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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers
Breaks and respite

Breaks and respite for unpaid carers

Support is available to enable you to have a break from caring responsibilities.

Short Breaks Fund

The Short Breaks Fund complements any support provided by local authorities and statutory agencies, and is administered by Shared Care Scotland and Family Fund.

You can get information about short breaks that can be accessed from home, including phone support services, online forums, online subscriptions and distance learning at the Shared Care Scotland website. You can also get information on Shared Care Scotland's social media channels: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

You can also call Shared Care Scotland on 01383 622462 or email

Time to live

If you need help funding any of these alternative short break options, your local Time to Live partner might be able to help. We have given additional funding to the Time to Live fund to support all carers, including parent carers, during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out who delivers Time to Live in your area.

Families/carers of disabled children and young people

The Family Fund's Take a Break Fund supports families/carers of disabled children and young people to take a short break. 

Find out how to apply to the Take a Break Fund which is open for applications until 29 June 2020.

Further advice for parent carers can be found at the Parent Club website.