Hello, my name is Rachel Barrett and I am the mother and full time carer for my 32 year old son, Peter who has a learning disability.  I am also a carer representative on the board of directors of Caring Breaks. 

Several years ago, I had reached the point where I really needed some help - thankfully that was when Caring Breaks stepped in.  Since then my son Peter has become a different person and it has also been wonderful for me, as it gives me four hours (completely worry free) every week.  This time is very precious to me as I have the time to think and plan or even just to take a bath in peace….bliss!!!

As mentioned earlier, I’m also a member of the carer committee at Caring Breaks.  Everyone involved in this small group really understands how caring for someone 24/7 affects your life – the members are a great support network for each other.   We meet 4-6 times a year and discuss many topics and help organise coffee mornings and other events that we think might be beneficial and enjoyable for carers.  We also make sure that the views of carers are made known to the board of directors of Caring Breaks.

Recently, I was honoured to take on the role of chairperson of the carer committee following the resignation of Sandra Harris who has done a marvellous job raising the profile of carers over the past 15 years.  Following such a pioneering woman is a daunting prospect, but I’m up for the challenge!  

In October we helped organise a Gala Evening to celebrate 15 years of Caring Breaks.  This involved a tremendous amount of work not to mention a few sleepless nights….!  But between the three ladies who work tirelessly all year round in the Caring Breaks office and few great volunteers from our carer committee, it was a great success.  So if you didn’t manage to get to the Gala, hopefully you will think about coming to another event or maybe one of our coffee mornings.  I know you will be made most welcome!

I can only tell you that it is wonderful to be so involved in such a caring organisation.  I have met great people who give their time so freely to ensure that Caring Breaks provides the best possible service to all our families.

Well, that’s just a little about me and my involvement in Caring Breaks.  I plan to keep everyone updated regularly on all the marvellous things that are going on via this blog.  So I’ll sign off for now and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at our events in 2015.