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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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Silver Hub Studios – Jewellery Creating Session

Edinburgh

  • Activities
  • Workshop
  Silver Hub Studios...
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The Parking Lot Social (Midlothian Carers)

Midlothian

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Tickets
FREE Tickets to Parking Lot Social @ Dalkeith Country Park ...
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Virtual Dynamic Earth – 14 January 2021

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Tour
  • Virtual/ Online
Virtually Visit Dynamic Earth by Zoom – 14 January 2021, 14.00-15.00 A...
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Virtual Dynamic Earth – 9 December 2020

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Tour
  • Virtual/ Online
Virtually Visit Dynamic Earth by Zoom – 9 December 2020, 11.30-12.30 A...
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Dynamic Earth – 20 January 2021

Edinburgh / Midlothian

  • Tickets
  • Tour
Visit Dynamic Earth – 20 January 2021  A visit to Dynamic Earth is li...
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Dynamic Earth- 18 December 2020

Edinburgh / Midlothian

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  • Tour
Visit Dynamic Earth – 18 December 2020 A visit to Dynamic Earth is lik...
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Christmas at the Botanics 2020

Christmas at the Botanics (Edinburgh Carers)

Edinburgh

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Tickets
FREE Tickets for Christmas at the Botanics, illuminated trail! Enter into a ...
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Edinburgh Zoo’s – Christmas Nights (Edinburgh Carers)

Edinburgh

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Tickets
FREE Tickets for Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights! Edinburgh carers ca...
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Fort Douglas Adventure Park

Midlothian

  • Family Outdoor Activity
FREE Family Tickets for ...
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Festive Craft Workshop

Midlothian

  • Online Workshop
Join our online festive craft sessions and create some time for yourself in the run up to Christmas. As par...
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Eat Out to Chill Out – Carers Lunch

Midlothian

  • Meal Out
The past few months have been very difficult for everyone but particularly challenging for those with carin...
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Coffee & Cake – Time off from Caring

Midlothian

  • Outing
Complimentary coffee/tea & cake for two. The past few months have been very dif...
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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