'Time Out' Project - for unpaid carers
Looking forward to a break makes all the difference to unpaid carers who are struggling to cope with physical and emotional demands of caring. It can be lonely and isolating and many struggle financially. The 'Time Out' project enables carers to take breaks that are uplifting and stress-free
Rolling programme of days out and events
Charity information: Carers Gloucestershire
A carer is a person who provides unpaid care for someone who is frail or has a physical or mental illness, disability or substance misuse issues. Becoming a carer can be a life changing experience. For the majority the role of caring is to the detriment of their own health and well-being, Many experience financial difficulties as they struggle to meet the cost of day-today living and many face poverty. Without support the personal costs of caring can be high.
We believe that no one should have to face the challenge of caring alone and we know that with the right intervention we can help carers to address their own well-being issues, tackle feelings of isolation avoid carer breakdown and enable them to continue with their caring responsibilities. The ‘Time out’ project is just one of the services we provide that can make life a little better. Being able to look forward to regular breaks is so important to a carers well-being
Reduce feelings of isolation and give a much needed respite break to carers who on low income.
Activities» Regular planned breaks to give carers time out for themselves and the opportunity to make friends and develop support networks
What success will look like
Regular monitoring and evaluation of feedback questionnaires informs us that the project is meeting its aim. Demand for places increases annually and there is a waiting list.
We know there are many more carers in the county than we are currently reaching and the number will continue to rise. Through this project we aim to reach out to as many carers as possible, and support them to make their lives as good as they can be. The welfare of carers is the driving force behind Carers Gloucestershire. However, in addition to improving the lives for carers, intervention for the carer has shown a significant reduction in the number of hospital admissions for the care for.
The demand for places on trips is growing, the service is oversubscribed and now has a waiting list. To ensure the continued success of the project we need to increase our capacity to meet the rising demand. We aim therefore to increase the hours of the project co-ordinator and increase the number of short trips available to those whose caring role is such that they are unable to take a break for any longer than 3/4 hours.
We can provide a schedule of planned trips.
Quantitative feedback and anecdotal evidence from the carers that have benefited
Budget - Project Cost: £17,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £9,000 Time Out Planner Co-Ordinator 15 hours per week £3,750 Transport Coaches and other transport £3,000 Venues Entrance Fees/Tickets for 400 carers £500 Publicity/ Mailings Production of leaflets and mailing to carers £750 Refreshments Teas/Coffees/Snacks
Gloucestershire has a population of 612,000. The latest Census in 2011 recorded 63,000 Carers with a fairly even spread across the County. The Strategic Needs Analysis Team at Gloucestershire County Council produced a report in January 2016 which stated “loneliness and social isolation is widespread in Gloucestershire but varies in intensity and impact geographically and between different social groups. The report identified carers as an at risk group.
The project will benefit unpaid carers on low incomes. 80% are carers over the age of 55 and for many the emotional strain of their caring role leads to anxiety, stress and depression, which often remains unseen and untreated. These issues and more pose a significant threat to the mental health and well-being of the carer and are often cited as the reason for the breakdown of the carer relationship.
We are the leading carer support charity in Gloucestershire we have been striving for a better life for carers for almost 25 years. We have delegated authority and funding to deliver Statutory Carers Assessments on behalf of the Local Authority. This means that we are best placed to gather information and understand the needs of carers across the county.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Time Out Co-Ordinator (Part Time )
Liaises with carers, venues, recruits volunteers, arranges respite care and transport and deals with the day to day queries and information requests.
"It has made a difference getting to know other parents like me while gaining experience on a boat trip"