Long Weekend Breaks
A story by Crossroads Orkney
We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Orkney Islands who are doing a significant amount of caring.
What Long Weekend Breaks did
We advertised the fund in the local newspaper, our quarterly newsletter and our website. Applicants are sent an application form and eligibility guidance notes. When the application comes back it goes before a small panel consisting of the manager, assistant manager and board member.
The applicant is then informed of the decision and offered help to access the break. They are given the money on proof of payment for the break or alternative arrangements can be made if they do not have the money to pay up front. We also made contributions to longer breaks.
Along with help from two other charities, the local authority and our Time to Live Fund we have finally raised enough for the fence to be put up. It is now on target to be completed before spring. This will enable Joe to get outside and play with mother secure in the knowledge that he will be completely safe. We feel this is money well spent as it will provide hours and hours of respite for many years to come and has made the family very happy.
The emotional and financial stress in cases like this can only be truly appreciated by someone who has faced it. They had a family break earlier in the year when they all went to Rachel House where they benefited from the care and support given. Our Time to Live Fund helped with the travel costs as getting a family of six off the Orkney Islands is expensive. This break was a great opportunity for the family to relax and have quality time together with others helping with the care.
Kinship Carers get so little but do so much. Our Time to Live Fund enabled the family to get off the island for a week in a caravan in the North of Scotland. They were so grateful to be recognised as Carers and felt valued when they received the funding for the break.
What Crossroads Orkney has learnedWe are really happy to have been able to help Kinship Carers by giving them some funding. They do not fit the criteria for our other services but this is one practical way we can help them. They are a very deserving group of people who we feel get overlooked.
As an organisation we are delighted to give our Carers something exciting to look forward to for a change. So much of what they do revolves around an ardous daily routine. It gives us great pleasure to see the difference it makes to their lives.
Carers are quite reluctant to apply for funding as they always seem to think there is someone more deserving than them.