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Holiday Grants for Carers

After Umbrage

After Umbrage provides free short breaks for anyone who has been looking after family members or loved ones with a life limiting condition.

It is also able to offer breaks to carers within their first 12 months of bereavement.

After Umbrage has the use of Kingham Cottage, near Bath in a peaceful and quiet setting.  The cottage sleeps 4.

To book a get away download the referral forms from the website for signing by your local hospice or GP.  Once signed return to:PO Box 1310, Oundle, Peterborough, PE 2PE

A £50 deposit is required.

Carefree Space

Carefree helps full-time unpaid carers have access to a short break.

The charity achieves this by using technology for hotels and holiday cottage owners to turn their unsold rooms into short breaks for those in need of respite care.

Hospitality providers donate rooms through a booking platform.  Community Partners  (Local Authorities, Carer support and other community organisations) are able to register to refer carers in need of a break. 

Unregistered carers can apply directly using the Referral Tool.  Carers simply need to register and enter new carer details.  Only one carer per household can be registered with Carefree.


  • Aged 18 or over
  • Full-time unpaid carer (30+ hours per week)
  • Able to arrange interim care
  • Able to pay for extras (admin fee, transport, food, travel insurance etc.).

There is a £25 admin fee for each carer registered.  This cost may be covered by the Community Partners.  Carers only need to pay once they have found a suitable break and are ready to make the booking.

To apply: complete the registration form.

Margaret Champney Rest and Holiday Fund

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 website.

The Respite Association

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.

It also has two caravans available for carers to have free respite break without the person they care for.  

The caravans are not adapted. Download an application form to apply.

Victoria Convalescent Trust

The Victoria Convalescent Trust makes grants to fund or part fund short breaks for carers of any age living in England and Wales.

Short breaks are normally taken with registered specialist provides.  Though it will consider funding for other facilities such as residential camps, hotels chalets and lodges.

Applications must be made by a suitably qualified professional or advice service.

To apply: complete the online application form.

Other Holidays for Carers

The Doris South Carers Haven

The Doris South Carers Haven in Seaton, South Devon is available for carers to use for a one week retreat.

The bungalow sleeps four people. It is not suitable for wheelchair users.

The rates range from £442 a week in low season to £607 a week in high season with a 20% discount for Carers nationally and for family & friends of local residents.

A returnable holiday rental damage bond of £100 is also required.

A GP’s referral required for Carers nationally. 

Further information and a booking form can be obtained from:

The Bungalow Manager - Email:

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