VOCAL short breaks funds

Short breaks fundNeed a break from caring?
Carers living or caring for someone in Edinburgh or Midlothian who are looking for a short break can apply to VOCAL’s Short Breaks Funds for grants and assistance.

Grants can cover a number of activities for the carer and/or person receiving care, and may also include transport costs, accommodation, leisure activities, supported holidays or a series of short weekly breaks. If you are unsure about what is covered please contact VOCAL to discuss further.

Further information

You can find information on short breaks funds for your local area below:

To make an application for the VOCAL Edinburgh Short Break Fund, or if you would like to organise a break, please contact our carer support team on 0131 622 6666 to discuss the options available.


Wee Break Midlothian administer a number of funds that you may be eligible to apply for. You can apply for anything that would give you a break from your caring role,for example:

  • A shed so you can continue your hobbies if you can’t leave your house.
  • Someone to spend time with the person you care for while you go to a class or group.
  • Money to help set up an activity or holiday with friends – e.g. pay to rent a hall for a singing group, waterproof clothing to set up a walking group, a pamper weekend or the ingredients for a ‘come dine with me’ event!

Visit the Wee Break Midlothian website for full details of what’s available and eligibility.

Short Breaks Fund

  • Maximum award: £500
  • Age: You must be caring for someone over 21 and be over 18 yourself.

How to apply

For more details and to download the application forms please: