The Flexible Breaks Fund is there to provide a contribution to help some carers to go away for a break or do something that’s relaxing for them.
You can apply to the fund if:
- You are aged 18 or over,
- you care for someone who lives in Islington,
- and who doesn’t get a service or a personal budget from Islington Social Services, Islington Learning Disabilities Partnership or one of the Mental Health Teams,
- and you the carer don’t get a Carer’s Personal Budget from the Council either,
- and you haven’t benefited from the Fund in at least the last two years.
Although it’s called a “breaks fund”, you can apply for a contribution towards another kind of service or support that provides a rest from your caring role or helps you as a carer. Previous applicants have obtained a contribution towards:
- Computer courses
- Driving lessons
- Regular massages or other holistic therapies
- Gym membership
- Equipment for a hobby or activity
- Tickets for the cinema/theatre/football
- And many other things!
Please note that the Fund always pays the service directly: you will not receive funds if you have already paid for your break.
The Fund is limited, so we can’t accept applications from anyone who has benefited from the Fund in the last two years. Even if it is longer than two years since you applied, it’s still a discretionary Fund so we can’t guarantee how much, if anything, you’ll get.
However, don’t forget that you can still apply to the Fund up to six months after your caring role has ended.
Please read the guidelines before applying. If you’ve applied before, remember that these guidelines may have changed since the last time you applied so you still need to look at them carefully.
We encourage carers who are not able to take regular breaks in their caring role to have Carers Assessments. For more information about this, contact us on 0800 085 1141 (FREEPHONE) or 020 7281 3319.
To download an application form and guidelines please click here FBF Guidelines and Application Form
Call us on 0800 085 1141 (FREEPHONE) or 020 7281 3319 if you need assistance with the form.
Other breaks funds for carers in Islington
The Palliative Care Flexible Breaks Fund
ICH administers a separate Palliative Care Breaks Fund for carers looking after someone who is under the Palliative Care Team. The conditions are different from those for the general Breaks Fund. Please contact Islington Carers Hub for details.
The Flexible Breaks Fund for Adults Caring for Under-18s
One-off grants for breaks and relaxation for the adult carers of sick/disabled children and young people aged under 18. Administered by Islington Council. Full details can be found on their website. Contact 020 7527 7116 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.