Archive for January, 2012

“Business as usual” as Crossroads Care merges with Princess Royal Trust

Crossroads Care and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers have announced their intention to merge.

Plans have been approved by both boards after a programme of full due diligence. Subject to remaining formal and regulatory steps, the new charity will be operational from April 2012. A name for the new organisation is yet to be chosen and a chief executive to be appointed. A public launch date will soon be announced.

The Princess Royal has agreed to be President of the new charity, a role she has held at the Trust since it was formed in 1991. The charity will have the combined strengths of both Crossroads Care and the Princess Royal Trust. Forming a new charity will provide oportunities to launch increased services and fundraising initiatives, and to reach more carers.

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Dementia bus visits the Western Vale

The Alzheimer’s Society, Cardiff and Vale, is running a six month pilot project during 2012 taking their Information and Support Bus (nicknamed ‘Primrose’) to four areas in the Western Vale of Glamorgan. 

Primrose will be visiting Cowbridge, Rhoose, Llantwit Major and St Bride’s Major on one Friday every month for the next 6 months. 

The aims of the project are twofold:

For people who may have concerns about their memory to get information on dementia and the referral and diagnosis processes in a safe environment.

For people who are already caring for someone to access ongoing information, support and signposting to all other support services available to them.

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Event to provide information for older people

Cardiff City Hall

‘Collaborate for Change’ is the theme of a stakeholder event to be held at City Hall, Cardiff, on Thursday 2nd February 2012, in recognition of the Older Person’s Mental Health Day.

It is hoped that the event, which will run from 10am until 4pm, will attract carers, service users, professionals and other interested parties.

There will be an opportunity to discuss developments within mental health services for older people within Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, and to hear the stories of carers looking after relatives with late life memory problems and confusion. Professor Tony Bayer of the Memory Team will give an overview of diagnosis and the treatment of dementia.

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