Upcoming PB event in Perth and Kinross to support carers

Perth and Kinross is organising a PB event on 4th February 2016 to enable unpaid carers to be involved in deciding how money is spent to benefit them. 

Anyone who has an idea for a project that will support carers in Perth and Kinross can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 from a joint health and social fund to put their idea into action.

Carers will then make the final decisions on which of the proposed projects will get funded at a Participatory Budgeting event being held on 4th February 2016 at the Dewars Centre, Glover Street Perth.

Download the flyer for the event here.

The scheme, being introduced as part of the new Carers Strategy for Perth and Kinross, will help develop specialist services to support carers and their specific needs. 

We are looking for people or groups who have an idea for a project that would support carers, and would like to bid for funding.

Housing and Health Convener, Councillor Dave Doogan, explained:

"Participatory budgeting will give local carers a real voice in shaping local services for the needs of communities in Perth and Kinross.

"When we spoke to carers in preparation of our new Carers Strategy they expressed a wish to be more involved in how services that support them are designed and delivered. We felt that participatory budgeting would be a great way of giving carers a direct say in the services they receive.

"This is a very exciting development for unpaid carers - a group of dedicated people who do a huge amount of unsung work, and who deserve all the support and help we can give them. 

"I would encourage anyone with any ideas about support projects for carers to get in touch and submit an application for funding."

Maureen Summers, Chair of the Perth and Kinross Unpaid Carers Forum, added:

"This is an exciting innovation as it gives carers the opportunity to decide how they want budgets to be spent on things that are important to them. This approach will really make a difference to people in their caring role."

For more information about the event please contact Lisa Millard on 01738 476092 or Lindsey Miller/Paul Henderson on 01738 475 000. Alternatively, you can email carerschoice@pkc.gov.uk