Creative Breaks is funded through the Short Breaks Fund by the Scottish Government as part of their commitment to the development of short breaks for the benefit of carers and those they care for. The purpose of the Creative Breaks Grant Programme is to improve the range, choice and availability of short breaks so that carers and the people they care for have a better quality of life and feel better supported in their caring relationship.
Lanarkshire Carers Centre has been awarded funding by the Creative Breaks Grant Programme to fund flexible breaks for carers as part of the range of services and support that is currently offered to carers in Lanarkshire. This funding is available from November 2015 until October 2016.
Applications are made by contacting a Carer Support Worker from Lanarkshire Carers Centre (or CLASP project in Wishaw/Shotts).
Creative Breaks funding is intended to be flexible and provide carers with a break from day to day routines, a chance to try new things and participate in social activities, and time to rest and recharge their batteries. Breaks might include, for example, short holidays, leisure/fitness pursuits, cinema passes, pampering sessions, going out for a meal, classes/lessons or other day/evening activities. It can also be used to fund joint breaks and activities for the carer and the person they care for.
The fund does not set restrictions on the nature or length of the break. Applicants are encouraged to think about how this fund could be used to support regular short breaks over a longer period rather than a one off holiday.
All applicants must be carers or young carers who are caring for an adult (aged 21 or over). A carer provides unpaid care to a family member, partner, relative or friend who needs help to manage a long term condition, disability, physical or mental ill health or addiction. The fund will target those carers who are less likely to access traditional services, those who are under most stress and also those in most need of a short break.
The following eligibility criteria should also be met by anyone wishing to make an application:
Due to demand, in addition to assessing applications against the above criteria, the panel may prioritise applications where:
Aims and Priorities
Creative Breaks funding has the following aims:
The funding can help with a range of costs associated with breaks, including transport, accommodation, leisure activities and supported holidays and carers are encouraged to think widely of creative possibilities. Applicants can apply for up to £300, and if successful payment will usually be made by PRT Lanarkshire Carers Centre directly by BACS payment into the carer’s bank account.
The Panel Process
The panel includes members from North Lanarkshire Council Housing & Social Work Service, South Lanarkshire Council Resources, North Lanarkshire Carers Together, South Lanarkshire Carers Network, Lanarkshire Carers Centre and a Carer Representative. All applicants will be considered by 3 of the six panel representatives. Application forms should be counter-signed by the carers support worker (who can also but not always be the referee) in each relevant locality and whilst applications can be received throughout the funding cycle the panel will meet once a month.
Applications should be submitted by the 28th of each month for consideration by the panel that will meet around 2/3 weeks after that.. Applicants will normally be informed of the decision within 7 days of the panel meeting. If for any reason the panel is unable to meet, applications will be held over until the following month and applicants informed.
Payment for any award approved will be by BACS and will take at least four weeks from the date of panel to be paid. No telephone calls will be taken by the administration team until the four week period has passed.
Mini Breaks Assessment Process
Recommendation by Carer Support Worker/Duty Worker, CLASP (Wishaw/Shotts) and signed off by the Carer Resource Worker for either North or South Lanarkshire as appropriate.
Terms and Conditions
The following Terms and Conditions apply to all applicants:
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Please contact your Carer Support Worker who will support you to apply for a short break. If you have not used any of our services before, please contact us in the first instance to discuss your caring role:
South Lanarkshire: Please contact our Hamilton office on 01698 428090
North Lanarkshire: Please contact our Airdire office on 01236 755550
Please complete our short breaks online enquiry form and a member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550: