Time out or a short break

Everyone needs a change and time off occasionally, whether it's for an hour, a day or a week. This can be especially true for carers.

Getting time for yourself can make a big difference to you.  The person you care for may prefer your care to anyone else's – but it’s important for both of you that you look after your own health and wellbeing, and recharge your batteries.

Support at home

Support at home to help you to have time out is available in Oxfordshire through a number of home care agencies or personal assistants. The support available ranges from help with personal care and meal preparation to support with getting out and about. This can be purchased either through private arrangements or there may be some financial assistance if the person you care for is eligible for social care.

Oxfordshire County Council

Social and Community Services (for adults) and Children, Education and Families (for children)
Contact numbers for both departments:

  • Weekday office hours: 0345 050 7666
  • Emergency duty team (for urgent calls out of office hours): 0800 833408

Approved personal assistants

Approved personal assistants help people who require social care and support. They are checked, trained and sign a code of conduct under Oxfordshire County Council's new Support with Confidence scheme. To find out more about personal assistants and how to get one contact:

Tel: 01235 424715
Or email: SupportWithConfidence@oxfordshire.gov.uk

The Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission keeps a database of care providers complete with its own inspection ratings. You can search its directory of reports on care services here: www.cqc.org.uk

Or contact them directly:
Tel: 03000 616161
Email: enquiries@cqc.org.uk

Short stay away from home for the person you care for

Daytime opportunities

Day centres support adults with physical disabilities of all ages, older frail adults, and older adults with dementia, mental health problems and learning disabilities. Day centres operate in towns and villages throughout the county, usually on a Monday to Friday basis - some open on Saturday.

These centres are managed by Oxfordshire County Council, Age UK, independent charities and local village groups. People can be referred to day centres by care managers, health professionals such as GPs and district nurses, family, friends - or they can refer themselves. Some day centre services are only available following an assessment and there may be a small charge for attendance and lunch where this is provided.

Oxfordshire daytime opportunities and health and wellbeing centres

Time Out for Carers 

Information about short respite breaks for carers through a range of options in the home and out in the community. Find out more.

Centres run by the voluntary sector

Abingdon Alzheimer’s Club

Abingdon  Community Hospital, Marcham Rd, Abingdon OX14 1AG (Monday - Friday 0930 - 1530)

Age UK (Age Concern) St Clements

Anchor Court, York Place, St Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AA (Monday 1000 -1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Headington

Barton Lunch Club, Barton Neighbourhood Centre, Underhill Circus, Headington, Oxford. OX3 9LS (Monday 1100-1400)

Age UK (Age Concern) Henley

Bluebells, Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road, Henley, Oxon. RG9 1AG (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1000 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Burford

Burford Lunch Club, Hunts Close, Burford, Oxon. OX18 4HU (Monday 0930 -1400)

Age UK (Age Concern) Chilton

Chilton Lunch Club, Chilton Village Hall, OX11 0SH (Thursday 1100 -1330)

Age UK (Age Concern) Cutteslowe and North Oxford

Cutteslowe/ North Oxford, Cutteslowe Pavillion, Cutteslowe Park, North Oxford OX2 8ES (Tuesday 1000 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Thame

Dovecote, The Barn Centre, Church Road, Thame OX9 3AJ (Wednesday & Friday 1000 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Kidlington

Kidlington Day Centre, Shipton on Cherwell Village Hall, Shipton, Nr Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 1JB (Monday 1000 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Kingsmoor

Kingsmoor Day Centre,The Village Hall, Hinton Waldrist, Nr Longworth, Oxon SN7 8RN (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1000 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Nettlebed

Nettlebed, Sue Ryder Home, Nettlebed, Nr Henley, Oxon, RG9 5DF (Friday 1000 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Faringdon

Oakwood Centre, Oakwood House, Meadowbank, Faringdon, Oxon SN7 8DS (Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 0900- 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Holton

