Christine Stanbridge: Carers Adviser
Christine joined Carers Oxfordshire as an Outreach Worker in 2011. She has worked with unpaid carers for over 25 years and started at the Carers Centre in Banbury, Oxfordshire in 1994. She is now a Carer Adviser for North Oxfordshire (including Banbury & Chipping Norton).
Christine is particularly experienced in working with carers of people with long-term conditions. This is due to her personal experience caring for her parents at different times and seeing them care for each other “I have a life-long awareness of caring. Since the age of six, I helped my parents with small things around the house following my father’s sudden illness. As they got older, and I was no longer living nearby I helped and supported them from a distance and frequent visits. I understand how difficult it can be supporting people when you are not on their doorstep.” Christine also has experience in Dementia care and has a very good understanding of it.
She volunteered on the committee at Deddington Day Centre for 20 years providing support and respite for unpaid carers, until it closed in 2022. She chaired the committee for several years and supported fundraising. The centre provided respite for carers, somewhere where the person they care for could go, so they can have a break for a day.
“As a Carer Adviser, I am able to help and support people and make a difference. I give carers information and tips to help them continue to care and a listening ear. I encourage people to keep in touch and attend support groups, if possible, to connect with other carers, share their feelings, and pick up tips from other carers, it’s really valuable.”
Christine works 9 am – 5 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.