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We are delighted to announce that Voluntary Action Shetland has recently been awarded £2563 to continue to support unpaid carers in Shetland to take a break from their caring role.

The money, from the Scottish Government’s Short Breaks fund, is for distributing Time to Live grants of up to £150 to unpaid carers who provide a significant amount of caring for another adult or who are classed as a young carer (under 18 years).

Shared Care Scotland has operated the Short Breaks fund on behalf of the National Carers Organisations and the Scottish Government since 2011. The aim of the fund is to increase the range and choice of short breaks opportunities for carers of adults, young carers and the people they care for. The fund pays for the development of new services that create opportunities for carers and their families to meet friends and enjoy leisure activities together or possibly for families to enjoy a much needed family break away together. Evidence shows that taking regular breaks is imperative for carers to sustain their caring role.

Due to Coronavirus, many carers have benefited this year from a break at home. Examples of how the money has been spent include purchasing garden supplies to enable a carer to spend time in his potting shed and to enjoy the garden when it came into bloom, and for another carer it was to buy baking and cooking items and ingredients.

Feedback from carers who have received a Short Break grant this year have said:

“Having this short break grant made things easier for me. It helped me to recharge my batteries and absolutely made a difference. Thank you to all involved.”

“This is an amazing service for carers. After my break I felt less stressed – thank you sooo much.”

“It gave me something else to think about during this difficult time and helped to relax me.”

“I am far more relaxed and feel I am delivering better care, which benefits both of us. I am now less stressed.”

“The mental health benefits gained through the grant has helped me in my caring role. Thank you for the grant. I made good use of it and I certainly feel a positive benefit.”

For full information about the Time to Live grant scheme, including details of how to apply, please click HERE.

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