“A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.”
PKAVS Carers Hub have been awarded funding from Shared Care Scotland’s (SCS) Short Break Fund to continue the Time4Me Fund. We have also been awarded further funding from Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) to expand Time4Me to broaden the reach of this fund and help encourage carers living in the rural and potentially isolated areas of Perth & Kinross to access available funding.
We understand as a carer that you might find you have little time to look after your own needs and deciding on what a short break means to you and how you can make that a reality can feel like a daunting task. We can support carers to help identify personal outcomes by completing an Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP). A dedicated Support Worker can help with your short break planning and apply to the Time4Me fund on your behalf.
Carers have a right to an ACSP and it may also give you the opportunity to access a wider range of services and support that may not be available without an ACSP. For more info on the benefits of an ACSP visit – www.pkavscarershub.org.uk/What-is-an-Adult-Carer-Support-Plan
It would be preferential if a Carer Support Plan was used to help identify your short break outcomes as this would help provide a more holistic view of your caring situation and also allow your Support Worker to signpost you to other sources of information and support. To request an ACSP call the Carers Hub Team on 01738 567076 or make a referral through our website - www.pkavscarershub.org.uk/Referral-Forms
Carers who do not wish to have an Adult Carer Support Plan can still apply to the Time4Me Fund and can contact Marthe Handling, Respite Development Officer on 01738 567076 or email Marthe.Handling@pkavs.org.uk if they need any assistance completing the application form.
The purpose of Time4Me is to improve the range, choice and availability of personalised, creative short breaks (see ‘What is a Short Break?’ for more info) for unpaid carers and the people they care for to invest in quality time that creates a positive impact on their overall wellbeing.
Outcomes of this fund are as follows:
Unpaid carers applying for funding must meet the following criteria:
Adult carers of children and young people with disabilities aged 20 years and under are not eligible for individual grants from the Time4Me Fund. The Scottish Government provides separate funding for carers of children and young people with additional support needs via the Family Fund’s Take a Break Scotland programme. Kinship carers are also not eligible for individual grants from the Time4Me Fund as they are eligible for kinship care allowances provided by local authorities and, as such, are not considered unpaid carers.
There may be other short break organisations such as The Family Holiday Association or Carefree that we can also refer carers too so please don't hesitate to contact Marthe if you would like us to explore short break options with you.
Carers can apply for a grant to pay for respite of their own choosing. This means that the breaks are very individual and personalised to each unique situation. Carers decide when, where, with who and what they want to do! This may include things such as a break away from home either alone or with the person you care for!
We encourage carers to think about the ‘Why’, ‘How’ and ‘What’ before applying to the Time4Me Fund which should aid carers in deciding the right short break for them to meet their personal outcomes and have a lasting impact on their own quality of life, health & wellbeing.
Eligible carers can apply for grants of up to £250 from Time4Me.
Carers should also consider where there may be costs which would be incurred alongside a planned break or after a specific purchase is made. Carers should consider the affordability of such requests in the longer term.
If you have any questions or require help completing the Time4Me application please contact Marthe Handling on 01738 567076 or email Marthe.Handling@pkavs.org.uk. You can also request a hard copy by contacting Marthe.
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