Respitality (respite breaks + hospitality) is a project which seeks to make connections between local organisations that support unpaid carers, and local hospitality providers such as hotels, guest houses, leisure clubs, etc.
Respitality began in the USA where it is now becoming well established. In the State of New Hampshire their Respitality programme has delivered over 4,000 breaks to care givers.
The idea is that local hotels, for example, are able to make a ‘gift’ of an overnight stay to a carer (plus companion) so they can have a short break away from the often heavy demands of their caring responsibilities, to recharge their batteries and have some ‘me time’.
Another example might be the gift of a day-pass to a leisure club or spa, or a voucher for dinner for two – there are potentially lots of possibilities.
Generally these ‘gifts’ are offered in the quieter, shoulder season – later autumn and early winter – when there is capacity.
Through recognition certificates, presentation events, media interest and promotional campaigns – Respitality can help providers to increase awareness of their business.
After a successful pilot in Fife, 2015 sees Respitality being introduced in further 4 regions across Scotland; Falkirk, Dumfries & Galloway, Lanarkshire, Midlothian.
- You can read about the Respitality Projects here
- If you are running a Respitality project you can download Resources for Respitality projects here
Find out more about how Respitality works in this short video from an American Respitality project
To find out more about our Respitality programme, please contact our Respitality Developer – Gill Brittle
- Telephone: 01383 622462
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter – @respitality https://twitter.com/respitality
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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RespitalityScotland