Respite and breaks
Respite/Breaks/Time for you
Even the most dedicated carers sometimes long for some time for themselves, when they can stop, relax and think about them for a change, even if only for a little while.
For this reason, we offer a range of activities which can help carers get a break from their caring role. Most activities are just for carers, so that you get a real break from caring, but occasionally we organise activities which are open to carers and the person they care for.
For a list of current events, please see our list of events and activities.
Our organisation works closely with the Charity, Mytime, a service operating in Wigan which connects carers with local hotels, restaurants and other businesses offering free overnight stays, afternoon teas, spa days, theatre tickets, and more. The idea of the scheme is to give carers space to relax and recharge, and offer some social interaction, helping them return to their caring role with renewed energy and confidence.
We know that as a carer, looking after a family member or friend can affect your physical health and mental well-being. Having time for yourself is so important and this is the reason Mytime was developed.
We are a referral partner for the charitable organisation, Carefree.
To register for a break with Carefree, you must be a full-time unpaid carer (30+ hours per week) over the age of 21.
Further details can be found on the website https://carefreespace.org/ or by giving us a call 01942 705959, and we can make the referral on your behalf.
Grants for Carers
We may also be able to help you to apply for a grant to have a break with or without your cared for person. Please contact us for more information.