Long Weekend Breaks
A story by Crossroads Orkney
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Orkney, to plan and pay for a short break of their choice.
What Long Weekend Breaks did
The Time to Live Fund was advertised in the local newspaper, through our quarterly newsletter to Carers and on our website. The application process is kept as simple as possible. We send out guidance on the fund and a one sided A4 application form asking details about the Carers dependant, what respite they already access and when they last had a break.
When the application comes back to us a small panel (which includes a board member) meets to allocate funds where appropriate. We are happy to help Carers access their break if they need help, this may be with booking things online for example. Carers who do not want to have a break off the island can pick an alternative such as a gym membership, horse riding or any other activity that provides them with a respite break.