Who is a Carer?

Who is a Carer?

In the UK there are six million people who care unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people are called carers. They help with personal things like getting someone dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them to the toilet, helping them move about or administering their medication. Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.

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My short break funding allowed me to get a break to see my son for the first time in three years.


Nutrition E-learning for Carers 30thNov

Nutrition E-learning for Carers

Voluntary Action Shetland

Carers UK has teamed up with Nutricia to develop a FREE e-learning course, which aims to help carers understand the role of nutrition both for yourselves and for the person you're looking after. Find out more +

Smart Meter Roll Out16thNov

Smart Meter Roll Out

Voluntary Action Shetland

Carers Scotland has partnered with Smart Energy GB to help with the smart meter rollout across Scotland - in particular to raise awareness of and promote the advantages of smart meters to carers. Every home in Scotland will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier, free of charge, between now and 2020, replacing old gas and electricity meters. Find out more +

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Adult Carers

An adult carer is anyone aged over 18 years who is supporting someone without being paid to do so. Voluntary Action Shetland's Virtual Carers Centre is available throughout Shetland, providing support, guidance, financial advice and much more.

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Young Carers

A young carer is anyone aged 18 years or under. Voluntary Action Shetland's Virtual Carers Centre offers support to unpaid carers through 1-1 meetings, advice sessions at the Market House and through young carer group activities, and more.

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  • Advice and Guidance About Caring
  • Emotional Support
  • Community Consultation
  • Information About Funding & Benefits
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Advice & Support

The Citizens Advice Bureau is a legal body that is available in the Shetland Islands to provide support and assistance to carers and those being cared for in many different ways.

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Need a Break

Voluntary Action Shetland can assist carers and those being cared for by arranging short carer breaks, including support and funding. You can discuss access and availability of other carer support groups.

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Funding & Benefits

The Shetland Islands Citizens Advice Bureau offer support, advice and checks to ensure that carers and people being cared for are receiving the best financial support available.

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Training & Courses

Voluntary Action Shetland offer carers a range of suitable, condition-specific training sessions to help you in your role as a carer. Additional courses are provided by the local council Social Care Department.

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