Welcome to Crossroads Caring for Carers, celebrating 25 years of Caring for Carers

Crossroads Caring for Carers is a professional well respected charity, established in 1993 to provide direct support services to carers and the people they care for across the Barnsley Borough.

About Us

There are some 6 million people in Britain who care for others.

Many of them reach a turning point, a ‘crossroads’ at which they feel they need help, where they simply need a break or more regular support.

This is what Crossroads Caring for Carers offers.

Our carer support workers are paid, trained staff, trained to deliver a high quality service which enables carers to:


Pursue a hobby/study

Meet friends

Carry on working

Take a holiday

Our Services


Our services are flexible to meet individual needs and can be provided on a regular or more occasional basis.


Whatever your needs are our staff will support you to do this by carrying out tasks for and with the person with care needs.


We are registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission whose role is to ensure all providers of care services meet essential standards.

We are audited and assessed for Quality and assurance by our Local Authority and are on their accredited list of care providers.

We are also reviewed and assessed against Crossroads own quality evaluation system which is equivalent to PQASSO

*Arnold is one of our clients and was very keen to be included on our new website!

You can have peace of mind knowing that the person you care for is being well looked after. This may include a range of care tasks:

This list is not exhaustive and any request will be considered when we visit your home to design your individual plan of care.

How to request a service

When you phone or call in to the office, one of our friendly care team will be happy to give you information on all aspects of our service.

If you decide to go ahead an appointment will be made at your convenience to visit you and the person you care for to discuss and plan both your needs. The finished care plan will reflect the outcomes expected by you.

We take pride in matching the most suitable members of staff to you which will get our care journey together off to the best possible start.

We will review the service we are providing to ensure your needs are being met.

Questionnaires are sent out yearly to ask your views of the service, what it means to you and how we can improve.


As a charity we care for people not profit.


In order to provide a quality service which is consistent and meets the needs of our carers and the people they care for, we do the following:

Give new staff a comprehensive induction which includes an introduction to the standards we require.

Please visit our Social Care Academy Website

This is based on the Skills for Care Common Induction Standards which include:

Staff will also be trained in specialised areas to enhance the skills required to better care and understand a person’s illness/ disability and/or to carry out a specialised task.

All our Carer Support Workers have or are in the process of studying for their National Vocational Qualification level 2 or 3 and more recently the Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Training is updated in line with the standards required.

Management staff are supported to gain the relevant qualifications relating to their role and to provide the expertise required to run a quality service.

Friends Against Scams

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams. 

To help in this work Diane is currently putting this plan into action by raising awareness in the communities of Barnsley.  She is raising awareness of the types of scams that are constantly emerging, how to recognise scams, how to avoid being scammed and how to report scams.   

Diane is committed to this work and will continue this work throughout Barnsley.  

If you want her to attend any social groups (free of charge as it is being funded by the PCC) or require any further information (65+ or vulnerable adults) please contact her on: 


Email:  Dianea@crossroadsbsly.co.uk. 

Diane Arkwright, Marketing & Development Officer for Crossroads Social Care Academy is a qualified SCAMchampion.  As a SCAMchampion Diane wants to do more to tackle the ongoing threats from scammers alongside the work of Friends Against Scams.  Take a look at the work of Friends against Scams https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/. 

Cyber criminals often see the vulnerable and elderly as easy targets for their offending, but this type of crime can happen to any of us at any time, and can leave victims feeling embarrassed and reluctant to report incidents to the police or even tell their family or friends. 

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Dr Alan Billings has made it a priority in his 3 year plan Police and Crime Plan – South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk) 

to ‘protect vulnerable adults’ and ‘tackle crime’.  He wants to be proactive with his office and other organisations in highlighting the dangers of scams to both the public and businesses.

Quality Standard Survey 2023


Survey conducted via feedback collated via form email and independent surveyor via phone call over a period of 6 weeks. 85 % responses out of 98 sent out received by dateline.

Concerning care plan and assessment on Crossroads services, 90% fully satisfied. Half of feedback received understood context of survey and was satisfied with our review policy. 85 % very pleased on carer management and met service expectations. 12 % did not respond. 3 % were dissatisfied (Carers Assessment).

On overall operational efficiencies and after caring hour reliability 92 % were extremely satisfied with our response time and addressing their concerns.

On service reliability, precautionary measures, and overall care receiver’s safety we received 86 % positive feedback.

On the question of service ‘value for money’ and Crossroad’s service recommendations 75 % were fully satisfied. 25 % were happy with our services. There was no negative feedback for this category.

Only 1 had suggestion to make when asked for improvements or suggestions. Rest was fully satisfied with our services. To substantiate the above have attached here with latest testimony from one of our care receiver’s family. It embodies “everything is spot on, the carers are excellent, would give them 110%”.

Our Team

Crossroads Caring for Carers has a dedicated team and everyone is as important as the next person.

We would like you to meet some of the team...

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