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Shropshire Crossroads - Carers UK Forum

Shropshire Crossroads

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According to a story in the Shropshire Star (see link below), Shropshire Crossroads has run out of money and is due to close early next year.

www.shropshirestar.com/tag/crossroads-care-shropshire/

I am devastated at this news - the service that Crossroads provided for my Dad and me in the months leading up to his final hospital admssion in 2008 was priceless, providing very welcome company for Dad at a time when it was becoming increasingly difficut for him to leave the house and giving me a much needed break from full-time caring one afternoon a week. The Crossroads for Carers national website carries the banner "Crossroads for Carers, the people carers turn too". So who will carers turn to now?

Call me a cynic, but I reckon the powers-that-be will refuse to step in and help out financially, preferring to let professional caring organisations such as Crossroads go to the wall, to be replaced by voluntary organisations as part of the "Big Society". I sincerely hope to be proved wrong.
Last I heard, Crossroads is a whole set of local, independent charities, pretty much running their own affairs and operations under a national umbrella, rather than a behemoth. Sort of like a franchise, but cuddlier. Some of them are better than others, some succeed, some fail. Thats the nature of social enterprise, they have to be good to survive, and they have to compete on a level playing field. Its down to the ability and quality of their management team; both voluntary and paid.
"Some of them are better than others, some succeed, some fail. Thats the nature of social enterprise"

Well, that's going to be a tremendous comfort to those people who are losing their much-needed services, isn't it?
"Some of them are better than others, some succeed, some fail. Thats the nature of social enterprise"

Well, that's going to be a tremendous comfort to those people who are losing their much-needed services, isn't it?
It shouldn't make much difference at all, if the local authority is simply transferring the contract to a better provider. If on the other hand they are just axing the whole service to save money, then yes, it is a bad move and should be fought tooth and claw. Which is the case here?