Our Time for a Break service aims to help you get a break from your caring role. For some carers, this will mean we can help you find groups or activities at which you can forget your caring for a few hours. In other cases we may be able to give you a small grant to enable you to take a break.

To use this service, you should ring our Carer Advisor team on 0114 272 8362. The Advisor will talk to you about your caring situation, how it is affecting your life, and what may help you to continue caring. It may be that one of the ways of helping you is to support you to have a break.  This does not always mean going away.  For example, for some it may be a little regular time and space alone, or support to enjoy a hobby or sport, going to the cinema to see a film, or a night out.

We have now appointed a new Time for a Break Respite Co-ordinator, who will be looking at ways to use the funds that are available to help as many carers as possible have the break that they need, where they could not otherwise do so. We also aim to expand the options available, to offer greater flexibility to find a way of having a break that fits individual needs and circumstances.  We recognise how important it is for carers to have some time for themselves, and how difficult that can sometimes be.