Time 2 Be and Wee Treat
A story by Connecting Carers
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Highland to enable them to have a break and to have a life alongside caring.
What Time 2 Be and Wee Treat did
Having conducted a root and branch review in the previous year, this year was about consolidation, awareness raising and increasing proactive approaches to ensure our fund was accessed by carer in the most need and most vulnerable to burn out because of their caring role.
We have revised our application forms and leaflets and increase publicity through events and social media.
Having the swing chair is so special as I can sit outside for a short time listening to the birds even as autumn comes in. I have always wanted a swing chair and this had been a project P was going to do, he wanted to build one from scratch. He is delighted that I have one now.
I can’t leave P now, always having to be nearby and in hearing of him. I am just so grateful to have been given this gift and for P to know I have a swing chair now is very comforting for him. Thank you again for bringing this about.”
I can’t believe how much better I feel after this break. All the responsibilities and relentless round of appointments, doctors, specialists, support workers etc. which I need to keep on top of all of this fell away and I felt relaxed for the first time in at least 2 years.”
This break has allowed me to have some down time as well as getting to spend some quality time with my fiancée and friends, thus I returned refreshed and rested. This allowed me to continue caring for mum with a fresh mind and being able to do so with less stress. Since returning I have been on better terms with mum since there is now a little less tension and I feel more able to deal with the emotional and physical demands of caring."
Thank you very, very much. This means I can carry on ‘plotting’ for a good while yet! My allotment is my bolt hole. The place I go just for a break to breathe and just to be. I can’t stress enough how much this plot means to me. Regular wee visits just brighten my day and give me renewed energy and feelings of wellbeing.”
We stayed overnight at the Premier Inn and it was a lovely change away. This break came at a very timely time as my role caring for my mother-in-law had reached crisis point and I cannot begin to tell you how much this break was needed and your kindness with your donation allowed us to enjoy our break immensely.”
What Connecting Carers has learnedWe have learned that with increased awareness comes increased demand and as we look forward to the coming year we are discussing how we can make sure the maximum number of carers that most in need are able to access the fund. We continue to monitor demand and the types of breaks carers are looking for.
We also discuss the fund processes and procedures at our bi-monthly team meetings and engage the entire team in looking at the best ways to make the most of what we know is funding that is of tremendous benefit to carers across Highland. We are confident that we can ensure that we have a robust and well organised fund, effective communication and promotion, and we can make the maximum impact for carers to enable us to meet the objectives of the fund going forward.
We generated an estimated 14,827 hours of respite for carers through the awards in this period.