Share Care Day Centre
Holton Village Hall, Holton, Oxon OX33 1PR (Monday & Wednesday 0930 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) St Francis Court Headington

St Francis Court
St Francis Court Day Centre, 224 Hollow Way,
Headington, Oxford, OX3 7JF (Wednesday 1000 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Greater Leys

The Clock House

The Clockhouse, Long Ground Road, Greater Leys, Oxford. OX4 7FX  (Friday 1000 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Woodfarm

Woodfarm Community Centre, Titup Hall Lane, Woodfarm, Oxford. OX3 8QQ (Thursday 1000 - 1500)

Age UK (Age Concern) Banbury

St Francis Day Centre, St Francis Church, Highlands, Banbury, OX16 1FA (Monday 1000 - 1500)

The Bush Club Bampton

Bampton Bush Centre, Church View, Bampton, Oxon. OX18 2JH (Wednesday 1000 - 1430)

Berinsfield Day Centre

Baldons Village Hall, Marsh Baldon, Oxon. OX44 9LN (Tuesday & Friday 0930 – 1530)

Bromsgrove Day Centre 

Faringdon Baptist Church, Church Hall, Park Rd, Faringdon, SN7 7JF (Monday & Thursday 1000 - 1430)

Carterton Day Centre       

School Access Road, Edith Moorhouse School, Lawton Ave,Carterton, OX18 3JY (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 0900 – 1400 - 48 weeks a year)

Chalgrove Day Centre (Tue)

Chalgrove Village Hall, Baronshurst Drive, Chalgrove, Oxford, OX44 7TE (Tuesday 1000 - 1400)

Chalgrove Day Centre

The Acreage 39 High Street Chalgrove OX44 7SJ (Friday 1000 - 1400)

Charlbury Day Centre      

The Garden Room, War Memorial Hall, Charlbury, Oxon OX7 3QW (Wednesday 1000 - 1500)

Chinese Community (Day Centre)

East Oxford Community Centre, 44B Princes Street, Oxford, OX4 1DD (Monday 1030 - 1500)

Chinese Community (Lunch Club)

Various venues pre booked (4th Tues of the month 1100 - 1400) Please ask about this at the day centre.

Cholsey Day Centre

The Old School, Marymead, Church Road, Cholsey, OX10 9PQ (Monday, Wednesday & Friday 0930 - 1500)

Cluster Care Group

The Sports Pavillion, Williamscott Road, Cropredy, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1AE (Tuesday 1000 - 1530)

Daybreak Oxford

The Lilacs, 11 Charlbury Close, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 2BW (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 0930 - 1500)

Daybreak Oxford

The Limes, St Margarets Institute, 30 Polstead Road Oxford, OX2 6TN (Monday & Tuesday 0930 - 1500)

Daybreak Oxford

Rosewood, The Clockhouse, Long Ground, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, OX4 7FX (Monday - Friday 0930 - 1500)

Elms Health and Wellbeing Centre

Leonard Cheshire Disability, Witney Resource Centre, 2-4 Moorland Road, Witney, OX28 6LF (Monday - Friday 1000 - 1500)

Eynsham Day Centre

Eynsham Village Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, Oxon. OX29 4QW (Monday 1000 - 1500)

Fielding Lunch Club

Sibford Village Hall, Sibford Gower, Banbury, Oxon, OX15 5RW (Wednesday 1230 -1430)

Goring & District Community Centre Luncheon Club

Goring & District Community Centre, Station Road, Goring, RG8 9HB (Wednesday 1000 - 1300)

Grove Day Centre

School Lane, Grove, Nr Wantage, Oxon OX12 0NS (Tuesday and Thursdays 1000 - 1430)

Hanborough & District Day Centre

Recreation Hall, Main Street, Long Hanborough, Oxon OX29 8BJ (Wednesday 0930 - 1430)

Happy Place Day Centre

West OxfordCommunity Centre, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0NL (Monday 12.00-3.00pm & Thursday 10 00 - 1500)

