OUR 16+ GROUP

Our 16+ Group for Young People with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) began in April 2023.

It was launched after staff and parents became increasingly aware that older members of our Saturday Club for 8–18-year-olds with SEND, were still very much in need of our support as they start a new journey into adulthood, with all the challenges and obstacles that come with that transition. The group for 16–21-year-olds runs every Saturday during term-time and provides a stimulating and safe space, allowing young people to continue with their favourite activities such as dance and karate as well as giving Young Carers an essential break from their caring roles.

Saturday Club Lead Danielle Way says: ‘Being given the chance to open a 16+ group is so exciting and being able to share this news with parents is even better. Over the years, parents have been consistently telling us that once their children leave school, they feel like they fall into a massive black hole – with all their usual support systems coming to an end and at a time when they need more support than ever.

‘The young people themselves also don’t want to leave the Saturday Club — and the karate classes that so many of them attend — as the club is their only safe social place to meet friends. While we provide monthly film nights for this group, we felt this just wasn’t enough.’

‘As the young people move from our Saturday Club into the 16+ Group, we’ll provide continuity and continued support and help them to find their feet into adulthood.’

Funded by Richmond Parish Lands Charity, Hampton Fund, and BBC Children in Need and The Barnes Fund.

For more information about the 16+ Group, click here.

We are here to help. Click here to make an enquiry. ENQUIRE

Supporting the Well-Being of Dads with Disabled Children

Our Dads Who Care group has become a lifeline to fathers of profoundly disabled children. Here, James, who spoke at our recent AGM, shares how being a member of the group helps to reduce loneliness and feelings of loss. It’s difficult to put into words just how huge...

Getting Carers Talking

With Time to Talk Day taking place in February, Crossroads Care Peer Support Worker Michaella Ramini speaks to us about a new initiative to support people looking after loved-ones experiencing severe mental health issues What is this new mental health initiative? I...

Managing Mental Health when Caring for a Disabled Child

To coincide with Parent Mental Health Day this month, Fiona Mitchell explores how Crossroads Care supports the well-being of local parent carers looking after children with complex needs All parents experience some form of stress at different points in their lives,...

Come and Volunteer with us at Crossroads Care!

Crossroads Care, the charity that supports carers and the people they care for, of all ages and disability, has 24 regular volunteers who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team. While all our care support workers are paid, highly trained members of...

Our Annual General Meeting 2023!

Enormous thanks to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting yesterday held in the beautiful salon room at York House, Twickenham. We were delighted to welcome many of the carers that we support, along with our Patron Sir Vince Cable, the Mayor of Richmond Cllr...

A PAID CARER’S VOICE: The Hidden Value of Care

When Saturday Club Lead Danielle Way joined Crossroads Care as a care support worker five years ago, she wanted to make a difference, but never for a moment did she imagine just how working for the charity would enhance her life too ‘For as long as I can remember,...

The Caring Cafe: A Welcoming Place of Respite

During World Alzheimer’s Month, Fiona Mitchell explores how the Caring Café, run by Crossroads Care, has become a lifeline for people living with dementia and their carers It was more than 20 years ago that visitors attended the launch of London’s very first ‘dementia...

World Alzheimer’s Month: A Volunteer’s Story

During World Alzheimer's Month, we are saying a big thank you to former carer, service user and Crossroads volunteer Remo Grasso (pictured front, left) who has most generously supported a number of our community projects, including volunteering at our weekly Carers...

It’s Good to Talk

What a difference a Crossroads Care community respite group is making to fathers of children with often profound disabilities and special needs With all the joy that being a parent brings, it can also be a worrying time. And for those who have a child with a...

‘At Crossroads, they understand. It’s a place where you can find peace.’

Crossroads Care Richmond and Kingston upon Thames began supporting 73-year-old Han* after his son Raymond*, 46, had a cardiac arrest back in November 2020, leading to brain injury, balance and mobility  problems, as well as challenges with speech and langauge. A keen...