Time out or a short break for carers

We know that caring for someone else can be hard. Sometimes having a short break, anything from just a few hours to a few weeks, can mean a lot.

Providing a break from the pressures of caring is a vital part of supporting quality of life for both carer and the person being cared for. There are a number of organisations in Swindon that can provide support to help you take some time off from your caring role. They offer advice, information and practical support to carers, and can act as a gateway to other services that can help carers to get the help and support they need.

Through the Carer Support Scheme carers can access a range of leisure and learning opportunities to help them have some time away from their caring role. This can range from pamper days to driving lessons, and even specific courses to help access a new interest. Carers may be able to access this scheme once they have undergone a Carers Assessment.

What is a carers assessment?

Carers may also be eligible for a Carers Direct Payment, which can enable you to some time to yourself and to have a break, or maybe pursue a new activity or hobby. This is also accessed via a Carers Assessment.

There are also a range of leisure and social activities aimed at carers registered with Swindon Carers Centre, this could be anything from support groups and pamper days to craft sessions and coffee mornings.