From the 1st April 2020 Crossroads will be launching our new service – Caring for Carers Dementia Support Groups, in partnership with Birmingham Carers Hub.
Caring for Carers Dementia Support Groups
Caring for Carers Dementia Support Groups are groups specifically for carers of people with dementia or memory problems living in the Birmingham area.
We will be launching a number of groups across Birmingham. The groups will provide direction, information, emotional support and signposting to appropriate help when required. We are very sensitive to the journey of ‘a life with dementia’ but also very sensitive that we are all unique in our journey and illness – ‘one size does not fit all’.
The environment will be supportive, sensitive, loving, factual, but also a space to share and listen. We will aim to keep you updated with several topical issues to support your journey through talks, speakers and presentations.
Many of our carers having walked this journey will go on to share those experiences through volunteering at our groups in all kinds of roles. (Please make contact if this sounds right for you).
During the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we will be following government guidelines, so please note, the face-to-face meeting of groups is suspended until further notice.
We will be staying in contact with carers by phone and other media (see details below on our virtual meetings via Zoom!), so we can continue to foster relationships and offer emotional and well-being checks to you and your family. We are also able to help if you are struggling to explain coronavirus and social distancing to someone with dementia.
By staying connected we will be able to advise as to when we will be able to launch our face-to-face groups. Please remember our groups are for you as the carer of someone who is supporting a loved one living with dementia, however, should the need arise, and you need to attend with your loved one we will not turn you away.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 11am – 12.30pm.
Our virtual meetings will give you the opportunity to speak to other carers in a similar situation, share experiences and listen. Led by our experienced Dementia Group Co-Ordinator, Barbara, the group will also be a place which will provide direction, information, emotional support and signposting to appropriate help, wherever you are on your caring journey.
To join the group, you will need a phone, tablet, laptop or computer with access to Wi-Fi. Once you have booked your place on a session, you will be sent a Zoom link to access the group (you can join as a participant without creating a Zoom account).
If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please don’t worry, Barbara will be able to support you, just give her a call on 0121 803 1065.
For more information or to book a place on any of our sessions you can also contact our Caring for Carers Dementia Group Coordinator, Barbara on 0121 803 1065 or email Barbara.Hylton-Walker@sandwellcrossroads.org
Please note that there is a maximum of 12 spaces available on each session.
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