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Carers Week 2022

Carers Week is back, and face-to-face, with a week of engaging activities to celebrate the enormous contribution made by unpaid carers in Shetland

During Carers Week 2022, we are inviting health and care services, schools, employers and businesses across the isles to recognise the vital contribution made by unpaid carers in Shetland. Throughout the week, we at Shetland Carers hope to raise the profile of unpaid carers and encourage those who may not have acknowledged or disclosed their caring role to come forward and access the support available to them.

The Father | Private Screening

The first event we are hosting is a private screening of Florian Zeller's 'The Father', featuring Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, in Mareel's Screen 2 at 1345 on Tuesday 7th June. The film is a moving, devastating, and thought-provoking look at life from the perspective of a man with dementia (Hopkins) who refuses all assistance from his daughter (Colman) as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind, and even the fabric of his reality. It should go without saying that viewer discretion is advised here - the film may strike a painful chord with those who have personal experience of dementia, and may cause some measure of distress. The screening will be followed by a supportive and informal gathering on the upper level of Mareel's cafe bar, with complimentary hot drinks, until 5pm. Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite, free of charge, by clicking here.

A Creative Day Out

Our third event is a creative day out on Thursday 9th June, featuring a photography workshop with local portrait photographer May Graham, a free lunch at Bonhoga, and a private viewing of the Kergord Hatchery Bookshop, just across the road from Bonhoga. If you are an art and literature enthusiast, or would like to get in touch with your creative side, we think this event would be perfect for you. The tour will meet at Market House on Thursday 9th June at 9:30am, where a private bus - courtesy of GoShetland Tours - will take attendees on their way. Those interested are asked to wear sturdy footwear, and take a device with them that takes photos (formerly called a camera!). To book tickets on Eventbrite, free of charge, click here.

An Afternoon Tea

The fourth, and final, event to mark this year's Shetland Carers Week is our annual afternoon tea, taking place in Islesburgh Room 16 on Saturday 11th June. It is set to be a really special afternoon, with catering from the very talented Amy Henderson of Fyanna Bakery & Patisserie - a pastry chef who has experience at The Ritz Hotel in London. There will also be live music, a room for children's activities, and a host of guest exhibitors from the voluntary sector and beyond. The event is not ticketed, but we encourage those who can to register their interest, or attendance, on our Facebook event here.

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