If meeting the cost of a holiday or break will prove difficult, the following organisations may be able to offer some assistance.
25 Portview Road
Tel: 01179 824060 Mon to Fri from 9am to 2pm.
Charity Search provides information about the Charities and Trusts who may respond to requests for financial help. They give details of criteria and how applications should be made. For more information contact Charity Search directly.
6 Avonmore Road
Tel: 020 7605 4200
Information and Advice: 0845 2621863
Independent Age is a national charity helping older people in need by providing:
• Emergency Grants
• Help with equipment to aid independence
• New bedding and clothing, and hospital stay packs
• Friendship through a network of volunteer visitors.
Independent Age helps older people on low incomes to live with dignity and peace of mind in their later years. All enquiries are handled with discretion and in strictest confidence.
The Leonardo Trust
5 Dunyeats Road
Tel: 01202 698325
The Leonardo Trust is an independent charity set up to provide help and support for those who care for another person, full time, in their own home, within Dorset. The Trust may be able to assist with the cost of replacement care for the cared for person, but the main aim is to provide respite and relaxation for the carer whatever age. Following a referral from a Social Worker or other Health Care Professional help may be offered to enable the carer to take a break. The trust will either fund replacement care, a place at a Day Centre so the carer can have some free time, a complete break away, or other recreational activities for the carer. The Leonardo Trust is not a care agency and does not provide care attendants. The Trust does not help with the provision of equipment for the cared for person or make cash grants to individuals.
National Benevolent Fund for the Aged
32 Buckingham Palace Road
Tel: 020 7828 0200
Fax: 020 7828 0400
Helps to provide holidays for older people who have not had a break for some time due to lack of finances. Their services are free to anyone over retirement age on a low income.