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Carers' Breaks

Having a break or taking regular time to yourself can help you to cope better with your caring role. A break can also allow you to catch up on everyday things like getting some sleep, enjoying some leisure time or visiting friends and family.

There is funding available from the NHS to allow eligible carers to take a break. This funding could be for a training course, spa break, tickets for the theatre, a visit to a leisure facility, activities such as driving lessons or horse riding lessons, weekend breaks or equipment that will help you catch up with friends and family.

For more information contact Durham County Carers Support on Tel: 0300 005 1213, or email 

Young carers

If you are a young carer contact Family Action - The Bridge Young Carer's Service on Tel: 0191 383 2520 or email

Breaks or respite care for the person you care for

If you are looking for breaks or respite care for the person you care for, Locate provides details of care and support information and services.