Time to Live
A story by Angus Carers Centre
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Angus.
What Time to Live did
Carers completed an application form with their details, a named referrer, who they cared for, how their caring role impacted on them specifically concentrating on their health, social life and the financial impact. They provided information on what they would like to do for their short break, for how long and the approximate cost of the break. Staff helped carers complete application forms and discussed the range of breaks that suited their needs.
Completed applications went to a panel which consisted of the short breaks worker and two volunteers who work in the One Stop Shop, carers and volunteers who are part of a funding support group and regularly make decisions on funding applications for carers and a carer development worker from the centre. The panel met monthly.
The fund was advertised on our website and in our quarterly newsletter as well as on our Facebook page and twitter. We advertised locally to encourage carers who were not registered with the Centre to apply for a short break and also put the information out to a range of professionals within the voluntary sector, Health and Social Care Partnership, specific groups and the private sector.
They hired a marquee and a BBQ at a local country park which allowed the whole family to have quality time together.
What Angus Carers Centre has learnedBy advertising to all carers in Angus we were able to reach some carers who had never had support as a carer. Our panel were established which made the process of looking at applications easier and quicker. Some carers applied for smaller amounts of financial support which meant other carers were able to be awarded time to live awards.
The panel were also very good at identifying applications that could apply for alternative funding which meant that more carers had a break, we made use of our Respitality and the One Stop Shop which specifically helps carers look at short breaks.