Are you supporting a family member or a friend as an unpaid carer, or do you know someone who is?
Suffolk Community Foundation are administering a funding grant for activities within communities that enable adult unpaid carers to sustain their caring role by supporting their feelings of wellbeing, choice and control.
There is up to £20,000 available – but the deadline to apply is 4th February.
This grant programme has been created by Suffolk County Council and aims to support those providing unpaid support to family members and friends who are ill, frail, or have physical or mental health or addiction issues.
Caring for our relatives and friends when they are in need is a challenge that the vast majority of us will need to rise to at some point in our lives. Carers are as diverse as society itself. They may be any age and come from any cultural background. Many carers are invisible to the health and care system. When a family member or friend becomes sick or experiences ill-health, it has the potential to change lives forever and can have a profound and lasting effect on the health and wellbeing of family members who look after them. The support offered by carers is critical to these people and is one of the most valuable assets within our communities but can be incredibly difficult for those in the role. This funding programme recognises that challenge and seeks to support those who provide this unpaid care.
The objective of the fund is to enable our adult (18+) unpaid carers supporting adults to sustain their caring role and support their feelings of wellbeing, choice and control by meeting one or more of the following themes:
- Supporting people to identify themselves as carers at an early stage and identify and access the support they need.
- Supporting unpaid carers to maintain their health and wellbeing through learning, employment or leisure activities.
- Supporting unpaid carers to remain mentally and physically well.
Up to £20,000 for activities within communities that enable our adult unpaid carers to sustain their caring role by supporting their feelings of wellbeing, choice and control.
There is more information and an application form here