Carers Time Off boosts services for carers

Last changed: Wednesday 5 August, 2015

Carers Time Off, a long-established and valued service which matches volunteers with people who are being cared for to provide carers with a break, is joining forces with the Carers’ Resource in Harrogate.

Previously based the Harrogate Easier Living Project at Harrogate and Ripon CVS, the new development will help to create a more co-ordinated support for carers and those they look after.
Some 29 volunteers provide about 170 hours’ ‘time off’ a month.

Christine Boxall, the Service Co-ordinator, carefully matches volunteers with clients. The quality of volunteers ensures that carers can have a well-deserved break from their caring, in the knowledge that their family member is being well looked after.

Director of Carers’ Resource Anne Smyth, OBE, said: “This new partnership is a welcome addition to the services we already offer and it will make sure more carers are given the break they need.

“Caring can be a demanding, isolating and all-consuming role and carers can often neglect their own needs and health when looking after a friend, relative or loved one.

“This is a vital service which helps to recognise the important role carers play as well as ensuring they can also have a positive experience of caring.

“Whether the carer needs a break for an appointment, or to just have some ‘me time’, this service is an asset and we encourage carers to use it.”

The boards of both organisations have given their backing to the move, which has also been supported by North Yorkshire County Council, which funds the service.

For more information on Carers Time Off please contact Christine Boxall on 01423 500555 or email