If you care for someone who lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, the Carers Wellbeing Fund may be able to provide a small grant to help you as a carer. The fund is intended to support carers in need and to improve their own health and wellbeing.
Can I apply?
You may be eligible for the fund if:
- You are an unpaid carer
- You are over 18
- The person you care for lives in Newcastle upon Tyne
What can I apply for?
You can apply for a small grant of up to £200 for something that will improve your health and wellbeing. This could be:
- A holiday or weekend break in the UK
- College course fees, books or equipment
- Gym membership, exercise classes, swimming sessions, etc.
- Driving lessons
- Purchase of items for an activity or hobby e.g. a tent or a bicycle
- Household items, e.g. a washing machine, a cooker or a fridge
How do I apply?
If you’d like to apply for a grant you can contact us at Newcastle Carers for an application pack or download one from our website.
The fund is discretionary. This means that there is limited money available so not all applications will be successful. Please read the application pack carefully and provide all the information requested in as much detail as possible to give your application the best chance of success.
The money is provided by Newcastle City Council and the NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group and is administered by Newcastle Carers.
The fund replaces the Carers Opportunities Fund. There are different criteria so please check the application pack to make sure you’re eligible and that the fund can cover what you would like to apply for.
If you’ve had a grant from the Carers Opportunities Fund in the past you will have to wait 12 months from that payment before you can apply to the Carers Wellbeing Fund. We must have received your receipts for any previous grants for any new application to be considered.
You can only apply once every twelve months, even if your application is unsuccessful, so think carefully about what would help you most.
Our Carer Information & Advice Workers can discuss your caring role with you to help you prioritise your needs. For more information or support contact our Carers Information Line: Tel. 0191 275 5060, SMS. 07874 100043, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a convenient time to talk.
Have you visited our information resource to find out more about caring? See our Information Hub here.