Need a Break

Short Breaks for Carers


Voluntary Action Shetland has been fortunate to secure £3,900 from the Creative Breaks Fund from Shared Care Scotland allowing us to offer carers of adults in Shetland the chance to benefit from a short break from their caring role.

  ‘’We are delighted to once again receive funding from Creative Breaks so that we can offer Short Break Grants to carers.  We see first hand the impact that caring can have and how important it is for carers to receive support and valuable time out for themselves.  This could be a trip to see family and friends on the mainland or time to take part in a hobby or relaxation session –anything that  awards the carer a break from their caring responsibilities.  We hope this break makes Carers feel better supported to sustain their caring role.’’ 

Karen Hannay, VAS Carer Support Worker 

 Ideas for your short break

Here is a brochure with further information about our Short Break Grant Scheme.  This includes some ideas for your short break and we are open to your suggestions too. 

Funding Your Short Breaks

Short breaks will be subject to funding.  We have set a limit on the amount of grant we can provide to allow as many carers as possible to benefit from the scheme.  Currently, we are offering up to £150 per carer towards your chosen short break.   This could be the cost towards a holiday, activity or therapy. Your application will be processes on a first come first served basis and assessed against our eligibility criteria.

May MacDonald said : “As a carer, I benefitted from a grant through the Short Breaks scheme this year.  It gave me the opportunity to relax and have time to myself, whilst enjoying a spa break away from home, (in Bressay!)  For anyone in a caring role, this support is so important as it allows you to re-charge your batteries and continue to look after your loved ones”.

Make a Request - it's Easy

1) Apply online by clicking the 'Short Break Form' button at the top of this page or call Karen Hannay at VAS to obtain a paper version of the application form (01595 743923) 

2) Register with the confidential VAS carers database. This enables us to record that you are a carer and send you any new carer information.

3) Once VAS has received your completed application form we will process it and if you meet our eligibility criteria we will send out a cheque to you.

After Your Short Break

As part of the conditions for the grant you will need to send us receipts for your short break.  We also require that you fill in an Evaluation form telling us ling us about your Short Break which can be done on line or a paper version can be completed.  This helps us to monitor the success and take-up of the project and make improvements where necessary.