Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Adult Services and Public Health, Councillor Liz Fairhurst, said:
“Unpaid carers are crucial to the health and social care system. The work they do in caring for many hundreds of vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours is invaluable, and for this reason we want to ensure they are supported in this vital role.
“Following a decision by Government earlier in the year to provide additional funding to adult social care, we have chosen to extend our carer grant scheme to March 2022 so we can reach more people who would really benefit. We work with a number of local voluntary and community organisations who are able to offer friendly, expert advice and practical support. This includes providing further information about the grants and the application process. I urge anyone who is offering care in an unpaid capacity to get in touch.”
The grants are designed to address the individual carer’s needs and reduce the risk of infection; for example, financial help with technology, equipment or personal care. It is open to anyone providing regular, unpaid care to an adult who lives in the Hampshire County Council area, including young carers (under 18) providing care to an adult. Anyone who has already received a one-off grant is not eligible for further funding.
For information on how to apply for a grant, or for practical support, call any of the following:
Andover MIND - 01264 332297 (select option 3). Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm. email@example.com
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire - 01264 835246. Monday to Thursday: 9am - 5pm / Friday: 9am - 4.30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Together - 01794 519495. Monday to Friday: 9.30am- 3.30pm (answer machine outside these hours). email@example.com
For general information on support available to carers visit here