We provide regular short respite breaks for the family carers of adults with a learning disability. 

Every family carer of an adult with a learning disability in Northern Ireland will have access to short breaks. Every adult with a learning disability living at home with their family carer will be provided with support to enable them to participate in social and leisure activities of their choice.



Caring Breaks is a Northern Ireland charity for family carers.  It was formed in 1999 to address the shortage in respite options for those caring for adults with a learning disability.  It operates as a partnership between carers themselves, people from the business community and the statutory sector.

The service has grown and developed over the years and is now an established, reputable organisation in the field of respite provision in Northern Ireland.  We are known for putting family carers and their loved ones at the heart of everything we do.

Over the past 15 years we have widened the variety and level of services to meet the changing needs of both family carers and adults with a learning disability.  We have developed partnerships with other agencies to help deliver creative activities and innovative projects for the people we support. 

Our service is unique in Northern Ireland not just in what it does but also how it does it.

What’s particularly special, and the cornerstone of the organisation, is the involvement of family carers in helping to run, and be actively involved in developing, Caring Breaks.  

Caring Breaks currently employs 53 staff, mainly on a part time basis and supports 140 families.  In pursuit of our vision, we recently commenced a pilot project for families in the Bangor and Lisburn areas.  

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Our Values 

We are person-centred.  We are passionate about giving support to family carers and their son/daughter with a learning disability.

We act with integrity and take pride in all that we do.  The highest standards of openness and professionalism are maintained in all our activities.

We work in partnership and consult, share, learn and collaborate with all our stakeholders as our way of doing business.

We provide a high quality service that continuously improves to meet the changing needs of the people we support.

Our main funders are:

Big Lottery Fund

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust 

South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust 

We also seek funding and donations from charitable foundations, grant making bodies and corporate sponsors to enable us to sustain the service.