During Carers Week – from 10 June to 16 June 2019 – Thurrock Adult Community College is offering free workshops for carers who are 19 years-old or older, and who help a relative or friend who is ill, disabled, elderly or in need of emotional support.
Short breaks and time out for carers
We know that caring for someone else can be hard. Sometimes having a short break – anything from just a few hours to a few weeks – can mean a lot.
Benefits can include catching up with everyday things such as:
- meeting with friends and family
- going shopping
Taking a break also give the person you care for:
- a chance to meet new people
- have a change of scenery and routine
You can find a variety of breaks during the day, evening and weekend in or away from your home.
Types of breaks
Day centres offer a range of activities for older adults living alone, with their families or carers.
Other examples of breaks include:
- sitting services and holiday care cover
- respite activities at Thurrock Carers Centre
- short residential stays for disabled adults
- short residential stays for older adults
- holidays with the person you care for
We can help carers access other leisure and learning opportunities away from their caring role. You may be eligible for a carers direct payment, which can help reduce the financial pressure of being a carer and be used towards time for yourself. To access opportunities and direct payments, you must first have a carer's assessment.
You can get more information and advice from Thurrock Carers Service – a support service provided by voluntary organisations for carers in Thurrock.
To talk about different types of break, or to ask about carer's assessments, contact us below.