Short Breaks

Breaks are vital to a carers wellbeing and quality of life

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A short break can give carers

  • A break from their caring role
  • Something to look forward to
  • Some time to themselves

Caring means something different for everyone, but one thing that carers tell us all the time is that they cannot keep going without a break.

Carers providing 50 plus hours per week are twice more likely to experience ill-health.

Source: Carers Trust

Our staff can work with you to identify suitable break options.

A short break does not necessarily have to be a break away from the home.  Carers can choose the break which suits them best.  Some examples of short breaks we have provided include sporting equipment, treatments and vouchers for carers to enjoy hobbies.

If you’re a carer and would like a break, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

How to apply

It’s very easy to apply for a short break!

You can either:
  • Call Dundee Carers Centre on 01382 200422 and ask to be referred to the Short Breaks Team
  • Email [email protected] with your name, address, and contact details
The Short Breaks Team will then contact you to discuss your caring role and the best short break option for you.
If you have any questions you can contact us as above, and the Short Breaks Team will be happy to help.

Shared Care Scotland is a national charity that works to improve the quality, choice and availability of short break (respite care) provision across Scotland.

You can search their national database of short breaks and accommodation on their website at

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Carers Voice

You guys have been absolutely amazing and changed my life . . . thank you so much!”

Carer who received Short Breaks funding
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