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Time out or a short break for you

We know that caring for someone else can be hard. Sometimes having a short break, anything from just a few hours to a few weeks, can mean a lot.

Providing a break from the pressures of caring is a vital part of supporting quality of life for both carer and the person being cared for.

There are a number of organisations in Blackburn with Darwen that can provide services to help you to take some time off from your caring role. They offer information, advice and one-to-one or group support to carers and can act as a gateway to other services that can help carers to get the help and support they need.

There are a wide range of carers breaks services in Blackburn with Darwen including:

  • Residential respite for the person that you care for, at the home of their/your choice.
  • Group meetings with other carers or organised activities.
  • Grants to pay for things like gym membership, relaxation treatments, sports tickets or outings to the theatre, or longer holidays with or without the person you care for.
  • Additional support for the person you care for when you go away.

There are also a range of leisure and social activities that are aimed at carers, this could be anything from support groups and pamper days to craft sessions and coffee mornings, follow the link below for more details.

Carers Activities information


Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service has access to small grants that you could use to fund time to yourself, a break or activities that will improve your physical or mental health. Access to these personal grants is through a Carers Service advisor who will work with you to identify your needs.  Please contact the Carers Service (contact details below) for more information.

Useful contacts

Carers Service (Blackburn with Darwen)
Address: Greenhurst Place, Blackburn, BB2 1NA
Phone: 01254 688440
Fax: 01254 688441

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen
Address: 4 King Street, Blackburn
Phone: 01254 266620
Fax: 01254 266621

Crossroads Care East Lancashire
Address: Burnley Business Centre, Liverpool Road, Burnley, BB12 6HH
Phone: 01282 832548

Making Space
Phone: 01254 691411 or 07843 268113

Care Network
Address: 1st Floor, Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG
Phone: 01254 507255

You can contact any of the organisations direct but if you are still unsure the Adult Social Care Team will be able to advise you. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547.

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