Research has shown that regular access to short breaks can help carers continue to provide care for longer, offering time to themselves and the opportunity to recharge their batteries.
Recognising that family finances can often make it difficult for carers to do this, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust – Adult Services makes money available from the Carers Grant to be paid directly to adult carers of adults to help them take a break: the Carers Support Fund is available to carers registered with Carers Northumberland.
Accessing the Fund involves completing a short application form, and results in an award of £25-150, depending on the carer’s circumstances. The money must be spent on the carer, but can be used in whatever way offers the best break. Carers have used it to pay for gym memberships, buy hobby equipment, visit friends and much more.
If you would like to apply please call us on 01670 320025
A similar fund exists for young carers under 18.