Long Weekend Breaks
A story by Crossroads Orkney
We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Orkney Islands to access a two night trip to the Scottish Mainland.
If they were unable to leave the island they had the option of an alternative therapy, club membership or any other break that matched our guidelines.
What Long Weekend Breaks did
We have made 24 grants over the past year, 22 of which were for a trip of the island. Some grants were made towards a longer holiday. One grant was for a series of pampering sessions and another for a gym membership.
We advertise the fund on our website, through our quarterly newsletter and the local newspaper. Social Services are also aware of this fund. We have a user friendly application form which we send to the Carer to fill in. On its return it goes before the panel which consists of the manager, assistant manager and a board member. The Carer is then informed of the decision and where needed, help to book their trip. The grant is paid on receipt of booking confirmation or can be paid up front by special arrangement if required.
The family can access a hospice for respite care. As the parents both care for the child, finances are tight. Our time to live fund has enabled the family to take up the respite offer at the hospice using our fund to pay for the travel there. Having this break has been a huge benefit to all the family as there are a team of workers at the hospice to see to all the child's needs allowing the family to have time to rest, relax and do fun things together.
What Crossroads Orkney has learnedWe have learned how important it is for carers to have a couple of days away from everything and how refreshed and grateful they are that they get this opportunity.
The fund compliments our existing respite care scheme. We have had a lot of returning applicants and some new ones too. Availability of this fund is getting through to people and it was heartening to see a Kinship Carers come forward. Management of the fund is so easy and it is so beneficial to Carers.