Call Durham:

0300 0051213

Text service:

07800 005830

Call Darlington:

0300 0301215

Funding to take a break

Taking a break and enjoying time to yourself can help you cope better with a caring role.

Funding to take a break new

The Carer Break Scheme can help you take a break from your caring role. The scheme is funded by the NHS.  The scheme is aimed at improving your health and wellbeing.

We can offer lots of different ways to help you take a break, including

  • Complementary Therapy
  • Spa day
  • Cinema and Theatre Vouchers
  • Annual passes for entry to National Trust or other attractions
  • Gardening Equipment
  • Gym Membership
  • Craft Materials
  • Football Tickets and much more. You may also be eligible to apply for driving lessons, UK holidays, accredited courses or IT equipment.

If you haven’t accessed the breaks scheme in the last few months and are feeling that you would benefit from a break from your caring role, please contact us now – Durham: 0300 005 1213, Darlington: 0300 030 1215.

What Carers have told us about their funded breaks:

“I’m almost 40 years old and recently due to poor mental health, realised I never do anything for myself. This fund has made all the difference, I feel I can now care better for my daughter”. Melissa

“This gives me an opportunity to get a day away from the usual stresses of the daily routine of being a Carer and allows me to be pampered and looked after for a change”. Mairi

“Carers Allowance is so small there is nothing left for extras such as exercise classes or getting a massage. I am sure I am not the only one to give up a well-paid career to look after a loved one. It is a constant battle to keep yourself afloat. So, any help is like a life raft. Many thanks”. Rose

“Thank you for the help. This tablet I received will enable me to join in with zoom classes to keep me in touch and be able to do exercise classes which will reduce my stress levels and have time for me. Thanks again I really appreciate it”. Christine