CARERS are among the most vital people in society.
And for many, it is a role they love doing.
But what about those who don’t view it as a job?
Those people whose lives are transformed overnight into being there 24/7 for their loved ones.
What happens to them in the long run?
Where is their help and support to aid their daily routine?
Enter a company like Crossroads.
Named after the television soap, this Scottish charity has branches all over the country.
In South Ayrshire, around 125 people use the service.
All of them carers in need of some ‘me’ time.
Service co-ordinator, Sarah Wilson, explains: “The difference with our service is that it’s all about the carer.
“Sometimes they can become isolated and everyday tasks like doing the shopping can be a problem.
“We fit in with their schedule and offer them a few hours to get out and do what they need to do.
“It can be simple things like the shopping or just catching up with friends.
“A carer’s needs are hugely important.”
Prestwick couple Bill and Ada Corns are a prime example of how the service can be a winner.
Bill, who lost his sight in 1984, has since relied on his doting wife to provide round the clock care.
And he admits that without her support, he would have been lost on his journey through life.
Bill said: “I wouldn’t be able to function without this woman.
“I’m just delighted she gets the chance to have a few hours out of the house thanks to Crossroads and we make great use of the service.”
That is made possible thanks to a care assistant visiting Bill while his wife is out of the house.
And Ada said: “I don’t go out a lot but it’s great to have the service there.”
Service manager Lois Martin added: “We have 45 staff who are all part time, and many have been with us for a number of years.
“It’s the kind of job that requires a very caring person, but once you’re in this field you find that people will tend to stay for a long time.”
The group is based at Prestwick’s Biggart Hospital and serves clients free of charge throughout South Ayrshire.
Contact 01292 671331 for information on the charity and its services.