Free Holidays for Carers

Holidays are offered to Carers without the person they normally care for so that they may have a proper Respite Break.

THERE IS NO CHARGE for the breaks which can be taken at either of our 2 facilities, Joanna’s Cottage and Lan y Mor Hafen, further details of each is below

Applications for our Carers breaks for 2022 are now open.

Open the application form here

You can request a break if:

  • You care for a person who has a medical or mental health diagnoses
  • You are a long term carer.  Our Trustees normally consider this to be 1 year or more although exceptional circumstances are considered.
  • You are on a limited income and could not afford a break without our support
  • You have not received support from The Respite Association in the previous 18 months (either through a grant or break under this scheme).

The form found here can be completed electronically and emailed (the quicker option), it can be printed out and completed (then either scanned and emailed or posted) or we can post you a paper copy of the form just email holidays@respiteassociation.org with your full name and address

We operate on a first come, first served basis for carers breaks applications and whilst we do our best to provide everyone a break, demand always outstrips the availability (we only have 2 facilities).  The more options you give on the form, regarding location and dates, the more likely it is that we will be able to offer you a week.

Your application will be acknowledged when we receive it but please note that holidays will not be allocated until February 2022.

Joanna’s Cottage
‘Joanna’s Cottage’ is at Kenegie Manor Holiday Park in Penzance Cornwall. We named the cottage for our patron as she was instrumental in allowing us to purchase it, and it is a lovely quiet park on the hill overlooking Mounts Bay. Ideal if you have a car, there is so much to see and do nearby, it is no wonder that millions flock to Cornwall every year.

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Lan y Mor Hafan

Lan y Mor Hafan
Our second location is a lovely caravan at Oakfield Caravan Park in Towyn, near Abergele in North Wales. Only 5 minutes from the beach and with an entertainment complex offering a host of family friendly venues including a sports bar offering kids clubs and activities organised by the entertainment team. The younger guests can also enjoy the amusement arcade and adventure playground.

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The House

The return of the Retreat

Sadly we have had to cancel this years retreat, we will be updating this area when we can for 2022.

We are delighted to announce our first ever carers retreat, cancelled last year due to lockdown, is back from Sunday 12th September 2021 to Saturday 18th September. We have again been kindly offered the use of a 7 bedroomed ‘mansion’ on the Kent coast at Walmer and plan to try something new with this amazing venue.
The idea is that we can give carers a free week long break, on a B&B basis, with their own bedroom and sharing the house and gardens with other carers. We are hoping to arrange some optional free trips out to the local sights too. The main aim is to allow carers to have a relaxing break with other carers who understand the challenges of caring. It is planned as a very informal week, the house has lots of quiet places if you want to sit in peace, and of course, the opportunity to chat if preferred.

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If you are interested please email us at help@respiteassociation.org with the subject line of “Carers Retreat” and we will send you an application form.

***Please note that, as this is a new idea, we are waiving the usual request that you do not apply for 18 months from receiving a carers break or grant***

Revitalise

An Exciting Partnership

Revitalise provide holiday breaks for carers, and their loved ones, at their three sites across the country:

Jubilee Lodge – Chigwell, Essex

Waterside House – Netley, Hampshire

Sandpipers – Southport, Merseyside

Over the years we have supported many carers to use Revitalise and have recieved nothing but rave reviews of the amazing breaks, caring staff and great fun. We are therefore delighted that this year we are building on the excellent relationship we have with our friends at Revitalise to offer carers a real treat. Any carer awarded a grant from us, towards a Revitalise break, will be match funded by Revitalise!! So if we offer a £500 grant then Revitalise will match fund it with a credit against the break of £500 making…

£1,000 off the cost of your stay.

Applicants must fulfil our usual grant criteria, there is no special application form so you can apply on our normal grant application form, what are you waiting for?

Check out Revitalise www.revitalise.org.uk

or call them to get details of the holiday centres on 0303 303 0145

Click here for our application form

  1. The process for Revitalise is very straight forward:
    Check out Revitalise www.revitalise.org.uk (or call them to get details on the holiday centres on 0303 303 0145)
  2. Identify with them when and where you want to go and the cost of the holiday.  You need this information before you can apply to us.
  3. Complete our grant application form 
  4. If you fit our criteria and are approved for a grant by our Trustees then Revitalise will match any grant offered by ourselves.  If we offer our maximum grant of £500, then they will credit your account with an additional £500, meaning you would get £1000 off of your holiday.

It’s first come first served so don’t delay!

Please text “Carers” to 70450 to donate £5

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The Respite Association is a registered charity No 1193232 (formerly 1086598 from 2001 to 2021)