Long Weekends Plus
A story by Crossroads Orkney
We provided grants directly to carers who live in the Orkney Islands.
What Long Weekends Plus did
We advertised our Time to Live Fund in the local newspaper, our website, our Facebook page and in our newsletter. Each applicant is sent guidance notes and an application form. On return of the application it goes before our panel of board member, deputy manager and manager and a decision is made on the grant to be awarded.
We can help people look for and book their breaks. We advise on a range of things that their break can be, such as trips off the island, gym membership, horse riding and alternative therapies such as massage, Relexology etc.
Two of our applicants who were awarded holidays have not been able to take them due to caring commitments.
She has been let down with residential respite care in the past. She applied to our fund and was awarded a grant to go away for a few days and we also provided the care for her mother when she was away. She was extremely grateful for the break and said she felt so much better after it.
What Crossroads Orkney has learnedThis fund compliments the services that we provide. We can assist our carers to have a break financially with the Time To Live grants and we can look after their dependants when they have their break if needed.
We offer a lot of services to carers but we think this one is the icing on the cake. Many of the services carers receive are just to cover basic needs, this one gives them something pleasurable to enjoy just for them.
It is very satisfying for us as an organisation to have this fund to distribute as it is so flexible in the types of breaks that can be accessed giving carers a huge choice of how they spend it.
We have had several first time applicants, probably due to increased advertising by using our new Facebook page.