A celebration event was held on Wednesday 25th October at the Hilton Hotel where organisations that have contributed to our mytime project received recognition awards. They also heard from carers who have been on a break and found out about the massive impact it has had on them.
It is estimated that 6,000 people in the UK become carers each day. Many of these are stretched to the limit and find it difficult to balance work, family, health and personal wellbeing with their caring roles. This can often lead to stress, depression, isolation and mental health issues.
mytime works with well-known businesses to provide a range of leisure breaks to help tackle these issues and give carers the chance to relax, rewind and recharge. Breaks on offer include things like overnight stays, meals, afternoon tea, spa trips, cultural activities and theatre tickets.
One carer who enjoyed an overnight stay at a hotel said; “I stayed in the hotel with my wife who has taken long term leave from work to help look after our son. It takes all of our time, commitment and energy and although we wouldn’t have it any other way, it is still draining. It was lovely to get away without having to worry and fantastic being able to sleep – I slept for 12 hours straight in the hotel”
Thanks to funding from The Big Lottery Fund, mytime has now been able to develop a new website which was officially launched at the event. The website allows carers to easily access information about the breaks on offer and register their interest. It can also be used to help the project grow to areas outside of Liverpool so that carers right across the UK can benefit.
If you think you could benefit from a break or you are a business who would like to get involved, go to www.mytime4carers.co.uk for more information.