Emma Soames, Trustee of the Saga Respite for Carers Trust commented on the research by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers which shows that more than 60 primary care trusts are failing to provide or plan funding for respite breaks to carers with the monies/funds allocated to them for this purpose.
“Carers save the government millions in care costs every year. Despite this more than a third of carers have never taken that vital break away from their caring responsibilities. The government‘s failure to ring fence £50 million for respite care means that the very people it is supposed to help are receiving none of the time off recognised as being so vital to their well-being.
In recognition of this massive shortfall in respite care, the Saga Respite for Carers Trust, launched last year, has given more than 50 carers a richly deserved holiday – possibly their first in a decade. Feedback from those returning from their holidays has shown us that a break can make a significant difference to a carer’s ability to face the future with confidence and renewed vigour with comments like; “after a just a few days I could hold my head high again”, “Now I have returned I feel ready to face whatever life throws at me” demonstrating that even a short break can have a long lasting beneficial effect to unpaid carers”.
In 2009 the Trust will be increasing the number of holidays awarded to carers.
For further information or an interview with Emma Soames or one of the many carers who have benefited from an award from the Saga Respite for Carers Trust please call 01303 771529