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VOCAL Wee Breaks works with local and national hospitality, tourism and leisure providers to gift in kind breaks and experiences for carers to take advantage of.  This gives you the opportunity to try something new, reconnect with family and friends or simply take a break from the daily caring routine with or without the person you care for.

You can search what breaks and experiences are available below; and if you are interested in any of the breaks please note your interest online via the ‘request break’ buttons, and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your suitability for the break.

VOCAL working in partnership with Shared Cared Scotland to deliver Respitality breaks to carers throughout Scotland.

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Nigel John Photographer

Photography Fundamentals with Nigel John

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Activities
  • Virtual/ Online
  Photographs capture moments in time, special places and loved ones. They become cherished pos...
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Cook a Long

Cook A Long – Intro to Sweet Tartlets with Flora Shedden

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Activities
  • Virtual/ Online
  It is hard to beat the smell of home baking wafting through from the kitchen and the satisfac...
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V&A Dundee Logo

Explore how Scotland’s first design museum came into being with V&A Dundee

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Activities
  • Virtual/ Online
Join Peter Nurick, Communities Producer at V&A Dundee to explore how Scotland’s first design museum c...
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Cooking by Fire with Ruaridh Emslie

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Activities
  • Virtual/ Online
Fed up of a few burnt burgers & crispy sausages on the BBQ? How about learning how to cook on op...
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Dynamic Earth Online: Beginner’s Guide to Stargazing!

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Tour
  • Virtual/ Online
Join Dynamic Earth’s resident astronomer for some top tips on stargazing – from the com...
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Soap Making for Beginners with Dook

Soap Making for Beginners with Dook

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Activities
  • Virtual/ Online
  Pouring soap is deeply hypnotic and satisfying, whilst the selecting of fragrance, colour and...
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Dynamic Earth Logo

Dynamic Earth

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Tickets
  • Tour
Visit Dynamic Earth – from 8 May 2021 (Sat/ Sun) A visit to Dynamic Ea...
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Carefree Logo

Carefree Breaks from caring

UK

  • Accommodation
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Fort Douglas Adventure Park

Midlothian

  • Outdoor Activity
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions these tickets are currently suspended until further notice. ...
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Eat Out to Chill Out – Carers Lunch

Midlothian

  • Meal Out
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions this break is currently suspended until further notice. ...
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Coffee & Cake – Time off from Caring

Midlothian

  • Outing
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions this break is currently suspended until further notice. ...
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Rosslyn Chapel Tours

Midlothian

  • Tour
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions this break is currently suspended until further notice. ...
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Testimonials

“Good to meet up with other carers and share the experience of visiting Edinburgh Castle. Life is sometimes a monotonous routine where we do the same things over and over again-great to have something totally different and stimulating!
The trip to Edinburgh Castle was great for my social well-being and getting out; I really enjoyed the outing and having time to socialize and found the guided tour very informative.”

Edinburgh Castle

“I look after my mother who has early dementia and was struggling to cope with the changing relationships with my mother and also other siblings.  The break away to Pittenween Cottage in Fife came just at the right time -it was a life saver!

The weather was beautiful, my sister and I went for a walk along the coast; the sun and views were stunning and we also spent an afternoon at the cinema.  The break has really helped to bring my sister and me closer together and I am now trying to make more time for me.”

Pittenween Cottage, Fife

“I care for my son alone who has Asperger’s and depression, I often feel isolated and have had some financial difficulties which makes take a break and enjoying hobbies very difficult.
I had a fantastic time at Pitlochry Cottage and found the area very beautiful, it was so quiet and relaxing and I was able to do some reading and walking in the surrounding area.I didn’t cook at all and enjoyed the local take away!
I am feeling incredibly positive about all that is going on now and feel able to manage things better, the break came at exactly the right time and I was really able to enjoy my time away.”

Pitlochry Cottage

“I care for my daughter with mental health challenges balancing my caring role for her with working full time which I find difficult and a challenge as I don’t often want to leave her alone for long or be too far away in case she needs me.
When the opportunity for a meal and passes to Gala Bingo came up I jumped at the chance, it was something local and not too far away from home. My friend and I had a lovely meal and game of bingo. We didn’t win, although I shouted by mistake, but it was a great night –I haven’t laughed like that for a long time!”

Gala Bingo, Meadowbank