Information & advice Carer stories Phillip's Story Phillip had recently moved to Inverclyde from Swansea to care for his elderly mother on a fulltime basis. Through time, Phillip had started to feel very isolated and felt that he wanted to discover aspects of his local community. Following a short discussion with a Carer Support Worker, Phillip was encouraged to complete a short breaks planner which would help him to identify the type of break he would like to pursue and highlight any barriers around this. Having completed the planner, Phillip had described having a keen interest in playing guitar again but felt restricted because of his fulltime caring role. Reconnecting with this hobby was very important to him, not only to learn this instrument, but to tie in with his longer term goal of joining the local acoustic club. Through the support of the Time to Live fund, Phillip had applied for guitar lessons which would take place within his own home and funds to purchase a second hand guitar to get him started. Alongside the professional lessons, Phillip was able to set aside time to practice playing his guitar in between his caring role, giving him time to himself in the way he really wanted.