Improve health & wellbeing with a short break from caring
The Wellbeing Fund
(formally known as Take a Break/TAB)
There have been some changes to this service following a review of carers services by Gateshead Council and Newcastle / Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This service is now operated by Gateshead Carers Association and our contract with the council and CCG includes some changes to how it operates:
The service is now called The Wellbeing Fund
The fund is discretionary. This means that there is limited money available so not all applications will be successful.
Under our contract we have to give priority to applications from carers who;
- Have not accessed a break from their caring role through the old Take a Break service in the last 12 months
- Are providing care for at least 15 hours per week
- The cared for person must be ordinarily resident in Gateshead
- All applicants to the fund must initially go through our information / initial assessment line to have their needs for a break assessed by one of our Carer Wellbeing Facilitators. This will also be an opportunity for people to discuss any other challenges they are facing as a carer.
What sort of things can I apply for?
A grant from the Carers Wellbeing Fund can be used for something that clearly gives you a break, supports you in your caring role, and/or maintains or improves your own health and wellbeing. For example:
- A holiday or weekend break in the UK
- Therapies/relaxation or wellbeing sessions, including spa days
- College course fees, books or equipment
- Gym membership, exercise classes, swimming sessions etc.
- An adult education class or training course
- Day trips to places of interest or a general day trip.
- Social events e.g. to attend a concert, the theatre or the cinema
- Driving Lessons
- Purchase of items for an activity or hobby e.g. a tent or a bicycle
- A laptop/tablet/mobile phone
- Household items e.g. a washing machine, a cooker or a fridge
- Decorating costs
- Essential goods for the carer ‘s wellbeing i.e. TV for bedroom
- Gardening or gardening equipment costs
What sort of things can I not apply for?
A ‘Carer Wellbeing Fund’ grant cannot be used for any of the following:
- To pay for residential care in a care home
- To pay for respite or a sitting service
- To pay for the person you are caring for or any other person to accompany you on a break/holiday. You can take a break with someone else but they must pay their own costs.
- To pay for petrol/travel expenses that are not part of a holiday/break
- Flights/holidays/breaks outside the UK
- To pay for food or drinks, except where included in the cost of a break (e.g. bed and breakfast).
- To pay the cost of things that should be provided by the local authority or the NHS
- Cosmetic procedures e.g. tattoos, piercings, hair extensions
- To buy tobacco, alcohol or other drugs
- To pay off debts
- To gamble, including Bingo
- To do anything which is against the law
- To pay household bills such as rent, gas or electricity
- To pay for the ordinary costs of daily living such as food shopping, hairdressing or clothes
- To pay for anything you have already done, bought or paid for
Click here to download our Carer Wellbeing Fund Application Form 2019
Click here to download our Guidance Notes
To find out more, please contact our reception 0191 490 0121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We run a variety of Short Break Groups and activities to help carers focus on their own needs and work on developing personal skills and interests. The groups also help carers to overcome some of the negative effects often experienced due to a caring role such as; social isolation, depression and poor physical health. These friendly, informal groups usually meet on a weekly or monthly basis and offer carers a variety or practical, creative and social activities to enjoy.
Our Short Break Groups are FREE however there may be a small fee for certain activities. If you would like to join one of our Short Break Groups or you would like to talk to us about setting up a new group, please get in touch here or call us on Tel: 0191 4900121.
See our Events Calendar for the latest details.
Carer Short Break Groups
Male Carer Group
Specifically targeted at male Carers who wish to take time out to relax in the company of like minded individuals. Join the group for social outings or take part in activities such as golfing, bowling and pub lunches. Read more…
Community Allotment Group
Our community allotment welcomes any Carer who enjoys spending time outdoors. With access to the garden day or night Carers can take a break any time they feel the need to. Tend to the fruit and veg or simply put your feet up and relax. Read more…
Needles and Pins Group
Open to all carers but particularly those affected by a cared-for’s alcohol & substance misuse problem. The group meet fortnightly to take part in creative activities whilst supporting each other with any emotional issues. Read more…
BME Communities Support Groups
We aim to engage with Carers from all backgrounds, faiths and communities living in Gateshead. So far we have established support groups for Polish, Muslim, Chinese, Czech Roma, Indian, Pakistani, Eritrean, Kurdish and Jewish Carers. Read more…
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Carer Group
This group is specifically for Carers who are members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) community. Offering a safe and friendly environment to enjoy social activities such as theatre and cinema trips, meals and days out. Read more…