Our Services

Are you an unpaid carer in need of a little help and support?

Crossroads provides regular short breaks to carers who would like a little time to themselves. Our trained care support staff will come into your home and take care of the person you are caring for a few hours each week to give you a break.

We work in the community and cover the whole of the Braintree District, which includes, Witham and Halstead as well as the surrounding villages within the district of Braintree. We also cover most areas within the city of Chelmsford.

We provide the special quality of care that gives carers the peace of mind to let someone else step into their shoes.

Whilst in your home we will help your cared for with any little incontinence problems, prepare small meals and a helping hand with feeding.

We will help support any poor mobility problems. We can take your loved one for a short walk or take them out to a garden centre or a café, or sit with them, we can read or play games The support that is provided is personalised and tailor-made.

We will also hang laundry out, wash up or do any small tasks you may ask from us.

Unpaid Carer Support
Fun companionship

Here at Crossroads we can provide a companionship service.

According to Age UK, almost a million older people in the UK go for more than a month without speaking to anyone. We’ve found that many people don’t necessarily need a lot of help, but would sometimes like a companion to support them during various activities: someone they can chat and discuss things with, at home or going for a walk.

If there’s room in your life for someone like that, we can help. One of our team of Care Support Workers can visit you and provide a vital human element to your day.  They will become a trusted, friendly face, someone to share your interests with, while offering companionship.

Many people have found that getting together with a companion that they feel revitalised and energised when they spend quality time with someone who understands them and is genuinely interested in them. Typical activities that we can provide include:

  • Walking the dog or just going for a walk
  • Enjoying a chat over a cup of tea
  • Company while doing crafts or hobbies
  • Playing cards, chess, draughts, etc

As well as offering companionship, it’s nice to know that your care support worker is willing and able to spend time helping you to master the difficulties of modern life, such as:

  • Learning how to use a mobile phone, TV remote control or computer
  • Paying bills and understanding financial documents
  • Finding funding advice or help with claiming benefits

It’s your choice how much and what kind of companionship support you have, and how often you want it. The above are only examples – feel free to ask us about your personal needs.

Companionship for modern life difficulties
Care for children with disabilities

If you are a parent of a child with a disability or illness, we can provide a trained Care Support Worker to give you support and time for yourself.

Our staff have specialised training tailored to the individual needs of each child. We can provide support and care in your own home, or we can take your child out and about in the community.

  • Professional care and support in a warm and welcoming atmosphere
  • Activities and entertainment throughout the day
  • Lunch cooked on premises
  • Fully trained staff
  • Carer Support Worker on site throughout providing information and emotional support.

As an alternative to home care, the aim of the Centre is to provide a safe, friendly and relaxed atmosphere both for carers and the cared for with an opportunity to meet and socialise with other people in a similar situation. At the same time their carer will have an opportunity to have some precious time to call their own.

We encourage carers to visit the centre and see how warm and friendly we are.  The first session when you come to visit is free of charge.  Please book an appointment to come and see us.

All of our staff and volunteers are fully trained and also have an enhanced DBS.

Braintree Baptist Church
Blyths Meadow
Coggeshall Rd
Braintree CM7 3DA

Every Wednesday and Friday 10am – 3pm (excluding bank holidays)

All places must be booked in advance – Please call 01376 529985 for more information or to book a place.

A daily charge of £44 per person which includes a two course meal freshly prepared on the premises, refreshments and activities (including bingo and raffle)

Crossroads Respite Day Centre
Volunteers at Crossroads Day Centre


We also have a couple of spots for Volunteers at our day centre on Wednesdays and Fridays.

This is a perfect opportunity to support our carers at the day centre and meet new people whilst giving back to the community.

If you have what it takes to be a Crossroads volunteer then please do not hesitate to contact us and we can get you on the path to providing much needed support.