Carers Link can provide grants of up to £300 to carers in East Dunbartonshire who care for a family member or friend who is 21 or over. The funding is to pay for the carer to have a short break from their caring role, and can be used however suits the carer best. In the first round of grants 8 applications were received, of which 7 were funded.
We know that carers often require support and encouragement to ask for a break, and many people find that traditional respite care, such as time at a day centre, or support staff coming in to their home, doesn’t work for them. Grants already awarded have been used to pay for breaks such as a family day out to Top Gear Live at the Hydro, creative writing classes and a treadmill.
We know that carers are busy people and often don’t have a lot of time to think, so Fiona, our peer support coordinator, can help with stories that have worked for others and which might inspire you. Fiona also help you to complete the application form as we want as many carers as possible to benefit from this funding.”
Application forms for the second round of awards must be received at Carers Link by 4pm on Tuesday 21st February. More information, and an application form is available from Fiona Campbell at Carers Link, telephone 0800 975 2131, or you can download the form here.