Getting a break from caring can often seem a difficult concept to organise. Inverclyde Carers Centre is now open to applications for the Time to Live Short Break Fund which can assist Carers to access an alternative break from their caring role.

Maybe you fancy joining a gym, spending time in the garden, going hill walking, develop skills, try a new hobby, learn to play an instrument or maybe you have something else in mind.

The aim of this fund is to support you to access a break in a different way, giving you the chance to say what type of break matters to you. Applications so far have included piano lessons, snowboarding equipment and leisure activities.

The inspirational collection of stories below demonstrates the transformational impact that small amounts of money can have on the lives of Carers and those they care for. They break the mould of what a short break could look like.

Carers can find it difficult to decide what it is that they want from a short break; they don't always know what to ask for because they don't know what they can ask for. The hope is that these stories will help Carers realise that it is alright for them to take a time out for themselves and to inspire different ideas about how they might make the most of this time.

Click on the link: Short Break Stories


1. Who can access Time To Live breaks?

  • Carers who are registered with Inverclyde Carers Centre.
  • Carers who live with the person being cared for.
  • Carers who look after someone aged 21 or older.
  • Carers who have not accessed group breaks through ICC in the last 12 months.
  • Carers who have not been referred or receiving short breaks from HSCP.
  • Short breaks are available to Carers of all ages, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, caring responsibilities, economic and political affiliation. 

2. What costs can be met?

A maximum of £300 will be made directly to the Carer to ensure they have choice and control over their break.

3. How do carers access breaks?

Carers who have identified their need for a short break through their Carers Self Assessment(CSA) will be provided with a Shared Care Short Breaks planner. That may help you, as a Carer,  to think about the kind of things that would give you the best possible short break. A Carer Support Worker will then discuss options with you and complete report.

This will then be passed to the quarterly grants panel for consideration. All applications will be considered individually. We have funding for 31 awards therefore unfortunately we know that some Carers may be disappointed should their application not be successful.