Support for carers

Families caring for adults in the Western Isles are set to benefit from an award of £11,435 made to Western Isles Community Care Forum - £9,435 from Shared Care Scotland and £2,000 from the local Carers Information Strategy Group.

The money, from the Creative Breaks Fund and provided by the Scottish Government is for provision of respite breaks for carers and will benefit 50 families locally.

Co-ordinator, Peggy MacKay said: “We are delighted to have received another award from Shared Care Scotland and match funding from the Carers Information Strategy Group as this will make a big difference to the lives of our family carers.

“Carers will be able to enjoy some time away from their caring role which in turn will lead to improved health and wellbeing. Caring can be extremely stressful and the family carers deserve to receive a break.”

In total, the programme has awarded just over £1 million to 63 projects from Orkney to the Scottish Borders, which will collectively benefit more than 4,500 carers and their families.

Mrs Murray, who chose to purchase pampering vouchers with her award, said: “I was stressed and this certainly helps me to relax. It made a difference being given money to spend on myself – it was great to receive acknowledgement/recognition of my caring role. I feel more valued as a result. Had I not received this money, I would not have taken this ‘time out’ to relax.”

This is the third year of the Creative Breaks programme which was established in 2011 by the Scottish Government and is administered by carers’ charity Shared Care Scotland.

The aim of the fund is to increase the range and choice of short breaks opportunities for carers of adults, kinship carers, young carers and the people they care for.

The fund pays for the development of new services that create opportunities for carers and their families to meet friends and enjoy leisure activities together or possibly for families to enjoy a much-needed family break away together.