Crossroads Breakaway Volunteer Service

Are you an unpaid carer who needs a break, or could you provide a break for an unpaid carer?


The Crossroads Breakaway volunteer service helps unpaid carers, who often feel isolated at home, by staying with the person they care for while they have a break from their caring role.

We have a fabulous team of skilled volunteers who give their time on a regular basis to help people stay connected with their community.

To provide a break for an unpaid carer, our Breakaway volunteers support the cared for person by:

  • Being a friend – starting with a friendly smile and offering a welcome chat.
  • Listening and supporting.
  • Sharing their time to support hobbies and interests.
  • Providing a connection back with the community.

Joining our team of Breakaway volunteers you will receive:

  • Personal fulfilment from supporting a family in need
  • Crossroads Care in-house training
  • One to one support and group sessions
  • The opportunity to learn new hobbies or skills
  • Out of pocket expenses refunded

The service is flexible so you can arrange your volunteering around your work or family commitments. You can give as much time as you like – although we ask for a minimum of around 2/3 hours per month, most of our current volunteers give 2 – 4 hours per week.

(You will not be required to give personal care.)

Please take a look at our flyer…….Breakaway Flyer front and Breakaway Flyer back

TO FIND OUT MORE about becoming a Crossroads Breakaway volunteer or if you a carer, or know a carer who would benefit from this service, please contact Stewart McIntosh on 01462 427549/455578 or email


Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North have been supporting 1000’s people in Hertfordshire for over 30 years. We provide reliable tailored services to support family members/friends who are supporting someone living with a health condition mental or physical and depend on their support. We support the unpaid carers, the person they care for, their networks and their communities. 

We provide regular opportunities to give the family/friend unpaid carer time out from caring role whilst supporting the person living with a long term/life limiting health condition. This can be by engaging in activities in or out of the home.

Our Caring for Life service supports directly the person with Care needs these can be more frequent visits to support the individual to remain independent at home.