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.”