Urgent call for volunteers to give carers a break

August 01 2018
Urgent call for volunteers to give carers a break

The Breaks for Carers service is searching for volunteers in the Yate area where it’s got a shortage of people able to help out.

It’s looking for people over 18, who can offer 2-3 hours of their time each week during the day. 

The volunteers cover for family members, so they can take a break. Caring full time can affect their own health and well-being. 

Local carer Joan has been looking after her husband Sid, who has dementia, since 2010. Through the service, Joan and Sid were provided with a volunteer to help Joan take some time off. 

Joan said: ‘At first I was doubtful, but once the sitting sessions started it became a lifesaver. Every week I get 2 whole hours to myself. Time I can spend with friends, go shopping or for walks like I used to." 

Julie has now been sitting with Sid for several months; somebody he looks forward to seeing. She said: "We get on really well – he has lots of spirit and makes me laugh. I used to care for my mother and now I have time on my hands and want to give something back." 

Volunteers are given an induction to the role, plus regular training and support. Travel expenses are paid. 

The ‘Breaks for Carers’ service is provided by the local charity Carers Support Centre which gives support, information and advice to unpaid carers of all ages living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. 

To find out more, contact: Marilyn Crump, Sitting Service Co-ordinator on 0117 937 5622 or mobile 07722 283 672, email Marilync@carerssupportcentre.org.uk