Whole Service Support for West Lothian Carers.

Carers of West Lothian is delighted to announce the award of a 3 year grant totalling £372,437 following a successful application to the Big Lottery Fund.

Carers of West Lothian’s three year project will deliver comprehensive support to approximately 3,000 people with caring responsibilities. Operating throughout West Lothian, the main aim of the project is to provide advice and assistance to adults who have become a carer for the first time, who have experienced a change or an end to their caring role, or if they are caring for an adult with a long term condition.

The programme will offer a wide range of services to adult carers directly, including individual action plans, peer support and counselling. Specific support will be provided to carers according to their personal situation, such as those who are balancing employment with their caring responsibilities, or those who are no longer carers and require help to re-engage with the community. The project will also incorporate strategic activities such as raising awareness in wider society about the needs and experience of carers

The 3 year project represents the core function of Carers of West Lothian in seeking to increase our staff resources to meet a growing demand for our services.

 

A quote from someone who will benefit from the money:

Receiving support from Carers of West Lothian and participating in peer support groups has taken away the feeling of isolation which sometimes overwhelms you in the caring role.  You realise that you are not alone in this role and that is very comforting.  With Big Lottery funding Carers of West Lothian will be able to support many more people in situations similar to my own.  This is really good news