If you are enquiring about our Short Breaks Time Out Fund, plus note that the Fund is currently closed

Winter Isolation Time Out: February – March 21

The Scottish Government have responded to feedback from carers regarding their increased isolation during the current lockdown restrictions by releasing funds to help provide additional carer support. This may be in the form of a new hobby, access to counselling, equipment to aid health and wellbeing or one to one support.

Time Out grants are intended to deliver short breaks opportunities that best meet the needs of the carer. Under current circumstances many carers will now find themselves unable to access short breaks opportunities out with their home and we ask that you do not apply to the fund for these types of breaks until further notice.

We recognise that there is potential for Time to Live grants to be used in creative ways which can still offer a carer a break. This could, for example, include subscriptions to magazines or puzzle books, online personal training sessions, craft equipment, musical instruments, gym equipment etc. that could all be used in the home. We welcome applications for any type of respite you can undertake from home.

Shared Care Scotland have pulled together a list of resources that can be accessed from home, and some of these may provide inspiration for Time to Live Grants. Click the link below for more information: – short-breaks-for-strange-times

Time Out for Carers

Arts and Entertainment

  • Laptop, games console, smart mobile phone, smart tv
  • Subscription to audio books, magazines
  • Subscription to Netflix, Disney +

Health and Wellbeing

  • Online yoga classes
  • Online keep fit classes
  • Pamper items
  • Exercise equipment


  • Online jewellery making
  • Online learning a musical instrument
  • Online photography classes
  • Home school tutor

Outdoor Pursuits

  • Greenhouse or Garden furniture
  • Bird Table
  • Pet
  • Bike, walking shoes, equipment
  • Trampoline
  • Play equipment

How to Apply

See the statement at the top of the page for information about potential Time to Live grants from Scottish Government Short Breaks Fund

You MUST read the Guide to Short Breaks before completing the application form and making payment.

All the information you require is included, plus a link to the application form which you can fill out online. Click below.

If you are unsure of the information or the process of application, please contact Carers of West Lothian here.

You can also email or alternatively call 01506 448000


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