Take a Break from Caring

Free support to take a break

Taking a break from your caring responsibilities is vital. Caring can be emotionally and physically demanding, so it’s important not to overlook your own needs.

We can help you have some much-deserved ‘time out’ in a number of different ways, many of which are free. You may need to have a Carers Assessment before you can access the services, but please don't let that put you off. A Carers Assessment is not an assessment of the care you provide, but a conversation we have with you to discuss the support you provide, the impact it has on your life and to discuss how we can help.

To find out more or to ask for any of these services please contact the Carers Support Service.


There's a warm welcome waiting for carers every Tuesday afternoon 2pm-4pm and every Friday morning 10am-12pm If you need some support or just need some time out for a drink and a chat, then drop in to the Carers Centre. Refreshments are provided. No need to make an appointment, just come along to CRISP Carers Centre, St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, BH4 8ER 

Beach Huts

One at Alum Chine and one Sandbanks. Hired on a daily basis throughout the year. Free to carers.

Short breaks in Devon and Weymouth

Our holiday lodges in Devon and Weymouth are available free to carers, subject to demand. You just need to complete a short application form. 

Relax at the Cinema or with a Complementary Therapy

We give you vouchers which you exchange for a range of therapies including manicure, massage, reflexology, Reiki, Pilates or trips to Odeon/Tower Park cinemas. Free. Needs a Carer's Assessment.

Subsidised Home Care

Vouchers to help you pay for home care, so that the person you care for can be looked after at home whilst you take a break. Sometimes this is referred to as 'replacement care'). Available without a Carer's Assessment, but if you have had a Carer's Assessment you may be entitled to more vouchers.

Direct Payments

Money we give you which you can put towards equipment to ease the pressures of caring responsibilities, or to pay for you to have a break. Needs a Carers Assessment.

Financial support

As a carer, you may be able to claim several benefits which could help you get a break. Carers Direct website has detailed information which can help you work out which benefits you're entitled to.

Contact Us


Carers Support Team

01202 458204


Carers Support Centre

St Ambrose Cottage
Alumhurst Road,


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