In 2019, carers benefited from 1600 donated breaks worth over £200,000. Carers report that breaks have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing, ability to cope with their caring role and their levels of isolation.
Following a Mytime break:
- 94% of carers reported an improvement to their health and wellbeing
- 89% of carers felt better able to cope with their caring responsibilities
- 85% of carers felt less isolated and more aware of where they can obtain support for their caring role
- 78% felt more resilient in their role.
Carers attending group breaks such as an afternoon tea tell us they feel less isolated after meeting other people facing similar challenges and have made friendships which have continued after the break. This demonstrates the sustained benefit and legacy of Mytime group breaks, where carers create their own network of people who face similar challenges.
“I cannot begin to express how wonderful it was to just have that time away and also to be able to spend time talking to others in the same situation. It really was the first time in 14 years of dealing with my husband's PTSD that I really felt listened to, supported and understood.“
Mytime offers a model that can benefit carers nationally. Ensuring carers can access breaks will be essential as the number of carers increases. There are currently 7 million carers and this will increase by 3.4 million by 2030