Short Break Grants
OUR SHORT BREAK FUNDS IS NOW OPEN AGAIN AFTER SECURING ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT'S COVID-19 SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES FUND.
Short Breaks for Carers
*DUE TO THE CORONOVIRUS OUTBREAK, APPLICATIONS ARE NOW ALSO INVITED FROM CARERS WHO ARE CARING FROM SOMEONE UNDER 21 YEARS UNTIL 31st AUG 2020. SO THAT MORE CARERS CAN BENEFIT, WE ARE NOW REDUCING THE MAXIMUM BREAK DOWN TO £70.
We want to encourage carers, and the people they care for, to have a ‘break’, i.e. some time-out from their regular domestic and caring routines. This will help promote good health and well-being which is particularly important at the moment with many usual respite services suspended.
With lockdown restrictions and closure of services, we want to encourage carers to use their grants even more 'creatively' to support activities that can be undertaken in the home or, where available, the garden e.g. purchasing board games, subscriptions to movie channels, magazine subscriptions, gardening tools, PC gaming equipment, Kindle readers or tablets, online music tuition, etc. Whatever activity allows you time off to relax and unwind.
FOR MORE IDEAS ABOUT TAKING A BREAK DURING THESE UNPRECENDENTED TIMES, VISIT OUR PAGE HERE
TO APPLY PLEASE ACCESS OUR WORD DOCUMENT HERE. PLEASE EMAIL THIS TO BACK TO US AS EITHER A COMPLETED DOCUMENT OR AS PHOTOS. WE ARE ONLY IN THE OFFICE ONE PER WEEK TO ACCESS ANY MAIL. OR YOU CAN CALL US TO COMPLETE OVER THE PHONE.
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 £70* 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 £70*.
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.
** Due to Coronavirus outbreak, the panel will have additional meetings to access grant applications.
* So that more carers can benefit, we have reduced the maximum break down to £70.
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 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.