A break from caring

Everybody needs some time to themselves whether it's for an hour, a day or a week. This is especially true for carers - caring can be exhausting.

Getting time for yourself can be good for both you and the person you care for. It is meant to give you time off from your caring role and enable you to do something that you want to do for yourself.

To help you to take time out from caring for your loved one or friend, several organisations in Redbridge provide services to support you.

Redbridge Carers Support Service

It provides support to informal carers. They hold community drop-in sessions and self-help groups where carers can meet each other, offer free complimentary therapies for carers and organise regular activities as well as events and social opportunities.

Visit Redbridge Carers Support Service website

Carers Trust

A respite service to carers of all ages is provided by Carers Trust Epping Forest, Harlow, Havering & Redbridge Crossroads Carers Service. An experienced and trained support worker will take over from you giving you a break from your caring role. Crossroads Care will talk to you about what sort of support you need, when it is best to visit and how long each visit should be.

Visit Carers Trust website

Redbridge Respite Care Association (RRCA)

Supports people with a mental illness including dementia and their carers by providing regular visits by paid workers. Trained staff will visit you at home and provide both practical and emotional support. RRCA also runs a day care centre for people with dementia. For more information contact 020 8599 0151.

There are also a number of national and voluntary organisations that can provide you with information and advice on how to take a break from your caring responsibilities. See the useful links section at the bottom of the page.

Find out more about leisure and social activities in Redbridge and accessible transport.

Getting out and about section

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Carers assessment, Young carers, Employment and learning, Emotional support, Financial support, Planning for an emergency, Getting out and about

External websites: Redbridge Carers Support ServiceCarers Trust Epping Forest, Harlow, Havering & Redbridge Crossroads Carers ServiceCarers Direct (NHS Choices)Vitalise