We know that taking on a caring role is a marathon, not a sprint and respite is a hugely important for carers wellbeing. The Association of Carers offers free weekly respite giving carers the opportunity to have some time away from their caring role.
A few hours respite each week can be a huge benefit to both the carer and the person they care for, allowing time to socialise and stay connected, and giving the carer time out of what can be a challenging role.
If you are in a caring role, The Association of Carers offers three hours respite each week at a regular, set time, so that you can look forward to your break and plan what you want to do.
During this time the person who is being looked after can spend time with a vetted volunteer who has similar interests and experiences, allowing you to enjoy your own time while knowing the person you care for is in safe hands and good company.
The Association of Carers can not offer personal care, for example, manual handling, giving medications, assisting with toileting, pushing wheelchairs. If the person you care for has a mental health challenges or severe mental illness, the Association of Carers ask that you call them first and have a chat with Louise to see if there's a suitable and available volunteer.
Call 01424 722309 for more information, or visit their website: https://associationofcarers.org.uk/what-we-do/respite-and-befriending