Updated Information on Short Breaks

Time to Live 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

We are delighted to announce that we were successful in being awarded a grant from Shared Care Scotland to continue to be able to offer Time Out for carers from October 2019.

The grant has been designed with the needs of Carers in mind to provide support in creating a break of their choice. Taking a break isn’t always about going away on holiday, it can be about taking part in the things you love such as a hobby or exercise, trips to the theatre or having your nails done!

See below for some examples of what the grant can be used for!

Time Out for Carers

Arts and Entertainment

  • Annual cinema pass
  • Theatre Tickets
  • iPad
  • National Trust Pass

Health and Wellbeing

  • Annual gym membership
  • Course of beauty treatments
  • Subscription to mindfulness app
  • Yoga Classes


  • Art Class
  • Jewellery Making
  • Learning a musical instrument
  • Photography classes

Outdoor Pursuits

  • Greenhouse
  • Bird Table
  • Pet
  • Golf Membership

You can apply for up to £250 – please note that while this might not cover the complete cost of the activity you apply for, it can be used as a contribution towards it.

This fund is only open to carers caring for someone over the age of 21 or a young carer, however there are other funds that you might be able to apply for – please get in touch with us and speak to a support worker to find out which fund would best suit you.

How to Apply

Please note we have suspended Short Breaks in the current circumstances

See the statement at the top of the page for information about potential Time to Live grants from Shared Care Scotland

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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