Crossroads Orkney is a charity which was established in 1994 with the aim of improving the life of Carers and those for whom they care by giving information, emotional support and practical help.
The initial funding came from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, which was initiated by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal in 1991, the Local Authority and NHS Orkney.
The service is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, a Manager, an Assistant Manager (part time) and an Administrator.
There are 40 Care Attendants who cover the Orkney Mainland and some of the Outer Islands.
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TIME TO LIVE FUND
The Orkney Carers Centre has funding from the ‘Short Breaks Fund’ resourced by the Scottish Government. The funding is to be used to provide short breaks to unpaid Carers who do a significant amount of caring with limited respite. For the first time we are also inviting Kinship Carers to apply to the fund. A Kinship Carer is a close family member who is looking after a child or children in place of a parent on a full time basis because the child's parents are unable to do so. It is up to the Carer where they want to go for their break and for how long, they can take their dependant with them an other family members too. We can either fund the whole break or give a contribution to a longer break. For Carers who cannot leave their dependant our respite service may be able to help out. For Carers who feel they can't leave their dependant to go away off Island they can discuss with us how we could maybe offer an alternative way of giving them a break such as an alternative therapy. To apply to this fund contact the Orkney Carers Centre on 870500. The funding is limited and each application will go before a panel and applicants will be contacted immediately.