circumstances. All events will be chosen by the participants of the groups in advance and organised and supported by Crossroads staff.

We aim to help attendees to take part in activities that they, without support, may not otherwise have been able to, helping to create life-long friendships and memories. Past trips and activities have included days out at Westonbirt Arboretum, eating fish and chips on the pier at Weston Super Mare and the Butterfly Zoo at Symonds Yat.

Julie Kingston, Crossroads Active Living Centre Dementia Link Worker and Community Engagement Lead, said “the grant will make a huge difference for our Friendship Group, where currently around 14 couples come along and join in with families and friends.  They love reminiscing and talking about memories and where they have been, it really does make a huge difference to their health and wellbeing.”

Everyone at Crossroads would like to say a huge thank you to the people who voted for them, and especially to Hannah Parnell, Community Liaison Officer at Tesco Lydney for her continuous support throughout, the community transport schemes who are vital in helping our participants access our organisational activities and our dedicated volunteers who help run the activities.

Crossroads would also like to congratulate St. Johns PTA and the Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir who also received funds.

Another fundraising effort involves employees from the organisation running for care!  A group of nine have signed up for the Forest of Dean Half Marathon where they are fundraising for equipment for people who have had a fall, and to provide youth groups for children with disabilities.  Visit our JustGiving page to follow our story!