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‘It’s a great relief knowing my wife is being well looked after whilst I get some time to my self.’

Age UK Exeter, in partnership with Devon Carers, is now delivering a service in Exeter called Time for You.

If you are a carer of an older person yourself, or know of someone in this situation, then this service might help. Some carers find it difficult to leave the person they care for. When they need to leave the house and this service can provide some support.

It is designed to give the carer a worry-free break while providing companionship and care for their loved one. Carers could use the time to go shopping, attend appointments, have coffee with friends or simply enjoy some ‘me’ time.

Age UK Exeter have highly competent local volunteers who provide good company and practical support (not personal care), so that it’s a positive experience for both the carer and their loved one. Our volunteers comply with current COVID guidelines.

The service could be a regular, weekly arrangement of between one and three hours a week, or ad hoc visits. Most visits are 1 or 2 hours currently.

The service will either be free if through Devon Carers or charged at £5 per hour.

Any carers interested in finding out more about what the service can offer can phone our Time for You Co-ordinator, Jessica Cohen, on 01392 455611 or email j.cohen@ageukexeter.org.uk

Find out more from Devon Carers

Would you like to volunteer for this valuable service?

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in volunteering with us to support local carers in Exeter then we’d love to hear from you. Find out more here and contact Jess on the details above for a chat.