Learning Grants of up to £200 for Norfolk Carers aged 18 and over!

If you are a Carer living in Norfolk, aged over 18 and have been providing unpaid help and support for a year or more, to a relative, friend, partner or child who cannot manage because of disability, illness or frailty you may be able to obtain a grant of up to £200 in one year, to fund or part-fund learning course fees.

Courses can be: distance learning, provided at a local college, adult education centre or other centre. They can be for just a half-day or day, several sessions, a term or year.

Learning Course fees could include:

  • Leisure courses:
    • Creative writing
    • Music lessons
  • Sports & fitness:
    • Swimming lessons
    • Fitness classes
  • Employment-related courses
  • Computer Skills
  • Complementary therapies courses
    • Aromatherapy
    • Massage classes
  • Academic courses
    • GCSEs
    • A-Levels
    • Adult Education Courses
  • Training to help you continue in your caring role
    • Lifting and handling
    • Condition specific training
    • Dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Driving Lessons – strictly limited availability

For further information please contact:
Jasmine Toombs, Carers Learning Grant Co-ordinator, on Tel: 01603 787111
or Email: acn@acnorfolk.org.uk for an application form.

Notes to Editors

1. Age UK Norfolk is a countywide independent charity that works with others to make later life fulfilling and enjoyable. We are a brand partner of Age UK, the charity formed following the national merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged.

Address: Age UK Norfolk, 300 St Faith’s Road, Old Catton, Norwich, NR6 7BJ
Telephone: 01603 787111
Fax: 01603 301371
Email: acn@acnorfolk.org.uk
Website: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/norfolk/

Age UK Norfolk is the operating name of Age Concern Norfolk, a Charitable Company limited by guarantee Registered in England No 03783205. Registered Charity No 1077097.

2. In 2009/2010, Age UK Norfolk’s Information and Advice Service received 6,559 calls/visits from older people in Norfolk.

3. Age UK Norfolk’s Benefit Take-up Outreach Service provides specialist benefits advice and practical help with filling out benefit forms for older people and their carers in their own home. In 2009/2010, Age UK Norfolk benefit outreach workers assisted 839 people to increase their income, which in monetary terms equates to £1,398,659.

4. Age UK Norfolk runs four Community Support Centres across Norfolk, providing respite and day services, as well as an information resource to older people in New Costessey, Acle, Methwold and Diss. In 2009/2010 our Community Support Centres provided 12,703 days/nights of 24 hour respite care, 7,214 mobile meals and 11,575 days of day service support.

5. Age UK Norfolk administers the Carers Learning Grant on behalf of Norfolk County Council, who provides funding for the grant scheme.

6. Since the grant scheme was launched in September 2007 we have received over 350 applications and allocated over £41,000 in grant monies.