Give yourself a breather. Time and space to look after your own wellbeing.


The importance of a break

We know all too well how challenging a full-time caring role can be, so a few days away with a partner or a friend can work wonders. It may seem like a small thing but our experience shows us that it can make a huge difference. Read a book, go for a walk, or simply catch up on some sleep. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll return home with a whole new outlook on things, refreshed and rejuvenated.


How it works

ACCOMMODATION
Thanks to the generosity of our Hospitality Partners, we are able to offer short breaks at minimal cost for full-time unpaid carers in need of some time off. There are two options:

  • HOTEL
    1-3 nights with 1 companion (adult or child). Twin or Double room. Breakfast included.
  • HOLIDAY COTTAGE
    7 nights with 1 adult companion and/or up to 2 children. Self-catering.

RESERVATIONS
Short breaks can be reserved via our online booking platform where you will find a selection of hotels and holiday cottages throughout the UK. Where, when and for how long, the choice is yours.

COSTS
There is no charge for the accommodation but you are responsible for all other costs (transport, food, travel insurance etc.) and there’s a £25 admin fee to help with the cost of operating our charity.

CARE-FREE
The short breaks initiative is specifically designed to give carers some time away from their caring responsibilities. You are welcome to take a companion with you but not the person that you care for. If you can’t go away for more than one night, that’s OK. If you want to travel alone, that’s fine too.

ELIGIBILITY
To qualify for a break you must be:

  • Aged 21 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.)
  • Please note: only one carer per household can sign up with Carefree, so if e.g. you and your partner both care for your child, only one of you should self-refer. (You will however, be able to bring a guest, which could be your partner, along with you to your break).

Get started!

You can register yourself or, if you’d like some help, you can ask to be referred by one of our Community Partners. Simply click on the relevant button below. Once we’ve validated your caring status, we’ll send you an invitation to choose a break. If you’ve got any questions, get in touch by clicking the black circle in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Register

Sign up for a break

Get a referral

Contact a Community Partner

See Carefree in action

Fred

I wouldn’t say you should do this, I would say you HAVE to do this. It’s detrimental to your health if you don’t have a break.

Fred
Unpaid carer

Jason

These breaks are so valuable. We do this because we love the people we care for but you’re no good to anybody if you’re broken.

Jason
Unpaid carer

Susan

A whole weight was lifted off my shoulders. It felt like freedom.

Susan
Unpaid carer

Carolyn

This is the best break I’ve ever had. I’m so much happier. It’s a wonderful, wonderful idea.

Carolyn
Unpaid carer

Susan

Being free of caring responsibilities for a few days has been hugely restorative. I was really struggling but I have come home feeling much more positive about everything.

Nicki
Unpaid carer

Sandra

Your world is so narrow when you are a carer, so it was wonderful to have space and freedom. It’s made me feel more balanced again, more human.

Sandra
Unpaid carer

Don

It wasn’t until we had our break that I realised just how much my mental and physical health had deteriorated. The break was a life-saver.

Don
Unpaid carer

Claire

Go for it. It does take planning but it is 100% worth it. We couldn’t be more grateful.

Claire
Unpaid carer

Don

You have to look after yourself before you can look after someone else and I think I had lost sight of that.

Phil
Unpaid carer

Don

I wish I could rewind life and go back to that weekend.

Kaffion
Unpaid carer