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'Time to Live' Grants

****Our TIME TO LIVE Short Break grant scheme REOPENS on 1st October 2021****

We want to encourage carers, and the people they care for, to have a 'break', i.e. some time out from their regular caring routines. We want you to use the money to do something that you enjoy, that will give you something to look forward to and that will help promote good health and wellbeing.

We have funding available to offer Short Break grants to carers in need of a break. Scottish Government Short Breaks Funding is administered through Shared Care Scotland and delivered through the Time to Live Short Break grant scheme. Applicants for these grants (including young carers) should be caring for someone who is 21 years or older. You can also email us at [email protected] for an application form.

Here is a brochure with further information about our Short Break grant schemes. This includes some ideas for your Short Break and we are open to your suggestions too. If you would like some ideas about ways to take a break at home, please visit our page HERE. Our current eligibiity criteria for awarding Time to Live Short Breaks can be found HERE.

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 towards the cost of a holiday, activity, hobby or therapy. Your application will be assessed against our eligibility criteria.

Make a Request - it's Easy

1. Apply online by accessing the application form HERE or call Amanda Brown to obtain a paper version of the application form (01595 743923). We can also help you to complete an application over the phone if you prefer.

2. Once Shetland Carers has received your completed application form we will acknowledge 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. Panel meetings take place approximately every six to eight weeks. Panel meeting dates for this grant year are 10th November 2021, 15th December 2021, 24th January 2022, 9th March 2022, 4th May 2022, 29th June 2022 and 7th September 2022. 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 Shetland Carers 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 about your Short Break which can be done online 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.

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