Creative Breaks Time to Live is a funding programme of the Short Breaks Fund, operated by Shared Care Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government as part of their commitment to the development of short breaks for the benefit of carers and those they care for. The purpose of the Short Breaks Fund is to increase the range, availability and choice of short breaks for carers and those they care for across Scotland.
Lanarkshire Carers has been awarded funding to provide short breaks to carers across Lanarkshire. Carers can apply for up to £250 towards the cost of a short break if they meet the application criteria.
Creative Breaks Time to Live funding is intended to be flexible and provide carers with a break from the daily routine of caring. It can be an opportunity to try something new, to participate in social activities, have time to rest and recharge their batteries. We encourage carers to be creative with the types of short breaks they wish to apply for. The fund does not set restrictions on the nature or length of the break and applicants are encouraged to think about how this fund could be used to support regular short breaks over a longer period rather than a one off holiday.
All applicants must be carers who are caring for an adult (aged 21 or over) or young carers who are being supported by a young carers organisation. A carer provides unpaid care to a family member, partner, relative or friend who needs help to manage a long term condition, disability, physical or mental ill health or addiction. The fund will target those carers who are less likely to access traditional services, those who are under most stress and also those in most need of a short break.
For professionals completing with carer please check with Lanarkshire Carers if the applicant has received other funding within the last 36 months.
The following eligibility criteria should also be met by anyone wishing to make an application:
Applications will be considered for recently bereaved carers who:
Due to demand and the limited nature of this fund, in addition to assessing applications against the above criteria the panel may prioritise applications where:
Aims and Priorities
Creative Breaks Time to Live funding has the following aims:
Applicants can apply for up to £250 and are encouraged to think creatively in relation to short break opportunities. If successful payment will be made by Lanarkshire Carers directly by BACS payment.
The Panel Process
The panel includes carer representative, member of the Lanarkshire Carers Board of Directors and Management Team. Applications can be received throughout the funding cycle and the decision making panel will meet once a month.
Applications must be endorsed by Lanarkshire Carers or a professional supporting you (the carer) with your caring role. Applications should be submitted by the 28th of each month for consideration by the panel that will meet around 2/3 weeks after that. Applicants will normally be informed of the decision within 7 days of the panel meeting. If for any reason the panel is unable to meet, applications will be held over until the following month and applicants informed.
Payment for any award approved will be by BACS and will take at least four weeks from the date of panel to be paid. No telephone calls will be taken by the administration team until the four week period has passed.
Terms and Conditions
The following Terms and Conditions apply to all applicants:
Last updated: December 2019
Please contact Lanarkshire Carers in the first instance and we can support you to apply for Creative Breaks Time to Live funding:
Please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, please complete our Online Enquiry Form and we will respond as soon as possible.
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