Making a difference
In 2017/18 the Grants team at Carers Trust awarded funding through a wide range of grant programmes to support 6,825 carers of all ages.
- 1,370 individual carers were enabled to take a break from caring, purchase an essential household item or learn a new skill that would benefit them in their caring roles.
- 5,455 carers were able to take part in group events and activities, enabling them to make friends and socialise with other carers.
Working with Carers Trust local carer services which submit the applications on behalf of carers, carers of all ages have been supported, whether they need a household item such as a bed, a break, or the chance to join in support activities with other carers. Participating in these projects allowed carers to benefit from peer support, as well as expert information and advice provided through their local Carers Trust Network Partner.
Helping young carers in East Renfrewshire Carers Centre have fun over the summer holidays
Our grant of of £1,684.55 to East Renfrewshire Carers Centre helped support activities which enabled young carers to get out and about over the summer holidays. Many young carers find this time difficult as it means their caring responsibilities are intensified due to the increased time they are at home. For many of the young carers, these trips including one to the seaside and another to a local fun park, were the only opportunity they had over the holidays to get out and about.
At first, she didn’t want to come on these trips, I had to really persuade her but now she absolutely loves them and looks forward to coming along every week.”
Parent of a young carer who took part in the activities