Apply for funding
Caring can be all consuming, but it’s important too for you to take a break. Having a chance to ‘recharge your batteries’ helps both you and the person you look after. This can be time out to have a coffee, gardening, joining a local or online group, audio books, music or leisure membership, concert tickets, hobby equipment, massages, weekend away or a holiday – see more ideas here.
To help carers access some funding, you can
- Talk to us Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the office and we will be in touch with you to explore what would work best for you; identify some of the challenges that prevent you from having a break; look at potential solutions; and apply for grants that may be able to help you financially. This can be done by phone or face to face, or
- Apply direct – If you know what you would like to do, you can complete the application form online or get a paper form sent out to you. We may be in touch with you to discuss your application further.
Please contact us if you are looking for funding for counselling, help to go back to school/university or household appliances, we may be able to help with these. Although we do not have funding available for utility/food bills or household repairs, we may be able to signpost you to places/grants that may be able to help.
As a guide, we suggest an upper limit of around £200 for individual breaks at home and £300 – £400 for breaks away. We may, however, in extreme circumstances, be able to consider a slightly higher amount for individual or family requests.
We are normally open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00 pm, but appointments (by phone, in person or online) out with these hours can be arranged. During evenings and weekends, if you or someone you know requires urgent social work support, please call 0800 811 505.