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hacfs respite caravan

Respite & Retreat Caravan

Here we take look at HIV-AIDS Carers & Family Support's Respite Caravan. The Group began in Glasgow in 1990 as a small self-help group for parents whose adult son or daughter had HIV or AIDS. In the following years, the Group has grown and now offers a range of services to anyone affected by a loved one having HIV or AIDS, no matter how the virus was contracted. These services are offered to individuals living throughout Scotland, although our primary focus remains in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The HIV-AIDS Carers & Family Support Group is dedicated to providing practical and emotional support to carers, families, partners and friends of individuals living with HIV or AIDS. We provide a contact point and meeting place where users of our services can get together and talk through their thoughts, fears, worries and frustrations without being faced with the stigma associated with the illness. In 1999 the Group managed to raise over £22,000 to purchase a caravan which could be used by carers and their families to have a short break - for a week or a weekend.

Who is allowed to use the caravan?

Carers, partners, families and friends who have a loved one with HIV-AIDS are all eligible to use our caravan. We also take referrals from other agencies such as hospitals, voluntary organisations, etc. who work with individuals who are affected by HIV-AIDS.

How many can stay in the caravan?

The caravan is an eight-berth, which means that up to 8 people can stay at any one time. The caravan has a total of 3 bedrooms, a lounge, kitchen, WC and separate shower room and is centrally heated.

How much does it cost?

To help cover our running costs there is a nominal charge of £50 per break to those who are not members of our organisation and to those referred by other agencies. However, if you become a member of our Group the cost falls to only £20 (NB: You must be a member for 3 months before this reduced price applies). The price is per break and does not depend on the number of people staying in the caravan.

Where is the caravan located?

The caravan is located within Seton Sands Holiday Village in the heart of East Lothian's beautiful countryside and is only two minutes from the beach. Find out more about the location and what facilities are offered at Seton Sands.

How do I book a respite break?

If you are interested in booking a respite break, please phone, email or call into the office (click here for contact details) or, if you would like more information please contact HIV-AIDS Carers & Family Support.

HIV-AIDS Carers & Family Support
Suite 226 Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow G2 6HJ
Tel: 0141 2218100. Fax: 0141 2218529

Short-term Respite and Retreat can be arranged and funded by your local Social Services Department. For further information on Respite and Retreat and your entitlement click here

Take a look at KPS' overview of Respite& Retreat
Since the disolution of the Bethany Trust in November 2003 KPS has reviewed the limited specialised Respite and Retreat facilities available within the UK. By clicking here you can view KPS' overview of these facilities.

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