The Carers’ Support Centre is currently taking bookings for holidays in their luxury static caravans at two locations: the Cotswolds and Torbay in Devon.
The holidays are provided by The Carers’ Support Centre Bristol and South Gloucestershire ánd are designed for carers and their families
It is open to anyone in the UK but priority is given to local residents in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
To be eligible for the discounted carers’ rate you must be a carer providing unpaid support to a family member or friend who could not manage without you.
There must be at least one carer per booking. You can book a carers’ holiday either with or without the person you care for.
Money generated through the holiday homes goes back to The Carers’ Support Centre - a charity that provides a range of services to carers.
The holiday homes are located at Hoburne Holiday Parks and offer a fantastic range of facilities, including heated indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and steam room, kids club, soft play, nature trail and a restaurant and bar.
Both sites also have an evening entertainments programme. Participation in all of the facilities is included in the price of your holiday.
There are two and three bedroom caravans which comfortably sleep either four or six people. Larger parties may be accomodated - please check.
There are two wheelchair-friendly caravans at each site. These feature a ramp for access, wide entrance and passage, flat sliding doors, bathroom grab handles, low threshold disabled shower with seat, and movable dining furniture.
Prices may vary but a one week carers holiday costs up to £235 less a commercial holiday company.
To apply: contact The Carers’ Support Centre Tel: 0117 965 2365/0800 999 3365 Email: email@example.com
The Kiloran Trust was set up to provide "Time out" to family carers to help them recharge their batteries from full time caring.
Based in a London residence the Trust provides large ensuite rooms and communial facilities with meals provided.
The breaks run from Monday to Saturday and are available at a subsidised cost though funding may be available for those on low income.
To apply telephone: 020 7602 7404 for further information and a booking form.
The Holiday Fund provides small grants to carers to enable them to have a complete break from their caring role while the person they care for is receiving respite.
Applications for grants may only be made by a suitable professional such as a social worker or community nurse on the carer behalf.
Further details may be obtained from The Ogilvie Trust who administer the Fund at The Gate House, 9 Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4JJ, telephone: 01394 388746 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mo Mo Helps was created by the MP and Cabinet Minister Mo Mowlam to support families and carers of disabled children and recovering drug misusers.
It provides easy access to small grants up to £300 for respite care and holidays for families/carers of disabled children.
To apply contact: Andy Wragg, 18 Farmcroft Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 8QT
www.momohelps.org.uk (website out of action at present)
The Respite Association provides funding for short term respite care for carers of the disabled, sick, elderly or terminally ill.
Funding to allow the carer to have a break can vary in amounts up to an average of £400. Breaks can be for a few hours each week to time away from home. Care can take place in the person's home or in a residential care centre.
Although most applicants are referred direct by disability or care organisations individuals may apply direct using the downloadable forms on their website.
The Trust helps carers over 50 years of age who have been caring for over a year and have not had a significant break from their caring role.
You can apply yourself or someone else can nominate a carer of their behalf.
Applications will open on 1st January 2012. To obtain an application form send a stamped addressed enbvelope to: The Trust Manager, Saga Respite for Carers Trust, Enbrook Park, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3SE
The scheme is not open to professional carers.
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