Breaks from Caring Fund
A story by Carers of East Lothian
We provided grants directly to carers who live in East Lothian.
What Breaks from Caring Fund did
The application process has remained essentially the same as in previous years (although we have since refined it). We ask applicants to complete an application form (and assist in doing so where necessary) and seek brief comments from a referee to give us sufficient information to make a decision on the application.
Our panel currently consists of 3 people, the manager and a Board member from Carers of East Lothian and a manager in the Social Work Department. The fund is advertised to carers through our newsletter and more widely via partner agencies. The number of applications is increasing while the funding available is reducing so we need to be proportionate about wider advertising.