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.

Carers Testimonials

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


Shetland Carers Information Strategy 2016-202022ndFeb

Shetland Carers Information Strategy 2016-2020

Voluntary Action Shetland

Shetland Carers Strategy 2016-2020 has recently been approved Find out more +

New Study Maps out experiences of Young Carers 22ndFeb

New Study Maps out experiences of Young Carers

Voluntary Action Shetland

Commissioned in partnership with Carers Trust Scotland with the support of Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance, the study by the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, surveyed 238 young carers across the country. Find out more +

Retirement of Hold by Carers Trust 15thFeb

Retirement of Hold by Carers Trust

Voluntary Action Shetland

Carers Trust launched a new report – Retirement on hold – supporting older carers. The report sets out the issues older carers told us they faced, and makes recommendations to ensure older carers get the vital support they need now and in the future. 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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