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.
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 email@example.com 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.”