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Moray funding for carer breaks


Date Added - 25/01/13

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More Moray carers are set to benefit from a much needed break thanks to a successful funding bid by Quarriers Carer Support Service (Moray) in partnership with Moray Council’s short breaks bureau.

For a second successive year the two organisations have come together to ensure local carers are able to benefit from the Scottish Government’s Creative Break programme which gives carers the chance to enjoy a range of activities, including residential weekend stays, daytime breaks, social activities and activity breaks.

The funding of almost £20,000 for Moray will help contribute towards much needed breaks for those who care for adult family members or friends who are ill, disabled or misuse substances.

Susan Leonard, project manager for Quarriers Carer Support Service, said: “A break from the challenges of caring can make a real difference to carers. However many do not have the time or energy to investigate the options available and, particularly at this time of economic hardship, cannot afford to fund breaks.

“This partnership provides carers with advice and information on the options available and some funding to help make the break possible.”

The Creative Breaks programme encourages carers to determine what a break means to them . For example, it could be a gym pass which allows them an hour away to let off steam, a piece of computer equipment which the person they care for enjoys whilst the carer gets a regular uninterrupted tea break, or a day away with some extra support so the whole family can enjoy it.

Last year Moray was awarded £8,000 to run a pilot project for families where there was an interdependent child and a caring situation. This meant the young person could be the carer, a sibling or the cared for. The project enabled 53 people in total to get away from their daily responsibilities and enjoy a change of scene.

The further funding for this year was also welcomed by Pauline Knox, Moray Council’s senior carers strategy officer.

“We are so pleased to have been successful in this partnership approach to Creative Breaks for a second year,” she said. “The carers in Moray will benefit from the increased opportunities to get a break that meets their needs.”

The current Creative Break funding is open to carers of all ages, including young carers, but not to carers of children with disabilities. They have an opportunity to access other funding through www.familyfund.org.uk.

Carers or those who know a carer who might benefit from a break can contact Quarriers on 01343 556031 or Moray Council’s short breaks bureau on 01343 563887 for more information and an application form.

Quarriers is commissioned by the local authority to provide support to unpaid carers of all ages throughout Moray, while the short breaks bureau can offer guidance, advice and information on a wide range of services, including accommodation, sources of funding and equipment hire, and Short Break options.