Formally known as 'Take a Break' the Carer Wellbeing Fund 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 Carer Wellbeing Fund

The fund is discretionary. This means that there is limited money available so not all applications will be successful.   

You will need to check if you are eligible to apply by carefully reading through the criteria in our guidance notes.  

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. Our guidance notes give examples of things you can apply for as well as a list of things that you cannot apply for. 

The use of the grant was really easy, actually probably easier the second time around. I can speak for both my husband and myself when I say the application process was very straightforward, we were kept informed and once the application had been approved the grant arrived very quickly. Through the fund, we have been able to buy two paddleboards and we have booked a holiday next year with the children in a location where we can use them without having to actually drive anywhere. We will be taking carers with us, which gives us both some time to get out and use the boards together, so thank you very much to Gateshead Carers for making this possible.

How to apply 

To apply for funding a carer should contact us by phone or email for an initial information-gathering conversation with one of our Carer Wellbeing Facilitators. If the carer meets the eligibility criteria there will be further discussion of the impact the caring role is having on his/her wellbeing which can support the carer's application to the Carer Wellbeing Fund and identify any further support which can be offered. Applications go to an assessment panel on the first Thursday of each month.

Read our Guidance Notes and Application Pack

Read some terms and rules on using the Carer Wellbeing Fund

To find out more, please email [email protected] or contact us.