Carers Wellbeing Fund launched

Newcastle Carers have announced the launch of a new Carers Wellbeing Fund.

Do you support carers?
They may be able to apply to the Carers Wellbeing Fund for a small grant. The fund replaces the Carers Opportunities Fund and is intended to support carers in need to improve their health and wellbeing. The money is provided by Newcastle City Council and the Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group and is administered by Newcastle Carers. The criteria have changed so please check the application pack to ensure the carer is eligible and that the fund can cover what they would like to apply for.

Who can apply?

Carers may be eligible for the fund if:

  • They are an unpaid carer
  • They are over 18
  • The person they care for lives in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • It is over 12 months since payment of any Carers Opportunities Fund grant, and the carer returned all receipts.
What can they apply for?
They can apply for a grant of up to £200 for something that will improve their health and wellbeing. For example:
  • Day trips or a short break in this country
  • An exercise class, educational course, or equipment for these
  • Household items, e.g. washing machine or cooker
  • Driving lessons
How do they apply?

You or the carer can download an application pack from our website, or request a hard copy from Newcastle Carers.

Carers need a Supporting Statement from a professional who has regular involvement with the carer or the person they care for, and who can verify that the information provided on the application form is correct.

The fund is discretionary. This means that there is limited money available so not all applications will be successful. The application pack should be read carefully and all questions answered in as much detail as possible to give the application the best chance of success.

Carers can only apply once every twelve months, even if their application is unsuccessful, so carers need to think carefully about what would help them most.

If you have any queries about the Carers Wellbeing Fund or would like to arrange for us to visit your workplace and inform staff about the fund please get in touch on:
Tel. 0191 275 5060       SMS. 07874 100043       or       Email.

You can refer a carer to our service at any time for information, advice and support on their caring role.

For more information on support for carers see pages 80-82 Golden Guide Newcastle & North Tyneside, 2017 or pages 86-89 Golden Guide Northumberland 2018.