We are delighted to be collaborating with the National Trust on a new scheme giving 500 of our registered carers free access to six key gardens and parkland.
Taking inspiration from National Trust co-founder and Social Reformer Octavia Hill, who understood the importance of access green space and fresh air for everyone to enjoy, Action for Carers and the National Trust want to connect people with nature to harness the wellbeing benefits this can bring.
We’ve therefore teamed up for a new pilot project, running from July till October. This pilot allows 500 of our registered carers free access to six beautiful gardens and parklands. We hope they can grab a little time to visit these properties, re-charge their batteries and enjoy some precious ‘me’ time.
The properties are: Polesden Lacey, Leith Hill Place, Hatchlands Park in Surrey and Chartwell, Emmetts Garden and Quebec House in Kent. Carers can visit these locations as many times as they want, throughout the four-month period.
To apply for your pass, please email [email protected] (If you are not yet registered with us as an unpaid carer, we’ll ask you to register first.)
Nicola Briggs, Regional Director London and the South East for the National Trust says, “I am delighted that we are able to collaborate on this pilot with Action for Carers to visit a selection of our places. I hope that we can offer carers a brief opportunity to unwind and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the surroundings”.
How time out can benefit carers
“I have been a carer for 19 years as a carer of twins, one with Asperger’s and one who is quadriplegic in a wheelchair. I have never done anything like this, as a carer, for myself. I am having a wonderful time and feel myself again! Thank you so much.”