£250,000 Help for Carers of People with Learning Disabilities

The Scottish Government has announced that individual carers can apply for a grant of up to £500 to pay for a break of their choice.

The funding is being made available as a result of a £250,000 investment made by the Scottish Government through the voluntary sector Short Breaks Fund. The aim of the fund is to help carers who look after children or adults with a learning disability take a break from their caring role. The fund will improve the availability of flexible, good quality short breaks for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. It is estimated more than 400 families will benefit from it.

The goal is to help improve the wellbeing of carers and the people they care for by enabling people to have a life outside of their caring role. The fund is open for breaks that are taken in 2014 and early 2015. Of the £250,000 allocated, £150,000 is available through the Keys to Life: Time For You fund while £100,000 has been ring fenced through the Better Breaks Programme which aims to help those under the age of 30 with disabilities and their families.