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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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Young Carer Grant consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on the development of the policy and regulations for the Young Carer Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland.continue reading

Having your say as a carer in Shetland

Would you like to be more involved in how the services work for carers? Carers are a really important group in the population and it is really important their views are heard when people are discussing health and social care services.continue reading

Flu vaccination for unpaid carers

Unpaid carers are one of the target groups for the flu vaccination.continue reading

Upcoming meetings & Events

Stepping Out

This is a chance to get out and meet people in Yell. the group meet every couple of weeks in various halls around Yell.continue reading

Friday Group

This group meets at Mareel every fortnight in term time, from 2.30pm-4pm. It is aimed at young people who find it difficult to meet and communicate with others.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. In the holidays we are running some extra sessions to tie in with Disability Shetland holiday clubcontinue reading

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