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At VOCAL Wee Breaks we are committed to supporting you to put all the elements in place to enjoy your break be that something in the home, locally or further afield. We can help you to consider and make arrangement including; activities and things to do, emergency planning, replacement care, sitter services, equipment hire, travel and funding.

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 ideal break and time away from daily routines. Our team can support you to explore what would make an ideal break for you, what your enjoy and also put into place the essential supports that may be needed for the person you carer for.

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.

Use the directory below to search places to go, accessible accommodation, break support and more.  You can also contact our Carer Support Teams for advice and start planning your break today!

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Altogether Travel


Since 2011, Altogether Travel have been providing bespoke travel and holiday experiences for adults with va...
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Dementia Adventure


Dementia Adventure supports people living with dementia and a companion (carer, relative, friend or partner...
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Centre Parcs


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


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


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


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


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


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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“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

Norma has a dual-caring role, supporting her daughter and her gran. Norma’s daughter Annie has autism and global development delay. Annie is developmentally at the age of a much younger child, similar to a 1 or 2 year old. Her mum helps her with personal and unfortunately Annie has arthritis so can be in pain a lot.

Annie needs constant care and support around the clock, and is non-verbal. Norma explains:

“She loves music and when often communicate through a sing-a-long! Sometimes she does object to my singing though! She loves anything sensory and loves trying new things and activities.”

Norma also cares for her gran who has Alzheimer’s disease, assisting with everything day to day, from shopping and appointments to bills and housework. Norma’s gran’s condition has worsened over the past few years and the challenges she was facing led her to contact VOCAL.

Lindsey, one of our Carer Support Practitioners, has supported Norma throughout her caring journey. She told Norma about the Wee Breaks fund and they worked together to apply for a break. Norma adds:

“I applied for funding as I wasn’t able to afford a break and I got to a point last year where I couldn’t spend time with my other two children due to Annie’s needs taking over every part of my life. Both me and my two boys – Annie’s brothers – all needed a well-deserved break.”

Norma and her two sons went away for the weekend to Perth, staying at a hotel and enjoying all the local sights. They even went to a horror show at Scone Palace! Norma said:

“The break was a huge surprise for them. We stayed up late, ate too much and were far too silly but it was amazing. This gave me such a break from my usual reality. It’s just constant at home but this was just the best opportunity to slow down, stop and enjoy some quality time together.

“Our holiday made me realise how heavy everything can be at times in reality, and that I do deserve a break. Going forward I’m going to make more of an effort to give myself some breathing space.”

Norma’s break from caring