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Michael Matheson announces funding boost for Falkirk carers

Public health minister Michael Matheson MSP knows the additional funding will be put to good use

Public health minister Michael Matheson MSP knows the additional funding will be put to good use

 

Public health minister Michael Matheson has announced extra funding to allow carers and their families to take a break.

The Falkirk West MSP said there will be an extra £250,000 available to charities Shared Care Scotland and the Family Fund to help more enjoy some precious time away.

The cash bonus comes on top of the £2 million the Scottish Government has already pledged to the ‘Better Breaks’ and ‘Take A Break’ programmes for 2013-14. It will allow support groups like The Princess Royal Carers Trust Centre in Falkirk to access grants to arrange short breaks for disabled children and their families.

The ‘Take a Break’ scheme, managed by the Family Fund, supports children and young people with disabilities and their parent carers to take a holiday or outing. Carers can also apply for short holidays to give them a change of scenery and some rest and relaxation.

Mr Matheson said: “I know from my discussions at the Falkirk Carers Centre that carers find it invaluable to be able to take breaks, even if just for a day or two. More people than ever before are now acting as full-time carers, looking after loved ones around the clock seven days a week. They are all making a tremendous contribution to society and that’s why the Scottish Government will have invested more than £112 million by 2015 to support carers and young carers.”

Sharon Campbell, information and support team leader at the Princess Royal Carers Trust, said: “We have received funding from Shared Care Scotland before and it was put to very good use. The breaks are of great benefit to the children, their familes and their carers.”

 

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