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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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Q1: Do you provide unpaid care for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without your support?

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Latest News

Latest Carers Newsletter - now available Autumn 2018

Our latest Carers Newsletter is out now. It includes info on carers groups, the new Carers Allowance Supplement, a new Direct Payment Advice Service, 'What to Expect' Leaflets, Carers Rights Day 2018 and the NEW Carers Outreach service at GP surgeries.continue reading

ILF Scotland Transitions Fund

The new ILF Scotland Transition Fund provides money, for up to 1 year, to support young people living with disabilities to improve their lives. This includes autism, learning difficulty, physical disability, mental health or hearing or visual impairments.continue reading

Carers Allowance Supplement

The Scottish government have announced that carers will start receiving the first top up Carers Allowance payment from Thurs 13th Sept. Any carers who were receiving Carers Allowance on 16th April will receive the full top up of £221.continue reading

Upcoming meetings & Events

Memory Lane Cafes - host by Alzheimer's Scotland, Shetland branch

Memory Lane Cafes are held around Shetland and offer an opportunity to meet with a Dementia Advisor in an informal relaxed atmosphere. This is open to the person with dementia and their carer.continue reading

Outreach visits to Health Centres

Karen and Kirsten are trying to get in touch with more carers by visiting health centres on a quarterly basis.continue reading

Parent Carer Support Group

This group usually runs on the last Tuesday in the month unless there are school holidays. It is funded through our Better Breaks funding and we try to create a relaxed atmosphere for parents to have a cup of tea and speak to other parents.continue reading

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