6,000,000 unpaid carers make an invaluable contribution to people in need, to their families and communities as well as society as a whole. Replacing the care that carers provide on a continuous and reliable basis would cost the British government £87 billion a year (actuarial estimates by Carers UK) – a sum equal in size to the recent entire budget of the NHS.
This enormous contribution made by carers often goes unnoticed. Carers care quietly in their own homes, away from the public eye and many people fail to recognise or acknowledge the support they give. Little is said about how difficult it is to make time to care for someone and how physically as well as mentally draining it can be, frequently taking its toll on the private and professional life of the carer as well as their health and well being.
How can you support Crossroads?
There are several ways in which you can support Crossroads. By supporting us you will help to ensure that high-quality, flexible services are provided to support carers and the people they care for. Below are a list of ways in which you can help.
One very simple way to support us is to sign up to Easyfundraising! All that you need to do is simply sign up, and support us and use their search engine to shop online! The stores you buy from will donate a percentage of the money you spend on our Charity. It’s as easy as that! With no extra cost to yourselves, you have helped Crossroads raise just that little bit more for charity, which can benefit us in providing high-quality care services to our clients!
Alternatively, donate money just for using EasySearch, every search you make will raise funds for Sandwell Crossroads Caring for Carers.
You can show your support for Crossroads by donating to us. There are several ways in which you can do this:
A single donation
You can make a one-off donation by using our office address to send a cheque or if you wish to make a cash donation, we would be delighted to see you!
A regular monthly donation by setting up a direct debit
You can make a regular monthly donation by setting up a direct debit. Please contact our office for our banking details.
Give As You Earn
This is a scheme set up to allow you to donate to charity through your salary on a regular basis. You only have to make one instruction to your payroll to start it off and the benefit of the scheme is that the government automatically adds 10% to your donation.
An increasing amount of companies will match the donation of any of their workforces who give to charity through the GAYE scheme. If you would like to suggest to your boss to introduce a GAYE scheme into their company, or you would like to join the GAYE scheme yourself, please contact the Appeals Department.
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid increases the value your donations are worth to charities, allowing them to claim tax back on your gift. By signing up to Gift Aid, your donations are going a lot further!
Are you a UK Tax Payer?
If you are and you would like to participate in our Gift Aid scheme, all you need to do is fill out the attached form, and we will claim tax back making your donations worth more!
For more information on Gift Aid and to sign up, click the following downloadable attachments: How Gift Aid Works? and Gift Aid Form