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Take a break!

To register for a break with Carefree, you must be a full-time unpaid carer over the age of 21. Only one carer per household may register with Carefree.

For us that means: anyone who looks after a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who can’t cope alone for reasons including frailty, illness, disability, mental health problem or addiction, for 35+ hours per week including night times.

If you are unsure you qualify as an eligible unpaid carer - don't worry, we'll take you through some questions and find out!




Registering is a two-part form, and must be completed in one sitting; otherwise, your details will not be saved, and you will have to start from the beginning.

During the registration process, you will be asked to choose one of 3 routes (A, B or C) depending on your caring status (described below). Before you start please make sure you have the following:

You will need:

Route A:

If you are in receipt of Carer's Allowance

  1. A copy of your passport or driver's license (scan or photo, ready to upload from smartphone or PC)
  2. And a copy of your DWP letter (Department of Work & Pensions) (scan or photo, ready to upload from smartphone or PC)
Route B:

If you are not in receipt of Carer's Allowance

  1. A copy of your passport or driver's license (scan or photo, ready to upload from smartphone or PC)
  2. And the name and email address of a referee.

    Your referee should be someone with direct knowledge of your caring situation, for example a GP, social worker, close neighbour or member of the community who can confirm your caring responsibilities in some way. This referee cannot be a family member or someone living in your household.

    Make sure you have permission from your referee before you submit their details.
Route C:

If you are unsure you qualify

  1. If you are unsure you qualify, don't worry, we'll take you through some questions and find out. If you do qualify, you will need your ID and referee details to hand as stipulated in Route B


If you do not have access to any of the above, you may still be eligible for a short break. Please contact your local carer support organisation for more information on the support that might be available to you.