Saturday, January 26, 2008

Wellbeing breaks what are they?

UNISON well being breaks can provide welcome relief from the stresses of daily life and the space and time to reflect away from difficult or depressing circumstances. UNISON can help with all or part of the costs of a break depending on your financial situation.
The wellbeing breaks include:
family holidays and outings
get well breaks
breaks in other special circumstances e.g. for carers and following bereavement

The breaks are delivered in partnership with the Family Holiday Association, a national charity that specialises in providing holidays for families in need. For example, they can arrange a stay in self-catering accommodation in a chalet or caravan at selected UK holiday centres.

UNISON’s award winning Croyde Bay holiday village in Devon is a popular destination with members. Alternatively, you can organise accommodation of your own choosing in the UK.
Family holidays

UNISON can provide a holiday for members and their families who are experiencing difficult circumstances and who have not had a holiday for at least four years.
Although the holidays are normally for one week we recognise that family circumstances sometimes mean a shorter break of three or four nights is preferred. We can also help with day trips or leisure outings.

Get well breaks
Get well breaks are designed to support any members, who are recovering from illness (including stress), accident or an operation and who are not in need of nursing care. Get well breaks can include children, or other dependants. We recognise that ill health can sometimes impact on the whole family and that there will be occasions when it will be beneficial for the person who is ill and the whole family to get away together. The service is flexible depending on your needs with a choice of accommodation such as hotels and guest houses or traditional convalescent facilities and shorter breaks.

Other special circumstances
UNISON can also provide respite breaks for carers with day to day responsibility for a disabled dependant breaks following bereavement of a partner or dependant child. for those with a terminal illness.

For more information, including an application form and guidance notes, visit the UNISON website at, e mail telephone UNISON Welfare’s general enquiry line on 020 7551 1620, or contact the branch office and ask for one of the joint Welfare Officers.

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