Penumbra provides short breaks at our unique houses in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. These provide a sensitive support environment for guests to focus upon their recovery, whilst giving carers a break. Guests can pursue social and individual recreational activities, and outline a plan of what they’d like to achieve from their time with a Penumbra support worker. Both houses provided respite for 550 people in 2008-09, with 95% of guests feeling more positive after their stay.
A short break can be described as an interval of rest. We provide guest house style accommodation with an emphasis on comfort, privacy and friendly, skilled support from staff and volunteers. Home cooked meals are provided and all dietary requirements catered for.
Short breaks in Edinburgh are available to anyone throughout the UK, who is experiencing or recovering from mental health problems and requires a supported break. Our service in Aberdeen is provided to the Grampian Region, covering the Local Authority areas of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
We are happy to accept self referrals as well as referrals from carers, friends, social workers, community psychiatric nurses, care managers, GP’s, psychiatrists, voluntary organisations and any other relevant personnel.
For more information on short breaks in our Edinburgh and Aberdeen guest houses please see the menu on the left.
Memories of a Penumbra Short Break
“I felt relaxed and my bed was very comfortable. My stress levels were much better at the end of my stay. The staff and volunteers were very approachable. I had a total break and my batteries were totally charged by the end of my stay. Ready to face the future again.”
Guest from Falkirk
“I found encouragement when it was appropriate, with a sensitivity to the times when during the first week I was not well. I felt fully supported and listened to in a way that made me comfortable in saying what was bothering me, even if it didn’t make sense.”
Guest from Glasgow
“The respite service keeps a very relaxed atmosphere. If I had not managed to come here I think I would have had to go to hospital. Gradually improved over the course of the week. I learned a lot which is helpful for the progress I am making on my journey to being a better person and learning I deserve the help I need.”
Guest from Perth and Kinross
“It takes away the worry for a few days and you can think of yourself for a change.”
“She benefited from the change of environment and different people and more company than at home. Also, she enjoyed the meals provided, the company and the things to do.”