Renfrewshire Creative Breaks Fund
A story by Renfrewshire Carers Centre
We provided grants directly to carers who live in Renfrewshire and care for someone over the age of 21 years, to plan and pay for a break of their choice.
What Renfrewshire Creative Breaks Fund did
We set deadline dates and panel meeting dates then informed all staff of these dates, criteria and how to apply. Deadline dates, information about how to apply for the funding was all uploaded to our website, our social media and monthly Ebulletins, a press release was sent to local newspapers and magazines and Engage included a link to our website on their Ebulletin which goes to all local voluntary organisations. All this information was also in the Autumn and Winter newsletters.
Our decision making panel consists of Tracy Wallace, Office Manager who was also responsible for the administration, Maureen Caldwell, Chairperson, a Carer and Allan Mair, representative from Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership. In the absence of a panel member, another board member came along to help decide, such as the vice chair or treasurer.
Social Workers and healthcare professionals are also privy to all Ebulletins/newsletters but we also sent a separate email to them highlighting the funding was available.
On return from her break she knew that her husband was safe and well looked after by other members of the family and she felt better supported and she was not the only person who could help.
At the spa she also chatted to other members who helped with her with the isolation she was feeling and lack of social activities and friendships.