My name is Christine Bell. I have been the Coordinator of Crossroads (Cowal & Bute) since 2004.
My role is to provide support and information for Carers through the Crossroads Carers Centre in Argyll Street, Dunoon.
By providing a listening ear to Carers, I can help them manage a stressful situation or provide respite to allow them to have some time for themselves away from their caring responsibilities.
Supporting me in providing this service are 14 Care Attendant staff in Cowal and 3 in Bute, who are all fully trained in providing compassionate and supportive respite to families who care.
Support can be offered through emotional or practical help to enable the Carer to continue to care and keep their own identity within the community. This is achieved by listening and offering practical help in the form of respite, Group friendship or short breaks.
The Co-ordinator is in contact with many other services and charities within the area and can provide an introduction to all other local support and facilities available.
We encourage Carers to participate in relevant media discussions or conferences which will ensure that professional and elected members of the community are fully aware of the value of Carers in supporting the elderly in their own homes.
CHAIRMAN - RUSSELL HUMPHREYS
VICE CHAIR - IRENE KENNEDY SAHA
SECRETARY - ROSSLYN ANNE OSINSKI
TREASURER - KYLE ARMSTRONG
- BRIAN BALMAIN - IAIN MACINNES
- AUDREY FORREST - JIMMY BELL
- CLIVE MCCLURE - SUE HUTCHINSON
- SARAH KENNEDY - EILEEN CONNELL
- CHRISTINE BELL
YOUNG CARERS MANAGER
- MAGS TODD
YOUNG CARERS SUPPORT STAFF
- MO NEWLANDS
- LORNA VINSON
- EILEEN BRENNAN
YOUNG CARERS SESSIONAL STAFF
- ERIN PATTERSON
- CHRIS BARRETT
- LORRAINE WALKER
Carers Centre/Young Carers Finance/ Administrator
- ANNE DUNPHY
YOUNG CARERS ADMIN SUPPORT
- MORVEN BANKS
Care Attendants Respite Service
- Wilma Weir
- Marie Craig
- Doreen Bryson
- Eileen Rankin
- Lynn Christie
- Alison Boulton
- Ann Cassidy
- Colette Stevenson
- Lynn Bell
- Hayley Bell
Manager: Christine Bell
Crossroads (Cowal & Bute)
Endeavours to provide a high quality respite and support service in the community to enable carers to take a break and continue with their caring role.