The charities that offer free breaks to the unpaid carers in the UK and organize well-deserved stays in vacant hotel rooms and their own accommodation
- A survey found that 72% of caregivers have not taken a break during the pandemic
- The non-profit organization Carefree works with 130 hotels to arrange stays
- Other charities like After Umbrage have their own holiday homes
The lyrics inside MadonnaThe 1980s hit Holiday – “Just one day out of life / It would be so nice” – may not be the most profound, but it will resonate with many of the UK’s 10.5 million unpaid carers, many of whom are the whole day provide care day.
Carers UK, a charity whose annual surveys provide a stark glimpse into the lives of unofficial UK carers, said in its State Of Caring 2021 report that 72 per cent of respondents had not taken a break during the pandemic.
It may be convenient to blame Covid, but this is a long-standing problem: in 2017 the charity reported that 25 per cent of respondents had not had a day off in five years.
Carefree ensures that free rooms in more than 130 hotels are given to caregivers and a plus one free of charge (file photo)
So it’s good news that help is available.
Carefree is a non-profit organization that ensures vacancies in more than 130 hotels are offered free for carers and plus one on a B&B basis for up to three nights, while cottages can be booked for four to seven nights (carefreespace.org).
Other charities have their own holiday homes.
After Umbrage is offering up to four free nights at Kingham Cottage, Bath for those caring for someone with a life-limiting illness or who have been grieving for less than a year (afterumbrage.org.uk).
Several UK charities have their own holiday accommodation. The Respite Association has Joanna’s Cottage in Cornwall (pictured) and Lan y mor Hafan caravan in North Wales
After Umbrage is offering stays at Kingham Cottage, Bath (pictured) for those caring for someone with a life-limiting illness or who are less than a year old
A room in Kingham Cottage from After Umbrage
The Respite Association has Joanna’s Cottage in Cornwall and the Lan y mor Hafan caravan in North Wales, both available for a week’s accommodation sleeping four.
The charity may also fund holiday replacements (respiteassociation.org).
Honeypot offers three-night stays for childcare workers aged five to 13 during school holidays and weekends.
It has two houses – in Hampshire and Mid Wales (honeypot.org.uk).