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Creative Breaks for 2017.18

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Applications must meet the following criteria;
Applicants must be young or adult carers who are caring for another adult (aged 21 and over). A carer provides unpaid care to a family member, partner, relative or friend who needs help to manage a long term condition, disability, physical or mental ill health or addiction.
The carer lives in Renfrewshire
Carers will usually be providing 20 or more hours of practical or other support in an average week.
The carer and/or the person receiving care are able, possibly with support, to make necessary arrangements for the break. 
Applications from carers who received financial support from the Creative Breaks Fund in a previous round of funding cannot be considered unless the carer can demonstrate that they would otherwise find it difficult, or impossible, to take a break due to their financial circumstances AND the application meets one or more additional priority areas listed below. 
Only one application per carer will be considered in each round of funding, and no more than 2 Creative Breaks awards in total will be made per carer (Carer Support Workers at Renfrewshire Carers Centre will be happy to discuss alternative routes to accessing short breaks for carers and those they care for).
The carer has not had a break for 2 years or more
Applications should also demonstrate that the following criteria are met;
·         The health and wellbeing of the carer or the person receiving care is under strain and is likely to be improved by a short break.
·         The balance of caring and a life outside caring is seriously compromised and a short break will provide an opportunity to re-dress the balance. 
·         The carer is finding it difficult to cope and to continue in their caring role.
·         The relationship between the carer and the person receiving the care or the wider family is under strain, the relationships are likely to benefit and improve as a result of a short break. 
When completing applications for Carers please ensure the referee and supporter sections are completed.  Applications with these sections blank cannot be considered.
Application packs, covering letters and deadline dates are all downloadable here:-
Application Pack (WORD) (PDF)
Cover Letter (WORD) (PDF)
Guidance Notes (WORD) (PDF)
Deadline Dates (WORD) (PDF)
Creative Breaks Leaflet (WORD) (PDF)
If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff in the Centre.

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