‘take a Break’ is direct grant funding for families living in Scotland. A ‘take a Break’ grant can be used towards a break, holiday, outing, sport activity or other activity in the UK or overseas. 

The aim of the fund is to support carers, including kinship carers and their families
to take a break improving their physical and emotional well being, enabling them to enjoy life and opportunities outside of caring. As ‘take a Break’ is a limited fund we anticipate the average grant to be in the range of £200 – £500 per family.

The 'take a Break' grant programme is administered by the Family Fund.

You can apply for a grant if:

  • You have permanent legal residency in the UK and have lived in Scotland for 6 months.
  • You are caring for a disabled child or young person aged 0-20 years. (By disability we mean disabled children and young people with multiple support needs, or who have a serious or life-limiting or life threatening illness).
  • You are a disabled young person aged 20 or younger
  • Your child is not in Local Authority care.
  • You agree to inform the scheme learning by sharing your experience of choosing and taking a break.

For further details, please click here

Administered by the Family Fund Trust for Families with Severely Disabled Children.
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