Short Breaks and Holidays for Carers
When the weather is cold and miserable, what better way to lift your spirits than to start planning a short break or a holiday? But when you’re a Carer, it isn’t that easy to make plans or to even afford a break. Here are some organisations that offer Carer breaks and funding for Carer breaks.
Carefree is a national organisation that sources hotel breaks for Carers. To be eligible for this, you will need to be a Carer caring for someone for 35+plus hours a week and will only need to pay an admin fee of £25.00.
You can get up to 2 nights break including breakfast, anywhere in the UK and there are lots of local hotels where you could also just take advantage of a night away without worrying about transport or being too far away. You can self-refer online or contact Birmingham Carers Hub to make a referral for you.
The charity Sense, offers accessible holidays for people with complex disabilities, including deafness and blindness and this year celebrates 50 years of running holidays for disabled people in the UK!
Sense Holidays are for people aged 8 and over who have complex communication. That could mean that you have:
- Sensory impairment
- Learning disability
- Physical disability
This isn’t an exhaustive list. There’s no upper age limit on Sense Holidays – they are available for children and adults. There are holidays that are filled with adventure, and activities, or enjoy staying in a cosy cottage in the countryside.
How much do Sense Holidays cost?
The cost of each holiday is included in the listing. Costs are normally between £400 to £800. You will also need to get yourself to and from your holiday venue so please keep this in mind when making your choices.
When you accept an offer of a place on a Sense Holiday, you’ll be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of £200. This will be deducted from the overall cost of your holiday with the balance paid in full by the end of June. Sense Holidays Grant application forms will be made available with all holiday place offers. Further information is available here.
How to apply for a Sense Holiday
If you’re interested in a Sense Holiday, you should apply as early as possible – places fill up quickly! The deadline to complete and submit your holiday application form is Wednesday 31 January 2024.
Funded by the Department for Education and managed by Family Fund, the Support for Families with Disabled Children (SFDC) programme provides a wide range of grant items to families in England on a low-income, who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person.
Family Fund works with a selection of partners in the UK to offer family break grants to suit your family’s individual needs. Choose from a range of accessible, fun and scenic breaks in the UK, or overseas, so you can spend quality time together as a family.
When applying, please include as much information as possible about the type of break you’d like as a family and the difference it will make to the child or young person you’re applying for. Please note that you cannot apply for a grant for breaks that you’ve already booked.
As well as family breaks and days out, Family Fund also offers grants towards:
- Computers and tablets
- Sensory toys
- Games, books and music
- Games consoles
- Clubs, hobbies and activities
- Specialist trikes/bikes
- Outdoor play
- Kitchen appliances
- Furniture and household
- Garden improvements
- Driving ambitions
Carer Friendly Card
The Forward Carers Carer Friendly Card has the benefit of giving you access to many discounts and offers, both online and in person. Find many exclusive offers on the discount directory, many more online offers are available through our partner Discount for Carers. These offers include holiday providers along with other wonderful offers. You can purchase a physical Carer Friendly Card, or you can access the digital card for free via Bridget.