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With so many activities, attractions and things to do in your area how do you find out what is happening in your local community.

VOCAL Wee Breaks provides a directory of activities, attractions, clubs, events and groups across Edinburgh, The Lothians’ and wider Scotland.

Support groups can be an ideal way of sharing and understanding what you are going through as a carer. Groups vary in what they offer, some being condition specific others; more relaxed and about getting together and supporting each.

It is also really important to look after your physical health.  With so many options including; dance, individual and team sports, fitness classes, community gardening, cycling and walks as well as live events and music concerts take some time out for you to re-energise and unwind!

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Ageing Well – Activities for over 50s

Midlothian

An opportunity to improve your mental health and well-being by keeping active. Meet others with simi...
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Sports & Leisure Activities Midlothian

Midlothian

A full programe of sports and leisure activities for all ages, including classes, lessons, and open activit...
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Sports & Leisure Activities Midlothian

Midlothian

A full programe of sports and leisure activities for all ages in Midlothian, including classes, lessons, an...
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Dalkeith D Café

Midlothian

The Cafe offers a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment for people with dementia and their carer...
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Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours

Edinburgh

See Edinburgh through the eyes of our expert storytellers at Mercat Tours. Founded by a history teacher wit...
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Aquatic Learning

Aquatic Learning Ltd

Edinburgh

Lessons are available for all levels from pre-school to swim club preparation. Small class sizes with the t...
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Drake Music Scotland

Edinburgh

Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading charity creating opportunities for children and adults wit...
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People Dancing

Edinburgh

People Dancing offers classes for people with Parkinsons in a supportive environment with a pianist to enco...
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Artlink Thursday LIVE

Midlothian

A series of weekly live music concerts for adults with learning disabilities run by Artlink and held at Che...
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Movie and Chat

Midlothian

A fun movie date for people with dementia, their family and their carers. Watch some old classic movies mix...
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Phoenix Club

Midlothian

The Phoenix Club is for anyone who is considered to have additional support needs and would benefit from th...
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Loanhead Miners Social Club

Midlothian

A social club open to everyone offering a range of activities including; live music, dancing, bingo, Salsa,...
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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