Carers often care 24/7 with few breaks or none at all. In order for carers to continue to care with confidence and in good health, it is essential that there are opportunities to take a break and for carers to re-charge their batteries.
The Centre supports carers to take a break through the provision of regular and one-off group activities in the Falkirk area and Clackmannanshire. Groups and activities offer time out for the carer from their caring role and social contact with other carers.
The Centre also helps carers to fund and access breaks through a number of initiatives:
The Short Breaks Fund is a grant making programme funded by the Scottish Government to support the development of short breaks for the benefit of carers and those they care for. Shared Care Scotland administers the Short Breaks Fund on behalf of the National Carer Organisations in Scotland. The Creative Breaks and Better Breaks programmes are part of the Short Breaks fund – the Carers Centre has received funding from each of these programmes to support local carers and those they care for.
The Carers Centre is in receipt of funding from the Creative Breaks programme to be used to benefit carers who are caring for an adult with care and support needs by funding a short break for the carer and/or the person they care for. Local carers can apply for individual grants of up to £300 to fund a break of their choice. To find out more about the Creative Breaks fund, eligibility and how to apply, contact the Carers Centre in Falkirk or Alloa.
The Carers Centre receives funding from the Better Breaks programme to provide short breaks for children and young people with additional support needs and their families and carers. This award is used to offer a range of outings and activities to families in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire during the Summer, October and Christmas school holidays.
The purpose of Respitality is to give carers a break from their caring responsibilities so they can have some time for themselves to ‘recharge’ their batteries. This is achieved through the generosity and support of local hospitality providers who gift a Respitality break in the form of, for example, an overnight stay in their hotel, dinner for two, or a complimentary pass to their leisure club. Falkirk is one of several areas in Scotland where Respitality is being piloted.
Falkirk carers have benefitted from hotel breaks in Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow thanks to a generous offer by Thistle Hotels; Afternoon Tea for Two at Callendar House and family guided tours of the Kelpies, donated by Falkirk Community Trust; and bus tours of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs gifted by Invent Scottish Tours based in Grangemouth.
The Centre is working closely with Falkirk Council’s Short Breaks Bureau and Shared Care Scotland who are our partners for this project to increase the range of breaks available to carers through Respitality.
We are compiling a list of carers who would like to be kept informed about breaks as they become available, so please get in touch if you would like us to add your details to this list.
In 2015-16, funding has been made available to the Carers Centre from the Integrated Care Fund to provide health and wellbeing activities and short breaks for carers in Falkirk district. A range of health and wellbeing activities are currently being provided at the Centre in Falkirk including personal training sessions, footcare and pampering.
Up to date information about all our short break opportunities for carers is regularly posted in the ‘Latest News’ section of our website, on our Facebook page and via Twitter.