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Short Break Grants

VAS can provide a grant to help you take a short break of your choice.

Short Breaks for Carers

If you providing a significant amount of care for an adult over 21 then you could be eligible to apply for our Short Break Grant scheme to award you a break from your caring responsibilitities.

Voluntary Action Shetland has been fortunate to secure £3,203 from Shared Care Scotland's Time to Live Fund allowing us to offer carers of adults in Shetland the chance to benefit from a short break from their caring role from October 2019 to September 2020.

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. Here is our current criteria for awarding Short Breaks.

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 a grant up to a maximum of £150 per carer towards your chosen short break. This could be the cost towards a holiday, activity or therapy. Your application will be assessed against our eligibility criteria.

Make a Request - it's Easy

1. Apply online by clicking the 'Short Break Form' button at the top of this page or call Kirsten Harcus obtain a paper version of the application form (01595 743980)

2. Once VAS has received your completed application form we will acknoweldge receipt.

3. This will then register you with our service so that we can record you are a carer and send you any new carer information.

Notes about the Application Process

1. Grants will be allocated four times per year at panel meetings on 6th December 2019, 21st February 2020, 8th May 2020, and 21st August 2020. Applications that are time critical can be assessed at the panel’s discretion in between meetings. Applicants will be advised within one week of the meeting the outcome of their application.

2. Any grant awarded will reflect a contribution towards the break, subject to a maximum amount of £150.

3. Previous recipients can reapply in subsequent years but if the fund is oversubscribed priority will be given to first time applicants.

4. Carers may be invited to meet with VAS Support Worker to discuss their application if further information is required.

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.

Short Break - Application Form

The information you supply here is voluntary, the more info you supply us with the more we can tailor our communication to you.

Personal Information – Information About Carer

Information About Caring Situation

Information About Person Being Cared For

Information About Caring Situation And Caring Role Of Carer

Short Breaks Information

Data Protection

Here at Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide the products and services you have requested from us. In order to provide carers with a better service we are now working in partnership with Shetland Care Attendant Scheme (SCAS). We will share your information with this organisation via a joint database. If you have any concerns about this please discuss this with us.

From time to time VAS / SCAS would like to contact you with details of other services we provide. If you consent to us contacting you for this purpose, please tick to say how you would like us to contact you.

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Where appropriate we would also like to pass your details onto Shetland Islands council and / or NHS Shetland and other third sector organisations who support carers and will pass information to you regarding being a carer or services to support the person you care for, so that they can contact you with details of services that they provide. If you consent to us passing on your details for that purpose, please tick to confirm:

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