A Bury spokesman said: 'The success is all the more amazing because the scheme itself was only established as a pilot project in September of last year. However, the judges were impressed by the way it has had an immediate impact, with over 50
carers able to enjoy a well earned break in the first six months of the scheme being started.'
Bury MBC's social services spokesman Mike Connolly aid: 'To be recognised at this level shows just what a professional and well thought out project has been established here in Bury and we know it will bring benefits to many carers in the future. For those who have to look after others there are occasions when
they themselves need a break. Our project allows them to do just that and do it when they choose. There is no doubt that short breaks away from the caring role are essential and they provide the individuals concerned with the chance to pursue other activities, be they social, health related or educational. They can then return refreshed both physically and mentally.'
Through the Bury scheme, vouchers are issued to carers who are then free to use those when they wish. This allows them to arrange services with specific providers and have them tailored to meet the needs of the individual concerned.