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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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Carers UK's State of Caring Survey 2018 Results

Carers UK's Survey helps show what it means to be an unpaid carer. Almost 7,000 people filled out the survey in the UK providing valuable evidence to support their campaigns and give a real-time picture of what it’s like to be a carer in 2018.continue reading

Short Break Grants round has now closed

That's our grant from Shared Care Scotland now fully utlilised for this year. We have awarded grants to 26 carers to allow them to access a short break of their choice.continue reading

VAS attracts government funding to offer direct payment advice

Last week the Scottish Government announced the successful applicants to the Support in the Right Direction 2021 programme.continue reading

Upcoming meetings & Events

Sibling 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. In the holidays we are running some extra sessions to tie in with Disability Shetland holiday clubcontinue reading

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

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

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