Stepping Out – Short Breaks for Carers
Since 2000 Care for Carers have been developing and running ‘ Stepping Out®™ ’ short residential breaks for carers. We aim to provide a rolling programme of breaks from March to November, but depending on funding this may be more. We can cater for up to 22 carers on each break, some trips are much smaller groups of 6-8, depending on the venue and destination.
The breaks are structured, organised and managed to give each carer the type of break where they can relax and enjoy the freedom of being away from their caring responsibilities. The breaks incorporate educational, therapeutic, emotional and social support for carers. Although we provide a full programme of organised activities, these are not obligatory and carers are welcome to spend the time relaxing or doing what they would like.
Workshops vary depending on the specific break, some will include a physical activity such as Tai Chi, exercise class, guided walks, however, this will be in the description of the trip so that the carer can select the most suitable for their own needs. Other workshops may involve Mindfulness, Relaxation techniques, Confidence Building, Stress Management, Food and Nutrition, Astronomy and Space Science, Singing for relaxation or Arts and Crafts. There are often trips to places of interest and plenty of time to socialise.
Applications for places are accepted from across Scotland. We will endeavor to place the carer on the most suitable trip for their needs and availability, we ask them to give us their 1st and 2nd choices and will try where ever possible to match with one of those.
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