Available in North Yorkshire, the Carers’ Sitting Service gives carers a chance to have a break from their caring responsibilities while a trained sitter takes their place.

It enables carers to have a life of their own, participate in activities and goals they have for themselves, and promote their wellbeing.

For a short period of time, usually 2-4 hours a week, the sitter can provide companionship, support and personal care and assistance that would normally be provided by the carer inside or outside the home.

This can also include accompanying people requiring care on leisure activities, such as trips to the cinema, the library or going for a walk.

The service is open to anyone over 18 who is looking after someone with a physical, mental or learning disability; or suffers from substance misuse, dementia or a life limiting or terminal illness. All carers need to have had an assessment in order to be referred.