Suffolk Carers Fund

Type Project costs
Status Open
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Maximum £2,000 - £20,000
Opening
Deadlines 23rd March 2018
Outcomes expected early June

Criteria

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 unpaid carers 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.

Funding available:

Between £2,000 and £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.

The funder is particularly interested in projects that meet one of the following themes and all applications must show how they address at least one of the themes:

  • Help family members and friends recognise their role as unpaid carers at an early stage and identify and access the support they need.
  • Enable unpaid carers to access opportunities which sustain and improve their physical and emotional health and wellbeing,
  • Support those with caring responsibilities to fulfil their educational and employment potential and build and maintain their social connections.

Further information to strengthen your bid:

  • Applicants should clearly demonstrate both the need for and impact of their project and the expected outcomes of the desired project. Projects should give details of the outcome indicators and monitoring that will be put in place to demonstrate impact on the individual and their family. The funder welcomes applications that demonstrate how they capture baseline and progression data.
  • Applicants should show how they have engaged carers in the development and design of their project
  • Applicants should demonstrate how they will work in partnership with others, where possible.  Groups offering similar services will be asked to work in partnership and collaborate with others to increase the impact of this funding and their work.

For further information on carers in Suffolk: https://www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/uploads/16-Dec-2014-Family-Carers-Needs-Assessment-final.pdf

 

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