Carefreebreaks – Short breaks for unpaid carers

Unpaid carers make up the invisible backbone of the healthcare system, often sacrificing their own wellbeing to care for the most vulnerable members of our society. In the UK, 80% of home care is provided by unpaid carers, saving the national purse £132 billion every year. That’s the same as the entire NHS budget. With an ageing population, increased occurrence of chronic illnesses and rising health care costs, the importance of this 7 million-strong workforce has never been greater.

Working in partnership with carer support organisations and accommodation providers, Carefreebreaks match the demand for breaks with a supply of holiday cottages and hotel rooms donated by owners. Having been referred by a carer support worker, eligible carers are invited to register with Carefreebreaks and specify their preferences for a 3 or 7-night break. After choosing from a selection of properties, the carer is then linked directly to the accommodation provider to finalise the details.

To qualify for the project

● You are an unpaid carer, caring for at least 35 hours per week

● You would benefit mentally and/or physically from a break

● You can arrange interim care/respite for the period of your break

● You have the means to pay any associated costs i.e. travel, food, etc.

The offer is for a carer plus ONE adult companion (or if preferred, the carer can travel alone). The companion cannot be the person whom you care for.

The next stage of this project runs until 3rd June 2018, if you are interested in taking a break please contact Rob Danavell on 020 7708 4497 for more information.