Carers feeling the strain of day-to-day caring are being urged to contact a charity to discuss ways to help them improve their health and wellbeing, which could result in a Carer’s Wellbeing Grant of up to £200.
Bradford Council allocates up to £200 to unpaid carers to help them pay for support such as pamper sessions, short breaks, computer equipment and sports tickets so carers can improve their own wellbeing and can continue their vital role.
A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability
To be considered for the Carer’s Wellbeing Grant, carers must have an informal review about their health and wellbeing with a member of staff from local charity Carers’ Resource. The charity will then be able to recommend the carer for a grant.
Carers’ Resource chief executive Chris Whiley said: “A recent report by Carers UK found that 40% of carers had not had a day off from caring for more than a year. We want these grants to help as many carers as possible to have a break and some time to rest, relax and do something they enjoy.
“In the past, carers could apply for this grant by filling in a form. This is no longer the case as we have redesigned the system with Bradford Council to ensure carers can access support when they most need it.”
The grants are for over-18s who live in the geographical boundaries of Bradford Council and the Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group.
To refer yourself or someone else, call Carers’ Resource on 01274 449660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org