Background and Purpose of the Scheme
The ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme (SSHVS) is focused on supporting individuals, unpaid carers and families on a low-income who have been particularly adversely affected by the impact of the pandemic, while at the same time providing financial support to the Scottish tourism sector.
The Scheme is funded by the Scottish Government and forms part of the Scottish tourism pandemic recovery programme. It will be delivered by Charity Partners, Family Holiday Association, Shared Care Scotland, and the Carer Centre Network.
PKAVS Carers Centre is one of the local delivery partners across Scotland that were commissioned to operate and deliver the Scheme in Perth and Kinross.
Due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, we know that many unpaid carers have been left without access to their normal support services. Many will have struggled due to extended periods of isolation and the lack of any meaningful breaks. For this reason, it has been decided that unpaid carers will be one of the key target groups.
“Who can apply?”
To apply, you must be an unpaid carer registered with a local support organisation, such as a Carers Centre, or be referred by a health and/or social care professional in Scotland.
Applications from unpaid carers wishing to apply to the Scheme and are not registered with any organisation that provides support to carers in Perth and Kinross will not be considered. You need to register first before you can apply. You can contact the Carers Centre on 01738 567076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a referral form.
Due to limited funding, where multiple carers are living in one household, only 1 application will be considered for the whole family.
Kinship Carers and Foster Carers are not eligible to apply and, as such, are not considered unpaid carers.
If you have already been awarded a break through the ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme, you will not be eligible to apply again.
“What types of break can I apply for?”
The Scheme will enable unpaid carers to enjoy a 2-3-night subsidised overnight stay or a day trip to a visitor attraction in Scotland. The Scheme offers a contribution towards an overnight stay in a bed and breakfast, camping/holiday park, guest house, hotel or hostel or day visit activities in Scotland that have joined the Scheme and are listed in VisitScotland’s directory.
“When can I submit an application?”
The Scheme is open for applications from October 2021 to 31 March 2022 (funds permitting). Breaks are to be booked and taken by 31 December 2022 (for example, you can book a break in Easter or a day out in the summer of 2022).
“What happens if my application was not successful?"
Due to limited funding, PKAVS are unable to award all applications received. If your application is unsuccessful to the ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme, PKAVS will advise you on other ways where we can assist you to access other funding opportunities.
“I am a young carer, can I apply?”
Yes, you can – the Scheme is open to carers of all ages. If you are under 16 years old, a parent, guardian or support worker must support your application. Your parent and/or guardian must also agree to accept the Scheme’s terms and conditions.
“Is there any cost to me?”
The Scheme will generally cover:
The Scheme does not include additional meals, travel, or any other incidental expenses you may require for your break so you need to fund this yourself. Also, if the total cost exceeds the maximum value, then you are required to fund this extra cost yourself. If the extra costs might prevent you from taking up a break, PKAVS will discuss this with you so we can explore funding options.
“Will I receive the award in the form of a grant or payment?”
No, the Scheme does not award unpaid carers a grant in the form of a monetary value or physical voucher but PKAVS will be responsible for booking, cancellation, and payment of the break on your behalf. A confirmation of the break will be sent to you with all the necessary booking information
“Who am I allowed to take with me on the break?”
You can take a companion(s) of your choice on the overnight break or day trip. If you are a young carer under the age of 16, a responsible adult must accompany you on the break. There is a maximum value the Scheme can contribute, and this would generally cover the costs of two people for a 2-3 night overnight stay.
“I want to bring the person I care for, so we would need wheelchair access. Will there be accessible businesses taking part?”
You should include information about your accessibility requirements in your application form so that suitable accommodation or venues can be sourced. Businesses participating in the Scheme are asked to provide a weblink to their Accessibility Guide if they have one. This information can be shared with you at the break planning stage.
“I would require replacement care for the person I care for to be able to take up a break. Is this covered?”
This is not covered under the Scheme. You are responsible for arranging replacement care for the cared-for person.
“The accommodation breaks are 2-3 nights. What if I wanted to stay for more than 3 nights?”
If you would like to extend your stay over three nights this needs to be a separate booking with the business, once your ScotSpirit break has been confirmed. You will need to pay this yourself as the Scheme will not cover this extra cost.
Any additional nights booked would revert to the business’s standard cancellation terms and conditions.
“Do I need to take the break within Perth and Kinross area only?”
No, you can take your break outside the local authority area that you live (for example, Glasgow, Aberdeen, etc.). The availability of the breaks depends on the businesses who have joined the Scheme and are listed in VisitScotland’s directory only.
“What if I need to cancel my break?”
You need to contact us soon as possible. You are responsible and must contact the business AND PKAVS Carers Centre within 48 hours before the date of arrival. This will allow us to cancel or re-schedule the booking without incurring any charges.
Please avoid cancelling breaks in less than 24 hours from the date of arrival as the business will receive full payment for the break which will result in PKAVS and the Scheme incurring charges.
We may be able to re-schedule your break, however, this will be subject to availability.
“I have a few more questions…”
If you would like to find out more about how you can access a break through the ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme and to request an application pack, contact Erman Maglalang, Carers Respite Development Officer on 01738 567076 or email email@example.com
Would you like to know more about the options and opportunities available to you in the local area?
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