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If you are aged 18+ and live in Redcar and Cleveland you may benefit from our Time Out Service if you care for another adult.

Many people dedicate a significant proportion of their own time to look after and care for their spouse, children, parents or even neighbours. Many do not recognise their essential role as a carer and get very limited time, if any, to see friends, go for a coffee, attend appointments or even get their hair cut. This often leads to a decline in their own health and wellbeing.

The TIME OUT service arranges a volunteer to sit with the person they care for, allowing the carer a break. The same volunteer will visit the cared for on a regular basis and act as a befriender for up to 8 hours a month. Volunteers are matched with the cared for based on shared interests where possible so that everyone involved benefits from the service.

The trained volunteer will:

  • Visit the cared for in their own home
  • Build a safe and reliable relationship
  • Provide company and conversation
  • Help the carer find activities that suit them
  • Signpost the carer or the cared for to other services that can support them

The Time Out Service is part of the wider Redcar & Cleveland Carer Support Service and is provided in partnership with Carers Together and Redcar and Cleveland MIND

For more information on becoming a volunteer see our Get Involved section.

If you would like to make a referral or are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Marie Kerr, Time Out Service Co-ordinator on:

07834 181 190

Click here to read about how Time Out helped Ronnie during COVID-19