Carer’s Respite Grants  for Bridgend County – Deadline approaching

Developing a diverse range of respite opportunities that meet the needs of today’s unpaid carers in Bridgend County Borough is crucial. We want to ensure unpaid carers of all ages are able to maintain their own wellbeing and to cope through what is often a very challenging time. 

Ensuring all carers are visible and valued is vital to ensure they are able to access their rights under the Social Services and Well-being Wales Act 2014. WG launched a new strategy for unpaid carers in March 2021 and locally in Bridgend, partners are committed to work together, across sectors and with carers, to ensure they have access to the right information, advice and support. We are seeking partners who can show a creative and innovative response to meet the needs of unpaid carers and to collaborate with other similar organisations in this challenge.

Unpaid carers have spoken of difficulties accessing timely and appropriate respite and breaks to help them manage their own health and wellbeing. Respite is a life line, but it is now more than an overnight stay in a care home or an overnight sitting service for the person with care needs. It can take many forms – from having regular time to switch off and enjoy being with family and friends to a short break with or without the person being cared for. 

Examples might include opportunities to improve physical and mental wellbeing, leisure or cultural opportunities, social experiences or many other things that unpaid carers may identify as helpful.

With no one-size-fits-all form of respite, this fund is available for organisations to provide proposals for flexible approaches to meet the needs of unpaid carers and to provide this through a range of person-centered and innovative options, that help unpaid carers have regular periods away from their caring responsibilities and a life beyond caring.

We cannot stress highly enough this opportunity is not aiming to provide support for existing roles or existing or traditional services for respite. It is an opportunity for organisations wishing to, or currently engaged with unpaid carers to test new approaches and ideas that will widen the range of respite opportunities available and meet the differing needs of our modern day unpaid carers.


The suggested timetable for piloting your new or additional approach, is from 1st December  2021 to 31 March 2022 as required by the originating funder. The funding can be used for provision on weekdays or weekends, held during the day or in the evenings.

This is revenue funding only: Small amounts of consumables may be considered. There is no upper limit, but we expect to award grants of around £15k to add value to any existing plans you may have.

We are delighted to have secured this funding for Bridgend County activities, and apologise for the quick turnaround for applications, but it is beyond our control.  We have tried to make the form as simple as possible,
Deadline 19th November 2021 at 2pm

The Application form can be found here: Application Form_Innovations in Carers Respite

Return your completed form by email only  to

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