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