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VOCAL Carers charity secure three-year Big Lottery award

Posted: 28th September 2017

Exciting news of a three-year Big Lottery award to enable carers and their families to access additional short breaks of a different kind!


Breaking New Ground is a partnership project to develop a Short Breaks and Respitality Hub in Edinburgh.  This Hub will offer person-centred support to plan and broker short breaks for carers. It will also develop online digital resources to enable carers to access a wide range of short breaks information.


VOCAL has appointed Hayley Burton as Short Breaks & Respitality Development Officer to take this project forward.


Respitality combines ‘respite’ with ‘hospitality’ and Hayley’s role will be to shape new partnerships with commercial providers in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry. Through these partnerships, Breaking New Ground will open up a broader range of breaks in mainstream holiday and leisure settings for those caring for family or friends, with or without the person they support.


In Edinburgh, VOCAL has joined ranks with six local agencies to form a new collaborative partnership.  REaL (Respitality Edinburgh and Lothian) will develop creative additional breaks and already includes major local providers.  For further details please contact Hayley Burton at VOCAL directly and find out how you can benefit from a break or become a Respitality provider.

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