Where to start
Some space and time to relax and enjoy ‘normal social activities’.
What’s important to Jo?
Jo, a carer for her daughter, looks after her grandchildren. She wanted space for her family to be able to relax and unwind all year round.
What would make a good break for Jo?
She didn’t want to go away on holiday due to her own health and because once “you’ve had your holiday that’s it”. They decided to transform their garden – building a summer house and planting raised beds. They have “everything down there for the kids so we can go out and that’s us, once we are there we are there, but I didn’t think we expected it to be quite as what it is now. It’s lovely”. They have “just been bringing our chairs out here, sitting with our table and bbq in the beautiful weather we have been having, we have been having family time here. It’s brilliant, we don’t sit in the house very often now. We are always out the back, there are always things to do, it’s been beneficial to us all”
How did Jo manage to get a break?
Jo worked with her husband to plan how they would use the space. Her husband is a joiner and so was able to do the work himself. They applied for a creative breaks fund and used the award to fund wood and plants. They managed to recycle patio doors and windows from a local business.