Highlands Day Centre

73 Burford Road, Chipping Norton, Oxon OX7 5EE (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 0900 - 1600)

Hook Norton Day Centre

Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, Hook Norton, Oxon OX15 5NJ (Monday 1000 - 1500)

October Club (Wantage)

1-3 The Cloisters, Wantage, OX12 8AQ (Monday, Wednesday & Friday 0900 -1500)

St. Andrew's Community Association Day Centre

The Village Centre, High Street, Chinnor, Oxon, OX39 4HE (Thursday 1000 -1500)

St Mary's Thursday Club

St Mary's Parish Rooms, Church Street, Bloxham, Oxon, OX15 4ET (Thursday 1000 - 1500)

Stonesfield Lunch Club

St James Old School Centre, High Street, Stonesfield, Oxon OX29 8PU (Wednesday 1030 - 1530)

Thame & District Day Centre

Thame Community Hospital, East Street, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3JT (Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 0930 - 1500)

Watlington & District Age UK (Age Concern) Day Centre  

West Room, Old School Place, Gorwell, Watlington. OX49 5QE (Thursday 1000 - 1500)

Watlington & District Age UK (Age Concern) Ltd.

26b High Street, Watlington, Oxon OX49 5PY (Monday - Friday 0900 -1230)

West Way Day Centre

Field House, West Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9JN (Monday & Friday 1000 -1500)

Windmill Thursday Club

The Windmill Centre, Hempton Road, Deddington, Oxon OX15 0QH (Tuesday & Thursday 1000 - 1500)

Wychwoods Day Centre

The New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxon OX7 6BQ (Thursday 1000 - 1530)

OSJ Lake House

The Green Adderbury Oxon OX17 3NG  (Monday – Friday 0900 - 1500)

OSJ Marston Court

Marston Road, Oxford. OX3 0DJ   (Monday - Friday 1030 - 1500)

Shared Lives Service

Shared Lives Service aims to provide support for people within ordinary homes.  There are around 100 providers in Oxfordshire who can offer short stays, support for a few hours a day, or somewhere to live longer term.  The service is for people who are over 18 and who are eligible for social care.

For more information contact:

Shared Lives
Foxcombe Court
Wyndyke Furlong
OX14 1DZ
Tel: 01865 897971


General information and advice

The Community Information Network

The Community Information Network, supported by Oxfordshire County Council, provides free information and advice for people aged over 50 or their carers.

Live Well guide to Oxfordshire services

Which guide to care in your area

Care options and finance

My Care My Home

My Care My Home, Oxfordshire County Council's preferred provider, offers an assessment of needs to people who fund their own care, and helps them to source suitable providers. It also provides advice on care finance and can refer you to a registered independent financial adviser.

Independent financial advice

Which guide to care in your area

Care Choices

Care Choices is a specialist information provider for care of the elderly and the specialist care of adults with additional needs (aged 18 – 64). See the website.

Choosing a care home

Age UK
Independent charity giving advice to older people, including advice on finding, choosing and financing a care home.
Telephone: 0800 169 6565
Website: www.ageuk.org.uk

Carers UK
Offers a network of local branches to give advice and support to carers, and those that they care for. They can give advice on benefits, tax credits and employment rights.

Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC)
Free advice on housing options for people in later life. The EAC website features two sites now combined into one: HousingCare.org and FirstStop.
Telephone: 0800 377 7070
Website: www.eac.org.uk/www.housingcare.org/www.firststopadvice.co.uk

To get details of government policy throughout the UK, including enquiries about local authority care homes and the care needs and financial assessments.
Website (UK): www.gov.uk
Website (Northern Ireland): www.northernireland.gov.uk
Website (Scotland): www.scotland.gov.uk
Website (Wales): www.wales.gov.uk

Independent Age
A charity that offers expertise for older people on social care, benefits, befriending and other social support through their advice service and range of guides and publications.
Advice line: 0800 319 6789
Website: www.independentage.org

Regulation and inspection of care homes
For information about care homes in your area and the most recent reports on how they meet national standards.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) – England
Telephone: 03000 616161 (national customer service centre)
Website: www.cqc.org.uk

Which guide to care in your area
Free, independent and practical advice about caring for older people.

