Crossroads Caring For Carers  (Cowal & Bute)

61/63 Argyll Street,

Dunoon, PA23 7NJ

Tel: 01369 70 7700 (Cowal)



Crossroads. Carers Centre is open  Tuesdays, Wednesdays  and Thursdays 10 am to 4 pm.
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“Great to have something that puts  you	at the centre in a real way"


Our Respite Service (care attendant at home)  started in Dunoon in 1981 this service allows the Carers some time out to relax or do things that need to be done out with their caring responsibilities.  This can allow the carer some time to recharge their batteries and  return to their caring role feeling more able to cope.  It is also proven to be a vital part of ensuring the Carers wellbeing is not adversely affected as a direct result of the challenges that they face.  The Respite crossroads offer is free to all carers.

The idea for Crossroads Care Attendant Services arose out of a situation depicted in the TV series "Crossroads" in 1972.  One character was disabled by an accident and the effect of this on family and carers was dramatically portrayed.  Many of the viewers identified with the situation and a group of people, including a disabled viewer, got together to set up the first Crossroads Care Attendant Scheme in Rugby in 1973. The first scheme in Scotland was set up in 1977.

The respite service is inspected by the Care inspectorate

The most recent inspection report, completed on 4th December 2017, resulted in the following grades :

Quality of Care and Support - Grade   5 (Very Good)   

Quality of Staffing - Grade   5 (Very Good)

Quality of Management and Leadership - Grade   4 (Good)

The full report can be viewed on the Care Inspectorate website.

Creative Breaks is funded by the Scottish Government as

part of its commitment to the development of short breaks

forthe benefit of carers and those they care for.

As an unpaid carer, it can be difficult to spend time and

money on yourself.  

By enabling you to take a short break either in the form of

a brief holiday away, attending a family event or even going

on a course to try something new.

The Creative Breaks fund can provide a break that can:

" Improve your physical or mental health

" Give you something to look forward to

" Give you a break from day-to-day routines

" Help you reconnect with old interests

" Help sustain supportive friendships

" Give you time to recharge your batteries

If you are a Carer living in Cowal & Bute, then you are eligible to make an application to the Creative Breaks Fund.

Contact  us for more information or an application form.

You can complete the application form by yourself or get help with completing the form.

The completed application form is reviewed by the Panel to make a decision.

If the application is successful, the agreed Short Break will take place.

After the short break there will be an evaluation process which will assess how the break has benefited you.

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