Solo short breaks Who can have a short break? Individual Carers who are registered with Inverclyde Carers Centre and have not had an overnight break away from their caring role in the last 12 months. Short breaks are available to Carers of all ages, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, caring responsibilities, economic and political affiliation. What costs can be met? Accommodation costs which can be on any board basis and may include entertainment where provided. Travel costs which may involve public transport or use of private vehicle. As of 1st April 2016 a maximum of £150 per Carer per break will apply. How do Carers access breaks? Having identified a short break and obtained quotations for accommodation and transport, the Carer should contact a member of staff to complete a “Short Breaks for Individual Carers” application form. This will then be passed to the Manager for consideration. All applications will be considered individually and priority will go to those Carers who have not accessed breaks before. CARERS MUST NOT BOOK BREAK PRIOR TO APPROVAL. What difference do we hope short breaks will make? To give Carers a break from their caring routine. To relieve stress from caring. To give Carers get the chance to recharge their energy to enable them to continue with their caring role. To enable Carers to have leisure time for themselves. To assist Carers to develop friendships with other carers. To reduce social isolation. These breaks have been made possible through grant funding provided by The Merchant House of Glasgow.