There are charities and organisations who carers can apply to for a grant to help them maintain their caring role. Usually grants will be for an item of household equipment like a washing machine, or a grant to take part in some training, exercise, driving lessons or for a short break away for instance.
The Carer’s Trust https://carers.org/grants-and-discounts/introduction helps carers to find charities that will make carer’s grants.
The Carers Partnership also has links to charities locally who will make grants for specific purposes, so get in touch with the relevant partner, see over, to find out if we can help.
(the following is taken from the Carer’s Trust website)
If you, or the person you care for, need extra help to pay for something there are many grants, funds, and charities that may be able to help.
Turn2us is a free service that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants, and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face. The website has a free, easy to use grants search and benefits calculator. https://www.turn2us.org.uk
Disability Grants has details of charities and trusts which give out grants to disabled people and their families and carers, here: https://www.disability-grants.org
There is information on charities that support carers and benevolent funds on the Carer’s Trust website. You can also use the Turn2us Grants search – make sure you give as much information as you can so you can find all funds that might be able to help you, and the person you care for.
If you don’t find what you want first time, refine your search by adding and removing search criteria. You are likely to see different results.
When you finish your search and get a list of funds that may be able to help you, check you qualify before making an enquiry.
Also search for grants and funds for the person you care for. For example, if you are searching for help for a parent that you care for, search on your details and theirs.
Charities that support carers: https://carers.org/grants-and-discounts/charities-that-support-carers
Benevolent Funds: https://carers.org/grants-and-discounts/benevolent-funds
Free & Discounted TV Licences: https://carers.org/grants-and-discounts/free-and-discounted-tv-licences
When you have found a grant or fund that might be able to help you, the next step is to make an enquiry or apply. There is more information about this is on the Turn2us guide: How do I make an enquiry or an application to a charitable fund?
If you need help to fill in the forms, ask the fund if they can support you. You can also ask the Reading & West Berks Carers Partnership for help.
Caring for a child or adult with a Learning Disability in Reading?
Reading Mencap, for Information & Advice and Carers Assessments in Reading, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading, RG1 5HP, Tel: 0118 926 3600:Email: email@example.com Website: www.readingmencap.org.uk
Caring for someone 50+ years in Reading?
Age UK Reading, Information & Advice and Carers Assessments in Reading, Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading, RG1 7JS, Tel: 07716 418 941: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/reading/
Caring for someone 50+ years in West Berkshire?
Age UK Berkshire: Information & Advice in West Berkshire Unit 119, Broad Street Mall, Reading RG1 7QA, Tel: 0118 950 4242E-mail: email@example.com Website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/berkshire/
For all other carers in Reading & West Berkshire: