Our goal is for every full-time unpaid carer to have access to a short break.
In the UK, 80% of home care is unpaid. It is provided by a hidden workforce of 9 million remarkable individuals, 2 million of whom provide full-time care. Their contribution to the public sector is worth a staggering £132 billion each year, equivalent to the entire NHS budget, yet the tendency is to see them as somehow different from other frontline workers.
In truth, unpaid carers are an integral, vital and irreplaceable part of the system. They experience many of the same pressures as their salaried counterparts and their need for support is every bit as great. Without adequate help from the state, caring for someone takes its toll. The majority of carers develop health problems of their own. Many struggle to make ends meet. To make matters worse, most of them rarely take a break.
So what can be done about it?
no break for 5 years
unsold hotel rooms in UK every week
low season vacancy for holiday cottages
potential 3-night breaks each year
The answer is alchemy.
Excess capacity is a fact of life for every hotel and holiday cottage owner, but unsold rooms don’t have to lose their value. On the contrary, every vacancy is a break waiting to happen.
Carefree’s groundbreaking model enables accommodation providers to see surplus inventory not as a loss but as an opportunity, turning empty rooms into priceless short breaks for those in need of respite.
It’s a simple transformation with a powerful impact; one that is felt not only in the lives of carers but which reverberates throughout the entire social care sector that relies so heavily on their selfless work and indomitable spirit.
How it works
We build partnerships across the business and social sectors, employing easy-to-use, flexible technology to mobilise a network of support for those in need:
- Hospitality Partners are able to donate rooms through our BOOKING PLATFORM
- Community Partners are able to refer registered carers using our REFERRAL TOOL
- Unregistered carers can apply directly using our REFERRAL TOOL
- Once verified, carers receive a CAREFREE ID and are invited to choose a break on our BOOKING PLATFORM
- We provide multiple channels of customer support and online MEMBER SPACES for all of our users
carers report improved wellbeing
community partners report increased access to breaks
carers would not have had a break without our help
The impact of a break on a carer’s wellbeing is tremendous, but it doesn’t end there. By joining forces with the business and social care sectors we are not only demonstrating a new way to tackle complex social challenges, we are also building resilience in a system that is overstretched and under-resourced.
The changes that we make now will shape the social care landscape for years to come and, as all of us will either give or receive care at some point in our lifetime, those changes have a particular significance for us all.
This is your story. Or has been. Or will be.
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See Carefree in action
Carefree is a genius concept. Simple, effective and highly motivational. You should get involved if you possibly can.
This is not just about carers. It’s about our whole society and our community all giving something back.
As a business trusted to deliver great travel experiences, our partnership with Carefree is a natural fit. Their mission and drive are phenomenal. We love them.
Priceless and perfect.
This innovative social intervention is a wonderful way of saying ‘thank you’ to carers. It’s something we should all get behind.