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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.


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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State of Caring Survey Results 2019

Each year, Carers Scotland carries out a survey of carers to understand the state of caring in Scotland. Last year 755 carers shared their experience of what it’s like to be a carer. Carers Scotland's report provides a snapshot of caring in 2019.continue reading

Young Carers Grant

Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment of £300 for young carers aged 16, 17 or 18 years old in Scotland.continue reading

Fair Dementia Care Campaign

Through their report, the Fair Dementia Care Commission calls for a number of reforms, including equal access to free healthcare for people living with advanced dementia. You can sign the petition to support the campaign for Fair Dementia Care below.continue reading

Upcoming meetings & Events

Parent Carer Support Group

This group usually runs on the last Tuesday in the month from 11am - 1pm 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

Sibling Group Sessions

We run a monthly group on a Saturday morning from 10.45 - 12.45 for young people who have a sibling with Additional Support Needs or possibly carrying out a small caring role for a parent.continue reading

Lego Group

Lego Group can encourage sibling interaction, along with promoting role play, wider group interaction, turn taking and eye contact. This is done through playing with Lego in a structured way. It is great fun and there is always adult support on hand.continue reading

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