Carers of Epsom

The Carers of Epsom charity can help individual carers in Epsom and Ewell and the Banstead area (the part of the borough of Reigate and Banstead which lies to the north of the M25 and west of the A23) with grants to help meet their needs, whether physical or emotional, and to promote their wellbeing. The charity can also help with funding for events and support groups for carers in the same area.

We can help with funding for things that will help to relieve stress and feelings of isolation, and improve the health and wellbeing of Carers in our area, such as:

  • A course to improve the Carer’s quality of life, such as gym membership, yoga classes, vocational courses, driving lessons
  • Pampering/relaxation – massages etc
  • A respite break out of the home for the ‘cared for’ person, enabling the Carer to take a holiday apart from the ‘cared for’, or to have time out alone.
  • Support for the ‘cared for’ person at home to enable the Carer to have a break away from home.
  • A shared holiday for the Carer and ‘cared for’ with support from another person to take over the caring duties, therefore enabling the Carer to have time out to enjoy quality time with the person they care for.
  • A combination of alternative methods of relaxation and therapy to enable the Carer to sustain the pressures of a continuous role.
  • Purchase of essential household equipment or furniture (for instance replacement of washing machine or  tumble dryer, or a bed )
  • Extra-curricular / out of school activities for a cared-for child, or other items for a cared-for child which will in turn improve the health and well-being of the parent Carer(s)
  • Help with debt or rent arrears incurred by the Carer, subject to provision of an explanatory report on the circumstances by an appropriate debt advice agency such as Citizens Advice.

The maximum grant will normally be £500 per person (for a maximum of 3 persons in the case of a shared holiday).

We will not pay for:

  • items which should be provided by statutory services, for instance wheelchairs
  • emergency cover for the ‘cared for’, as this should be provided by other agencies
  • non-essential household furniture or equipment

 

Last updated on 25 January 2021

Who is eligible?

Individual carers and organisations/support groups for carers in Epsom and Ewell and the Banstead area (the part of the borough of Reigate and Banstead which lies to the north of the M25 and west of the A23) with grants to help meet their needs, whether physical or emotional, and to promote their wellbeing.

What we don't fund

We don't give grants for anything that the local authorities have a statutory responsibility to provide.

How to apply?

Open or download the application form. The completed form can be sent to us by post or by email.

All applications by individual Carers must be endorsed by a Carer Support Adviser or a representative of the Health Services, Social Services or another Agency recognised by Carers of Epsom.

Applications from previous grant recipients will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

We have a preference to pay suppliers or creditors directly.  If that is not possible, we will pay grants directly to individual claimants.

We look at requests for help as soon as an enquiry is submitted. It usually take an average of 1-2 weeks to process grant applications.

We reply to all enquiries, whether or not we can help.

Contact details

11 Christ Church
Epsom
Surrey
KT19 8LU
Email: info@carersofepsom.co.uk
Web: http://www.carersofepsom.co.uk

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