Carefreebreaks have successfully been providing free short breaks for unpaid carers in England and are now expanding to Scotland. We’re pleased they have chosen PKAVS Carers Hub to help facilitate the offers and look forward to being able to offer more choice for carers to have a short break.
Carefreebreaks offers 3-night or 7-night breaks for UNPAID CARERS in rental accommodation such as holiday cottages or hotels donated by owners and operators, usually during the low season or mid-week. The scheme is specifically designed to give the carer a break from their caring responsibilities. A carer may invite someone to accompany them on the break but NOT the person that they care for.
Conditions of Carefreebreaks:
How it works:
Carefreebreaks match the demand for breaks with a supply of accommodation donated by owners and operators during the low season or mid-week. The breaks matched will take place between beginning of March to 3rd June (excluding Easter and half term holidays).
Carers can only register with Carefreebreaks if they have been referred by a carer support organisation. Referrals must be sent to Carefreebreaks by 16th Feb 2018.
Eligible carers are invited via email (from 19th Feb 2018 onwards) to specify their preferences for a 3 or 7-day break with ONE companion. Having chosen from a selection of accommodation, the booking request is forwarded to the provider for confirmation. It is at this point that the carer would pay the £25 registration fee online.
Currently, the most local destinations in Scotland are within a few hours drive of Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and on the North West Coast, however, if carers can travel there are options for further afield such as the West Lake District, Newmarket and the South of England.
A carer must also have access to the internet and a valid email address. If this is difficult for you please contact Marthe and we’ll see how we can help.
If you meet the criteria listed above and would like to be referred for a Carefreebreak please email Marthe.Handling@pkavs.org.uk with your contact details.
We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help us develop Respitality and help unpaid carers get well-deserved breaks!
We would love to see you all at our upcoming Coffee Morning on Saturday 24th Feb.
From 1 April 2018, a new law [Carers (Scotland) Act 2016] regarding carers will come into effect.