The grant programme aims to support opportunities for carers to access information and learning that benefits their caring role or wider lives. The grant could be used to support practical learning, such as first aid training or benefits advice, or focusing on the carer’s own emotional and physical needs, for example how to cope with stress.
The one-off programme is being run by Skills for Care. The maximum amount available for each individual grant is £5,000, awarded as a one-off payment. Skills for Care expect successful applicants to have completed their work by spring 2013, in time for an evaluation in late April 2013.
Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “This grant is designed to make sure that carers can access learning that meets their needs. They are an essential but under-recognised part of the country’s social care resource, alongside the workforce.”
For further information visit the Skills for Care website. The closing date for applications is 23 November 2012.