Time 2 Be & Wee Treat
A story by connecting carers
We provided grants directly to carers including young carers who live in the Highland region that enable them to have a break and recharge their batteries.
What Time 2 Be & Wee Treat did
1. We have begun using EXCEL spread sheets to help with the administration of the grant and also to help ease the evaluation and monitoring process.
2. We introduced the "Wee Treat" as an alternative method for carers to access a break from caring. This is a smaller grant of £30 for those carers who cannot make use of the larger grant at that time.
3. We have started including volunteer carers on the decision making panel.
4. We have introduced a "young carer friendly" application form for young carers.
5. We have been promoting the grant through our website, carers information packs, the carers support line, various carers events and through leaflets given out to carers by the local carer workers.
A friend suggested that she start her own business making soap from home but Mrs A didn't have the money to go on the course. She applied to Time 2 Be and was awarded £250 that meant she could attend the soap making course. This gave her respite while attending the course but then also provided her with a source of income afterwards.
She said that she experienced a great sense of achievement having completed the course and also being able to make money to support herself and her daughter whilst still caring for her.
He used to enjoy walking and photography but his camera had broken years ago and he couldn't afford to buy another one. He applied for Time 2 Be for £250 to purchase a new camera and tripod. He reported that being able to get out, even for short periods of time to take photographs had been a "Godsend." He was feeling more like going for walks as he could take pictures and breath in the fresh air. He had even had people ask to buy some of his pictures and was thinking of making a calendar.
Sometimes he has had to leave school if there is a problem at home. The family live on benefits and he was not going to be able to go on the school ski trip. He applied for Time 2 Be and was awarded £250 thus enabling him to take part with the rest of his friends. He said it made him feel like " a proper person" who could join in with everyone doing normal things.