Young Carer Funding
Caring can be all consuming, but it’s important to take a break from caring. 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 time to yourself in your own home, time away on our own or with the person you care for, and time when the person you care for is looked after by someone else.
When a carer has an adult carer support plan or young carer statement, the local authority must consider whether your support should take the form of or include a break from caring.
We can help local carers access some funding for short breaks and there also other sources of funding that we may be able to access on your behalf for either breaks, counselling, computers/tablets or help to go back to school/university. There is a normal upper limit of £200 for grant applications however in extreme circumstances, we may be able to consider a slightly higher amount.
Carers have been able to purchase things that allow them to have a break at home or nearby. Some examples from our carers include waterproof clothing for long walks to allow them to get out of the house even in bad weather, craft equipment that distracts them from the stress of their caring role, and a chair massager to aid relaxation when normal therapies are unavailable.
Below we have provided information on how to apply.
If you are a young carer aged 16-18 year old you can apply for Young Carer Grant – a yearly payment for young carers in Scotland.
If you are a young carer living in Scotland, aged 11 up to 18 you can apply for Young Scot’s Young Carers Package. This is a collection of enhanced offers, from free cinema tickets and 30% off travel to up to 50% off at high street restaurants.
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