Mutual short breaks Who can apply for a short break through this funding? Groups of two or more Carers, who are registered with Inverclyde Carers Centre, are registered as caring for each other and not had an overnight break away from their caring role in the last 12 months. Short breaks are available to Carers of all ages, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, caring responsibilities, economic and political affiliation. What costs can be met? The maximum cost of break is £250 per Carer. Accommodation costs which can be on any board basis and may include entertainment where provided. Travel costs which may involve public transport or use of private vehicle. Additional Support Costs. How do Carers access breaks? Carers should speak to a Carer Support Worker who will discuss options in terms of whether the Carer wishes to manage their own break budget or whether they would like centre staff to do this for them. Having identified a short break a Carer Support Worker will complete an application form which will then be passed to the Manager for consideration. All applications will be considered individually at the end of each calendar month and Carers notified whether application is successful shortly after. CARERS MUST NOT BOOK BREAK PRIOR TO APPROVAL. What difference do we hope short breaks will make? To give Carers a break from their caring routine. To relieve stress from caring. To give Carers the chance to recharge their energy to enable them to continue with their caring role. To enable Carers to have leisure time for themselves. To assist Carers to develop friendships with other Carers. To reduce social isolation. These breaks have been made possible through grant funding provided by Inverclyde Community Health Care Partnership.