About Wee Breaks
Becoming a carer affects us all in different ways. Whether you felt you had a choice about it or were thrown into because of circumstances there is no doubt that caring can be difficult at times. You may love the person you care for but the daily responsibility of attending to their needs may mean that your own needs are often neglected.
Remember when you had time to meet people, go out or do whatever it was you used to enjoy doing? Leisure time is often the first thing that disappears for carers and the last thing they have time for, and yet it is one of the best stress relievers.
We are here to help you take some ‘time out’ for yourself and help you find and create the right break for you – from a few hours to a few weeks. We can spend time with you to think about what would be best for you and how to make this a reality. Times are changing with the introduction of self directed support and we will be here to help you make this work for you.
Wee Break Midlothian is run by VOCAL – the carer’s centre in Midlothian. It works in conjunction with a number of agencies within Midlothian, including the Adult and Community Care Team.
We aim to support unpaid carers, the people they care for and local practitioners to co-produce, flexible quality breaks and improved access to respite services and opportunities.
We aim to do this through providing 3 services:
- Information resource – a co-ordination point for information on the options available to carers for short breaks.
- Practitioner support – working in partnership with health and social care practitioners to assess, plan, deliver and review short breaks for individuals carers based on outcome focused practice.
- Carer Support – 1:1 practical and emotional support to create short breaks which will contribute to achieving their personal outcomes. As a result of the support offered by the Short Breaks Bureau the aim is that carers will achieve one or more of the following personal outcomes.
– being better informed about issues linked to their caring role
– improved confidence in their ability to shape services and support
– improved confidence in managing their caring role
– improved physical and mental wellbeing
– improved confidence in their ability to deal with the changing relationships resulting from the caring role
– improved social wellbeing
– improved economic wellbeing
– improved personal safety in relation to their caring role
If you are a carer or you are supporting a carer then get in touch to see how we can support you.
You can download a copy of our report from Oct 2013 – Oct 2015 here