Welcome extra funding will support unpaid carers in Dumfries and Galloway to take a break from caring roles. The additional investment was announced by the Scottish Government this week.
A total of £750,000 will be available across Scotland to enable local Carer Centres to boost support for unpaid carers of all ages, helping them access much-needed help so they can take time off from their responsibilities.
This recognises some of the challenges faced by unpaid carers, with many regular sources of support having stopped or moved online due to the pandemic.
The funding has been made available in response to concerns about increasing pressure on carers – particularly while many traditional respite breaks are restricted or unavailable.
Commenting, South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine said,
“This new funding will enable local Carer Centres to design tailored support to the needs of carers in their communities. I know from speaking to professionals in the sector across Dumfries and Galloway that there’s a demand for an increase in current services like counselling and befriending or for grants for carers to spend on leisure activities and equipment.
“The role of unpaid carers across the region has been vital during the pandemic and I’m very grateful for their contribution. However, it’s important to recognise that life has been even more challenging for them over the past year and they need the right support. This funding will help them access the emotional support they need.”