An appeal has arrived which gives all the indications of a hard-working and successful organisation, which is meeting a real need, day in and day out.
Castle Point Crossroads Carers Centre, based on Canvey Island, provides support for the carers (of all ages) of disabled people over the whole of Castle Point in Essex.
The brief letter describes the charity’s three main functions. Firstly, there is help for young carers looking after a parent or sibling with a disability. “Often we feel that their childhood is being taken away”.
Secondly, respite care is offered to people looking after a disabled relative. Thirdly, there is a Day Care Centre for adults with physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties. “After leaving full-time education, many of these adults find it very difficult to find appropriate activities”.
Leaflets describe some of the ways in which help is provided. Noisy Teas, for instance, held once a month, are for families coping with autism. One room is for children with autism, supervised by trained care attendants. Games, tea and fun are on offer. The siblings have a second room – to watch videos, listen to music, chat and have refreshments, with supervision provided. The third room is for the parents, giving them the opportunity to chat, swap notes and provide support for each other. Appropriate guest speakers are invited to share their skills and experiences.
After reading the letter and leaflets, I felt I had a good grounding in what goes on, and how donors’ money will be used.