Adult Carers

Who is an Adult Carer?

People need help for lots of different reasons. Maybe they were born with a disability or had an accident that left them disabled; or they have an illness or disease; their problems may be physical or mental; or they might need help because they are getting older and frail or have drug or alcohol problems.

What doesn't vary is that they need help, and if you look after someone - for whatever reason - caring is part of life. Anyone can be a carer. They come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.

An adult carer is anyone aged over 18 years who is supporting someone without being paid to do so. If you are 18 or under, please visit the Young Carers page to find out how we can support you.

Carers Centre

Voluntary Action Shetland supports unpaid carers in Shetland and our Virtual Carers Centre offers carers a one-stop shop approach to relevant information for carers.

We want to help carers :-

  • Find time for themselves
  • Keep healthy
  • Feel less stressed
  • Plan for the future

 What are our services?

  •  One to one support for carers
  •  Support Groups
  •  Virtual Website and Carers Facebook Page
  •  Grants available for Short Breaks
  •  Carer Support Plans in partnership with SIC
  •  Signposting to relevant services
  •  Training to help you in your caring role
  •  Help with emergency planning
  •  Quarterly Newsletters
  •  Support when caring role comes to an end
  •  Opportunity for Carers to influence strategy/policy

Voluntary Action Shetland administers a short break fund which enables eligible carers to take a short break from their caring role.

Adult Carer Groups

Market House Carers Group

Market House Carers Group

This carers group, based at Market House, is an open group for all unpaid adult carers in Shetland.

Visit this group's page »

Alzheimer Scotland Carers' Group

Alzheimer Scotland Carers' Group

We invite carers, their friends and families to join our activities. Social activities for people living with dementia provide an opportunity to create new happy memories, access long-term memories and provide a sense of self-worth whilst remaining connected to their community .

Visit this group's page »

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