Supported short breaks provided by MS Society and Carers Trust
Published date: 23 Jul 2012 at 3:58PM
Editor's note: this pilot supported short breaks scheme has now ended.
From this summer, people with MS who live in England and Wales can access care and support during their short breaks and holidays, through the MS Society and Carers Trust.
During the break, care will be provided by trained care support workers from local Crossroads Care schemes, which are network members of Carers Trust.
Supported short breaks are a great way for people with MS, their carers and families to take the short breaks and holidays that suit them.
An opportunity to recharge
Whether it’s a family holiday, a weekend away or visiting friends and relatives, having someone else take over the caring for a while can make a huge difference. It can give families the confidence to try something new together, or continue doing the things they have always done.
People with MS have the option to take a trip on their own. The most important thing is that it is an opportunity for people with MS, carers and the whole family to rest and recharge their batteries.
Where can I go?
Supported short breaks are being piloted for destinations in parts of Wales, and eastern and southern England. Breaks should be for a minimum of 2 nights in one of these areas.
Book a break
To book a supported short break, contact your local Crossroads Care scheme. Find them at www.carers.org or phone 020 7922 7741.
The MS Society will work with Carers Trust to expand the service to people living in Scotland and Northern Ireland, if it is agreed that the service will continue beyond the pilot, due to end on 31 March 2013.
This partnership between the MS Society and Carers Trust is an exciting development that will help us make a positive difference to the short break and respite care experiences of people living with MS.