This inspirational collection of stories demonstrates the transformational impact that small amounts of money can have on the lives of carers and those they care for. They break the mould of what a short break could look like. Written in the carers own words, each highlights the difference a tiny Short Breaks Fund grant has made to their caring situation. The stories range from describing the impact a typical short holiday break can make but significantly they also demonstrate that a short break can happen within and around the carer’s home with amazing benefits. Our thanks go to the carers for agreeing to have their story published and for taking the time to speak with Mike Nicholson, author and writer, who has skilfully transcribed their words to reflect the impact the break has had.
We know carers often require considerable support and encouragement to ask for a break. Others find it difficult to decide what it is that they want from a short break; they don’t always know what to ask for because they don’t know what they can ask for. The hope is that these stories will help carers realise that it is alright for them to take a time out for themselves and to inspire different ideas about how they might make the most of this time.
You can download the collection of people’s stories as a whole here or as individual stories by clicking on the images below.
You can also find more examples in our Short Breaks Planner section of the website – here