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In advance of planning your break there are a number of things you might want to consider including activities and things to do, emergency planning, replacement care, sitter services, equipment hire, travel and funding.

At VOCAL Wee Breaks we are committed to supporting you to put all the elements in place to Make it Happen for you!

Download Your Wee Breaks Planner

The Wee Breaks Planner is designed to help you reflect on your caring role and things to consider creating your perfect break.

Our team will support you through each stage of planning your break and time away from caring and daily routines from a day trip, overnight stay to time for you in the home.  We can help you to put into place the essential support and mechanisms to make your break as enjoyable, relaxing and rejuvenating as possible.

Did you know that the person you care for can take their package of care with them on a Wee Break?

Our easy to read guide takes you through the steps to enable the person you care for to transfer their package of care.

Search the directory below or contact VOCAL’ Carer Support Team in Edinburgh or Midlothian and start planning your break today!

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Centre Parcs

Cumbria

Happy and hassle-free – the way it should be Centre Parcs have various holiday villages through th...
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Parkside Guest House

Edinburgh

Parkside is a small boutique Victorian guesthouse run by Leonard Cheshire and is a perfectly situated retre...
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Little Swinton Cottage

Scottish Borders

Situated in a very peaceful location in the Scottish Borders far from the stresses and strains of modern li...
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Glamis House Leonard Cheshire

Fife

Accessible holidays for adults aged 18 to 65 years with learning and physical disabilities at ...
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Hansel Respite Services

Symington

Support for the person you care for on the break of their choice   either on their own or with a group of...
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Auchlochan Village

South Lanarkshire

Holiday accommodation within a retirement village in the countryside. ...
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Aberlour Options

Stirling

Aberlour Options aim to make life easier for families where a child has a learning and/or physical disabili...
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Euan’s Guide

Edinburgh

Euan’s Guide is a listings and review website that helps disabled people and their families know which ve...
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Jumbulance Trust

UK Wide

The Jumbulance Trust is a small, national charity which “Makes Travel Possible” for disabled and other ...
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Can be Done

UK Wide

Can Be Done can support you to book a holiday overseas. Can Be Done visit every single hotel and des...
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Enable Holidays

UK Wide

Enable Holidays support adults with additional needs to take a holiday – in the UK and abroad. Eac...
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Springfield Bank Care Home

Midlothian

A nursing home that can offer short term care. Their ‘Little Break’ stays are designed for older peop...
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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