Grants & Funding 2017-06-09T11:22:50+00:00

Grants & Funding

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One-off learning grants are available for you to try out a new hobby or to learn new skills.

In addition to start-up funding, annual grants are available towards the ongoing running costs and to develop new activities.

We can also help you, and the person you care for, by applying for charitable funding for ‘one-off’ items of equipment or a ‘top-up’ for short breaks when statutory funding is insufficient.

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Carers Learning Grants

Carers aged 16 and over, living in Norfolk can apply once for a grant of up to £150 to cover learning course fees.

Who can apply?

You can apply if:

  • You live in Norfolk
  • You are aged 16 or over and have been providing unpaid help and support for a year or more, to a relative, friend, partner or child who cannot manage because of disability, illness or frailty. The length of care will be disregarded if the course relates to your caring role.

Courses can be one-off workshops, regular classes or a course of lessons.

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Courses could include:

  • Driving/Moped/Motorbike lessons
  • Leisure courses e.g. creative writing, art, photography, cookery, languages, music
  • Distance Learning, One to One tuition, Adult Education courses
  • Sports and fitness courses e.g. swimming, yoga, gym or dance classes
  • Employment related courses e.g. IT Skills
  • Courses for GCSE’s, AS levels, A levels etc.
  • Complementary therapies courses e.g. acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage
  • Training to help you continue in your caring role e.g. lifting and handling, sign language
  • Condition Specific Training e.g. dealing with challenging behaviour, first aid
  • The grants are payable by cheque, which is sent to you and made out to the course provider. At the end of the course you will be required to give feedback to help us evaluate the benefit to the carer (you).

Recent examples carers have used their Learning Grant for include: blacksmithing, the craft of stained glass and a leisure course on Russian history.

If you need someone to provide support to the person you care for whilst you attend a course, we may be able to help you through our Time For You service.

If your cared-for person does not receive a personal budget from Norfolk County Council or the NHS with monies for respite support, our Time For You service may be able to provide paid trained care support workers to provide replacement care to enable you to undertake a course.

Call our Advice Line on 0808 808 9876 and speak with one of our trained Advisors who will take more details.

To find out more about the Carers Learning Grants or request an application form please call our Grants Coordinator Jasmine Toombs at Age UK Norfolk on 01603 787 111 or email info@ageuknorfolk.org.uk or through our Advice Line on 0808 808 9876

You can also visit us in person at 300 St. Faiths Road, Old Catton, Norwich NR6 7BJ.

A Carer’s story: How a Norfolk Carers Learning Grant helped Christine

Christine, 66, from South Norfolk cares for her husband who has Parkinson’s, and a number of other health problems.

“ The stress creeps up on you. You don’t realise you’re taking on more and more until you’re forced to take stock.”

The crunch came for Christine when she had a panic attack caused by the strain of trying to support her husband’s emotional health. Eventually, she found a lifeline during an open day in her local library where she met a member of the Norfolk Carers’ support team:

“It was the best thing that I could have done, finally I felt supported.”

Through Norfolk Carers, Christine was able to access a learning grant, which allowed her to do a writing course. But, she says, more needs to be done to make carers aware of the information, advice and support available,

“Norfolk Carers is an excellent organisation but more carers need to know about them and get tailored help.”

Small Grants for Carers Group

Do you run or belong to a support group for carers in Norfolk? Have you thought of starting a local carers support group? If so, you may be entitled to a small grant for carers groups for up to £500.

Our Small Grants for Carers Groups are intended to enable carers to start-up and maintain peer support groups for carers which provide regular breaks from caring and opportunities for mutual support and leisure activities.

We provide advocacy support covering a wide range of issues and topics.

To be eligible a group must provide one or more of the following activities:

  • Information
  • Advice
  • Peer Support
  • Leisure activities / outings
  • Training
  • Promote Carer Health and Wellbeing

and meet the following criteria:

  1. Cater for carers aged 16 and over who are living in Norfolk and caring for people over 18. (The group may include carers from neighbouring counties if this is the nearest/most convenient group for them to attend however the majority of carers will be from Norfolk).
  2. Consist of at least 6 people who are carers over the age of 16. At least 50% of regular attendees must be over 16.
  3. If the group is a mixture of cared for people and ex carers, at least 50% of regular attendees should be people who are currently caring.
  4. Meet together face to face, or using telephone conferencing, social networking, or other electronic media.

How much money is available?

– Up to £300 per annum for existing groups OR

– Up to £500 for the first year of a new carers group

Examples of what the grant funds are used for include: room hire, refreshments, cost of outgoings and activities, printing for posters and other promotional literature, transport and speaker costs. Activities might include a trip to the theatre or a country house.

In 2015-16 we awarded a grant to 106 carers groups in Norfolk; to find a group close to you please visit our Information Hub (feature available by the end of 2016).

Please note that existing Carers Groups can apply for a £300 small grant annually. To find out more please call our Advice Line on 0808 808 9876 or email us and click below to download copies of the application form and accompanying guidance.

Small Grant Application Form 2016-2017

Small Grant Application Form 2016-2017

Funding Support

The Funding Support Service identifies and seeks charitable funding to help you access ‘top-up’ funding towards the cost of short breaks, ‘one-off’ items of equipment or services aimed at supporting carers to maintain their caring role and increase their independence when statutory funding or support is not available.

To be eligible for our Funding Support Service:

  • Carers must be over 16 years of age
  • Carers must be able to demonstrate limited financial means
  • Disability equipment requests need to be supported by a occupational therapist assessment
  • Respite break funding is to cover top-up/shortfall costs only
  • No funding requests for care home agreements, scooters or debt repayment will be accepted

Equipment funded through this services has included car hoists, stair lifts, white goods (washing machine, cooker, microwave, fridge), beds, vacuum cleaners and carpets. We can also assist you with fuel and heating costs in cases of hardship. We have also secured funding towards the cost of a holiday or short break.

To find out more please call our Advice Line on 0808 808 9876 or send an email to Norfolk Carers or contact our Grants Coordinator, Jasmine Toombs at Age UK Norfolk on 01603 787 111 or email info@ageuknorfolk.org.uk.

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