Please note: We are unable to offer volunteer sitters at the moment, but many of our volunteers are still in touch, with carers and the person they care for, through regular phone calls. We are not currently able to take new referrals to the service. We are currently exploring how to offer carers a ‘break’ remotely and will provide further information in the coming weeks.
We provide a short break service for carers in South Gloucestershire only (not currently in Bristol).
This is a free service for carers living in South Gloucestershire, which is provided by volunteers, all of whom are supported and managed by Carers Support Centre. This service enables carers to take a 2/3 hours break on a regular basis – usually weekly or fortnightly. Our volunteers go through a robust recruitment and selection process, and receive comprehensive induction and ongoing training. Our service coordinator carefully matches volunteers with the carer and cared for person. Many volunteers have been carers themselves.
What some of our carers have said about the service:
The volunteer is absolutely wonderful, my husband has got on really well and she has a lot of patience. It enables me to go to my club and I meet up with friends and have a good chat. This gives me something to talk to my husband about when I get home.
She’s such a lovely person and we both enjoy her company. In the time that she sits I go and paint for a couple of hours. This is something that I have not managed to do in 5 years and I find it very relaxing.
To find out more about the service, or if you would like information on becoming a volunteer, please contact us or call CarersLine.