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Short Breaks


PLEASE BE REMINDED as lockdown restrictions are starting to ease off slowly, there is still a vast percentage that traditional type of shortbreak is currently not possible. Therefore, we encourage you to think 'creatively' to support activities that can be done at home to allow you to have a break from your caring role during these unprecedented times. Getting a break doesn’t have to mean going away: applications for things that can help you get a break at home are mostly welcome. This can include online subscriptions, gardening materials/furniture, sports equipment, art supplies and much, much more.

If you are really interested to apply for a shortbreak away, it would be best to plan ahead and think of a reasonable timescale when this is safe to do so. Our priority is your health and safety.

PKAVS Carers Hub have been awarded funding from Shared Care Scotland’s (SCS) Short Break Fund to continue the Time4Me Fund. We have also been awarded further funding from Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) to expand Time4Me to broaden the reach of this fund and help encourage carers living in the rural and potentially isolated areas of Perth & Kinross to access available funding.

We understand as a carer that you might find you have little time to look after your own needs and deciding on what a short break means to you and how you can make that reality can feel like a daunting task. We can support carers to help identify personal outcomes by completing an Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP). A dedicated Support Worker can help with your short break planning and apply to the Time4Me fund on your behalf.

Carers have a right to an ACSP and it may also give you the opportunity to access a wider range of services and support that may not be available without an ACSP. For more info on the benefits of an ACSP visit –

It would be preferential if a Carer Support Plan was used to help identify your short break outcomes as this would help provide a more holistic view of your caring situation and also allow your Support Worker to signpost you to other sources of information and support. To request an ACSP call the Carers Hub Team on 01738 567076 or make a referral through our website -

Carers who do not wish to have an Adult Carer Support Plan can still apply to the Time4Me Fund and can contact Erman Maglalang, Carers Respite Development Officer on 01738 567076 or email if they have any questions or need any assistance completing the application form.

Aim of the Fund

The purpose of Time4Me is to improve the range, choice and availability of personalised, creative short breaks (see ‘What is a Short Break? for more info) for unpaid carers and the people they care for to invest in quality time that creates a positive impact on their overall wellbeing. 

Outcomes of this fund are as follows:

  • Carers and the people they care for will have improved wellbeing
  • Carers will have more opportunities to enjoy a life outside of their caring role
  • Carers will feel better supported to sustain their caring role
  • More hidden carers will be identified and offered support
  • Carers in rural and potentially isolated areas are encouraged to access Time4Me break funding

Eligibility Criteria

Unpaid carers applying for funding must meet the following criteria:

  • Have not had a break in the last 12 months funded through the funds
  • The carer lives in Perth and Kinross
  • The break should not have already taken place
  • Adult Carers (18+) who are caring for an adult aged 21+
  • Parent Carers who are caring for a family member aged 20 and below – only 1 parent per household can apply and subject to the availability of the funds

Kinship carers are not eligible for individual grants from the Time4Me Fund as they are eligible for kinship care allowances provided by local authorities and, as such, are not considered unpaid carers. Carers will not be entitled to apply if they have received funding from Time4Me within the last 12 months.

What can we support?

Carers can apply for a grant to pay for respite of their own choosing. This means that the breaks are very individual and personalised to each unique situation. Carers decide when, where, with who and what they want to do!

This may include things such as a break away from home either alone or with the person you care for, enrol in a short course to develop your skills, pursue a long-time hobby or interest or purchase a laptop/tablet to improve your IT skills.

We encourage carers to think about the ‘Why’, ‘How’ and ‘What’ before applying to the Time4Me Fund which should aid carers in deciding the right short break for them to meet their personal outcomes and have a lasting impact on their own quality of life, health & wellbeing. 

The fund CANNOT be used to pay for:

  • General living expenses e.g. house rent/arrears, food, clothes, bill payments
  • Household appliances such as white goods/electrical items, beds and mattress
  • Debt/loans/mortgage repayment
  • An item that has already been paid or purchased
  • Breaks that have already been paid or pre-booked.

How much is available?

Eligible carers can apply for grants of up to £300 from Time4Me.

 To request a paper version of the Application Form and Applicant's Guideline Notes to be sent to you, please phone Erman on 01738 567076 or email

Alternatively, please download the Applicant's Guidance Notes and Application Form on the left-hand side of the page.

How Carers have benefited from Time4Me...




Updated: 01/07/2020



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Perth Me Time Carers Support Group
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Last Tuesday of each month
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