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As part of your break planning there are a number of things you might want to consider including; activities and things to do, emergency planning, replacement care, equipment hire, travel and funding to mention but a few.

At VOCAL Wee Breaks we are committed to ‘Make it Happen’ for you!

Supporting you through each stage of planning your break and time away from your caring role and daily routines.  VOCAL can help you to put into place the essential support and mechanisms to make your break as enjoyable, relaxing and rejuvenating as possible.

Use the VOCAL Wee Breaks directory here to start planning your break today or contact the Carer Support Team in Edinburgh or Midlothian.

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Centre Parcs

Cumbria

Happy and hassle-free – the way it should be ...

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Parkside Guest House

Edinburgh

Parkside is a small boutique Victorian guesthou...

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Little Swinton Cottage

Scottish Borders

Situated in a very peaceful location in the Sco...

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Glamis House Leonard Cheshire

Fife

Accessible holidays for adults aged 18 to 65 ye...

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Hansel Respite Services

Symington

Support for the person you care for on the brea...

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Auchlochan Village

South Lanarkshire

Holiday accommodation within a retirement villa...

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Aberlour Options

Stirling

Aberlour Options aim to make life easier for fa...

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Euan’s Guide

Edinburgh

Euan’s Guide is a listings and review website...

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Jumbulance Trust

UK Wide

The Jumbulance Trust is a small, national chari...

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Can be Done

UK Wide

Can Be Done can support you to book a holiday o...

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Enable Holidays

UK Wide

Enable Holidays support adults with additional ...

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Springfield Bank Care Home

Midlothian

A nursing home that can offer short term care. ...

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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