Benefits and allowances

Age UK
Independent charity giving advice to older people, including on the filling in of benefit forms.
Telephone: 0800 169 6565
Website: www.ageuk.org.uk

Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB)
Can offer benefits checks to see what you are entitled to and help with completing forms.
Telephone: 08454 04 05 06 (Consumer helpline)
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

To get details of government policy throughout the UK, including enquiries about benefits and allowances, eligibility criteria and how to claim.
Website (UK): www.gov.uk
Website (Northern Ireland): www.northernireland.gov.uk
Website (Scotland): www.scotland.gov.uk
Website (Wales): www.wales.gov.uk

Independent Age
A charity that offers expertise for older people on social care, benefits, befriending and other social support through their advice service and range of guides and publications.
Advice line: 0800 319 6789
Website: www.independentage.org

A charity that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.
Website: www.turn2us.org.uk

Travel advice

Oxfordshire Travel Advice Line

Get free impartial advice on a range of transport options for those wanting to get out and about. Call: 0345 310 1111, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or email: oxtail@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Practical help

Good neighbour schemes

If you want help with transport, odd jobs, gardening, general errands, or befriending, a Good Neighbour Scheme is for you.

The Community Information Network works closely with Good Neighbour Schemes, and can help you to find one that will meet your needs. Find out more.

Equipment and home alterations

Devices that help keep you safe

Assistive technology includes a wide range of devices from simple things like memory aids, to high tech items, such as GPS tracking devices to locate somebody who's gone missing. Find out more.

Home alterations

Age UK
Charity providing information, advice and support for older people.
Telephone: 0800 169 6565
Website: www.ageuk.org.uk

Care Aware
A free service specialising in funding advice for older people in the UK.
Helpline: 0161 707 1107
Website: www.careaware.co.uk

Care & Repair
A national charity aiming to improving the housing and living conditions of older people and disabled people.
Care & Repair England
Telephone: 0115 950 6500
Website: www.careandrepair-england.org.uk
Care & Repair Scotland
Telephone: 0141 221 9879
Website: www.careandrepairscotland.co.uk
Care & Repair Cymru
Telephone: 0300 111 3333
Website: www.careandrepair.org.uk

Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB)
National network of free advice centres that can give advice on home alterations and improvements.
Telephone: 08454 04 05 06 (Consumer helpline)
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Disabled Living Foundation
National charity providing free, impartial advice about home adaptations for disabled adults and children and older people.
Telephone: 0300 999 0004
Website: www.dlf.org.uk
Website: www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk

National body for home improvement agencies in England giving advice, help and support for home alterations.
Telephone: 0845 864 5210
Website: www.foundations.uk.com

Housing Executive
National body for home improvements agencies in Northern Ireland, giving advice, help and support for home alterations.
Website: www.nihe.gov.uk/index/advice/adaptations/agencies.htm

Independent Age
A charity that offers expertise for older people on social care, benefits, befriending and other social support through their advice service.
Advice line: 0800 319 6789
Website: www.independentage.org

Rica (formerly Ricability) is the trading name of the national research charity Research Institute for Consumer Affairs. They focus specifically on issues of concern to disabled and older consumers. Their website has many guides to products relating to mobility, the home and technology.
Telephone: 020 7427 2460
Website: www.rica.org.uk

Please note: The organisations listed on this page are not endorsed or recommended by Oxfordshire County Council and the contact details are provided for information only.

Please feel free to contact any of the organisations on this fact sheet yourself. If required, Carers Oxfordshire can also help you further. You can contact them on 0345 050 7666, Monday to Thursday 08:30-17:00, Friday 08:30-16:00