Breakaway for Carers's Profile

Breakaway for Carers is a Hertfordshire County Council service provided through Adult Care Services. We enable relatives and friends looking after dependent people of any age to take breaks by arranging for someone else to take over.

We do this by recruiting sitters experienced in looking after dependent people and matching them carefully with those who need this sort of help. We follow the county council’s codes of practice and we are covered by its public liability insurance.

Breakaway support for carers is arranged through Adult Care Services, though referrals can be made through GP surgeries, voluntary agencies or by clients themselves.

The service is available in:

■ Berkhamsted, Tring and surrounding villages

■ Harpenden, Redbourn, Wheathampstead and Sandridge

■ Hemel Hempstead and surrounding villages

■ St Albans; including Bricket Wood and London Colney.

How Breakaway works

Our sitters stay with a person in their own home to provide support and companionship. This can be on a regular or occasional basis while their usual carer takes a few hours off.

Our sitting service is free.

How Breakaway support is arranged

Breakaway managers work closely with staff at local Adult Care Services centres, and will call and discuss in detail how the service might be of use to you. They carefully match sitters with the people they look after, making introductions before any services start and maintaining regular contact while the service is being provided.

Breakaway sitters can be men and women and all have some experience of caring for dependent people: either through a member of their family, their job or through voluntary work.

Could you be a Breakaway sitter?


Breakaway sitters are ordinary men and women with plenty of common sense, reliability and understanding who enjoy being with dependent people. We need more people, preferably with their own transport, who can offer a few hours a week to sit with these people (daytime, evening or weekends) while their regular carer takes a break.

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