Free short breaks for carers, including travel, accommodation and food

FREE short breaks are available for those who care for Hackney residents, including travel, accommodation, and food.

The breaks take place at a rural retreat centre in Suffolk, and offer a complete break from caring; new skills to help manage stress; the chance to make new friends; time to relax, have fun and enjoy the countryside.

They are available to carers, subject to an eligibility assessment, and dates currently available are 7-9 September; 9-11 September; 2-4 November; 4-to-6 November; and for next year include 8-10 March, 2010; and 10-12 March, 2010.

A carer is someone who provides help and support to a partner, child, parent, other relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. It does not mean a professional care-worker in a nursing home, or someone employed by a disabled person. Hackney Council provides a range of support services for carers, including free training courses; support accessing work and education opportunities; an emergency home respite service; and the Carers Card, offering concessionary rates of up to 50 per cent at Council leisure centres and discounts at local shops.

Cllr Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Hackney is committed to improving services for carers, and to valuing their important role.”

To apply for a Carers Retreat, please contact the Carers Helpline on 020 8356 5054 to request a Carer’s Assessment or email