Guide

Becoming a carer

Last updated: 12 March 2019

Short breaks for carers

Short breaks from caring

When you're using an adult carer support plan or young carer statement, your local council has to decide if they can arrange for someone else to care for your friend or family member who needs support. This would give you a short break from caring.

Contact your local social work service to request an adult carer support plan or young carer statement:

If you're eligible for a short break your local council will offer you different ways to arrange it. This is called self-directed support.

Help from volunteers

You might be able to get other funding for short breaks from the voluntary sector. Shared Care Scotland and Family Fund both run voluntary-sector short break funds for carers.

Find out more on the Shared Care Scotland and Family Fund websites.

Emergency respite care

You can get emergency support from your local council even if you've been turned down before.

Contact your local council about emergency respite care:

Becoming a carer
Short breaks for carers