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. Often known as respite, there are now many options available which can include which can include time to yourself in your own home, time away on your own with friends/family or with the person you care for, and time when the person you care for is looked after by someone else.
Carers Link manages grants which can financially support you to take some time for yourself. The grants are open to all carers including young, kinship and parent carers. There are some ideas on our website and more on the Shared Care website.
We also may be able to provide funding for counselling or help to go back to school/university.
At this time, we do not have any funding available for payment of utility or food bills, household items or repairs but our team may be able to signpost you to places that can help if you get in touch with us.
For the majority of grants, there is a normal upper limit of £200 for home activities and £400 for breaks away from home. We may, however, in extreme circumstances, be able to consider a slightly higher amount.
To apply for any funding from Carers Link please read the applicant guidance by clicking on the button below, and then click on the application form button to complete and submit your application.
If you are unable to complete the electronic form, please phone the office and ask for a paper form to be sent out or ask a member of staff to complete it on your behalf.
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. Currently mail is not being picked up from the office on a regular basis so if possible please email or phone us. During evenings and weekends, if you or someone you know requires urgent social work support, please call 0800 811 505.