Creative Breaks 2013/14
A story by Western Isles Community Care Forum
We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Western Isles.
What Creative Breaks 2013/14 did
We developed an application form and then advertised the fund through our web-site, newsletters, member organisations, carers noticeboards, some statutory services and our carers trainers project which supported carers in making an application.
Our selection panel consisted of the Co-ordinator, Clerical Assistant and a Training & Assessment Officer, who all met 4 times during the period of the fund.
What Western Isles Community Care Forum has learned- There is a great need amongst carers for regular respite
- Creative use of the Short Breaks Fund can lead to long term benefits
- There is a need amongst carers for practical and financial support
- Promotion of this fund has brought new carers to our organisation