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Voluntary Action Shetland

Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS) is a registered charity SC017286, and our role is to support the needs of the local Shetland Community. We support unpaid carers through Shetland Carers.

What can Shetland Carers offer?

We can offer information, advice, signposting and support to local carers and carers groups to help make life a little easier for carers and the people they care for.

Why not arrange a time to meet our support worker who can:

  • Provide a 'listening ear' to carers
  • Undertake home visits throughout Shetland for those who find it difficult to make it in to Market House, Lerwick
  • Provide opportunities for carers to take part in social activities which include regular support groups
  • Arrange training for carers in-house and with partner organisations
  • Help with advice on short breaks/respite facilities and on our carers short break grant scheme
  • Promote greater awareness of carers and their needs, and to give a positive community identity to carers and those involved in caring
  • Talk to carers and carers groups on issues affecting carers
  • Act as a voice to promote the needs of carers through the Shetland Carers Strategy Group and other avenues

Shetland Carers Strategy

You can have your say locally through the Shetland Carers Strategy Group.

The Shetland Carers Strategy Group (SCSG) is a multi-agency group facilitated by Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS). It is carer led and brings together representatives from the Council, NHS Shetland and the Voluntary Sector. The group monitors progress against the objectives of the Carer Information Strategy and supports the needs of unpaid carers. Jim Guyan is the carers representative on this group and you can contact him with any issues you would like raised on your behalf. He is contactable at [email protected]

The Shetland Carers Strategy Group produces the Shetland Carers’ Strategy, in consultation with Carers and using EPiC principles (see within the document).

If you would like to be part of this group Kirsten Harcus, Voluntary Action Shetland's Support Worker, would love to hear from you: [email protected] / 01595 743980


You can contact us by email at [email protected]

Kirsten Harcus is Voluntary Action Shetland's (VAS) Carer Support Worker. She co-ordinates Shetland Carers and has an island wide remit supporting carers and developing services for carers.

Contact number: 01595 743980
Email: [email protected]

Other Useful Contacts

Westside Carers' Group

Fiona Sinclair is the secretary of the Westside Carers' Group.

Contact her at the Walls Health Centre: 01595 809352
Email: [email protected]

The group now have their own facebook page called Westside Carers Group.

Mental Health Carers' Group

Contact: Anne Burke on 07887606205 or by email [email protected]

Alzheimer Scotland Carers' Group

Contact: Ellie Donnelly on 01851 702123 or by Email: [email protected]

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