Guildford and South Surrey Branch


Care for Carers



Guildford and South Surrey Parkinson’s Branch tries to support carers wherever it can. If you wish to hear about any current activities, or to discuss your needs, please contact Myra Newnes-Smith on 01483 422440 or email


Longer Respite Care Opportunity for 2021!

Your committee is very much aware of the on-going burden placed on our members’ Carers. We had agreed earlier last year to use some of the remaining Legacy money to fund some longer respite care provision. We are now ready to launch the scheme that will enable some Carers to have a well-earned break – a few days, perhaps, or even a whole week – during 2021.


The offer is for up to £1,500 towards an individual’s care. A budget, enabling around five or more members to benefit, has been set aside for this and grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Requests (no more than one per person!) can be put in for a share of the budget from 1 February 2021. If your application is successful, there is no need to make use of it immediately. For instance, you may already have something planned for later in the year or simply want a break in the warmer weather.


It will be your responsibility to find a suitable respite placement, either with a care home or by a care organisation offering overnight care in your own home. It should be from a recognised home or agency, not an informal arrangement. Before applying, you should have identified a suitable provider and have registered your interest with them. You do not need to have paid a deposit at this stage.


We hope very much that some of you will take up this offer. If you wish to discuss further, with no commitment, then please contact Myra Newnes-Smith on 01483 422440 or email


Myra can also send you more details and a simple application form to complete.


Zoom Meetings for Carers

Zoom meetings for Carers are monthly and are held on the second Monday of the month at 2pm for one hour. Of course, participants can drop in and out as they wish. It is a small group, which is working well and has been well received.


New participants to the group would be very welcome. However, it is most appropriate for the partners of those who are in the mid to later stages of their Parkinson’s Journey. As a small number works best for this, a second group could be formed if required.


I am aware that some Carers would like the lunches that I facilitated in the past to be resumed, once we are back to normal times. Friendships made by the Zoom meetings will enable lunches or coffee mornings etc. to take place informally.


If you would like to join or just to discuss, please do email me or give me a ring.

Myra Newnes-Smith

01483 422440


“Crossroads Care”

Crossroads Care is an organisation specialising in providing vital respite breaks for carers.


The core service provision, after an assessment of needs, is a regular carers’ break of 3.5 hours, funded by Surrey County Council, on a weekly or fortnightly basis on the same day, at the same time and with the same Support Worker.


Additional hours can be provided at a competitive rate.


Alternatively, 3 additional hours per month, for those in receipt of the core service, may be funded by Guildford Parkinson’s, using our legacy funds.


Self-funded packages are also available of 10, 24 and 48 hours, the latter to allow for a week-end break. Assisted holiday breaks allow a Support Worker to accompany the client and carer on a UK-based holiday and takes over the caring role for 9 hours in any 24.


Support Workers are not volunteers and many have worked for Crossroads for a number of years. They are highly committed to their work and are trained for many caring tasks, including:

  • Personal care (eg washing, dressing, toileting)
  • Health care such as continence management and administration of prescribed medicines
  • Meal and drink preparation
  • Social activities such as chatting, playing games, visits to a tearoom

For further information

You should approach Crossroads Care directly on tel: 01372 869970 or
If you are interested in the additional 3 hours per month, funded by the Branch, you should contact Myra Newnes-Smith as above.