Need a Break?

Young Carers tell us that getting some respite or a break from caring can make a real difference, giving them a chance to have some time to themselves. Young Carers can apply for a 'Time 2 Be' or 'Sibling Grant" and can get in touch to find out more about other grants that may be available.

What is 'Time 2 Be'?
Time 2 Be is a grant award aimed at ensuring Young Carers who are registered with Connecting Young Carers have the opportunity to access a short break, time when carers can recharge their batteries and catch their breath!

Time 2 Be is about having the chance to plan a break or a way of getting some timeout from a caring role. The Time 2 Be allows Young Carers to create a break that works for your particular needs and circumstances.   It may be a few hours to pursue a hobby or activity, catch up with friends or relax doing something you enjoy.   You can find out more here.  You can download an application form here.

Wee Treats for Young Carers

If you can’t get away or plan a bigger break, you can access a Wee Treat grant. It is a smaller grant of up to £30 for you to plan a Wee Treat for yourself. It’s quick and simple.   Carers have used it for things such as: a new haircut, a massage, a take away meal, craft equipment, running shoes, a theatre show, cinema tickets, afternoon tea with an old friend.

Sibling Carer Fund
The aim of the fund is to help Sibling Young Carers to access and direct their own version of respite/timeout. The fund emphasises that the trip/activity must be the Sibling Young Carers choice.
 
This can take the form of;

  • Day out
  • School trip
  • Lessons
  • Activity’s
  • Equipment i.e. art supplies, sports equipment etc.

This can be a break/activity that the young person accesses themselves (i.e. school trip) or a day out with a family member (Mum and Sibling Young Carers trip to the cinema etc.).  You can find out more here.

You can download a Sibling Carer Fund application form here.

How does it all work?
Any Young Carer in Highland can apply via Connecting Young Carers and one of the team will help you apply.

Not registered with Connecting Young Carers?
You can get in touch today to register on 01463 723562/3 or email youngcarers@connectingcareers.org.uk.