Pledges of support

From our Carers Week 2017 Pledge Wall, the following are pledges that people and organisations who work with unpaid carers in Shetland made about how they will support you in your caring role : -

Disability Shetland pledges to support people caring for an adult or child living with a disability. We will do this by providing various social groups and 1:1 support for people with disabilities across Shetland to enable carers to take a break and have respite from their caring role.   Stephanie Bain, Team Leader, Disability Shetland

The Royal Voluntary Service Shetland, pledge to actively recruit volunteers during Carers Week, into our Good Neighbours Service. This means we can provide Carers with a much needed break. Helen Budgen, Service Co-ordinator, Royal Voluntary Service, Shetland

We pledge to support carers who are supporting individuals with mental ill health via our Wellness Together Programme. Anouska Civico, Service Manager, Mind Your Head

I pledge to support young carers and the siblings of children with additional support needs by giving them time out of their caring role.  Laura Russell, Voluntary Action Shetland, Carer Support Worker for Young People

The OPEN Peer Education Project pledges to raise awareness and promote the Carers Project in all aspects of our work, especially with young people who might not recognise their position as being a young carer.  Una Murray, Coordinator, OPEN Peer Education Project, Voluntary Action Shetland

The Adult Social Work Team will work with carers who support people to ensure they get appropriate support in their caring role. We will do this by working with the carer to develop a support plan that suits their own circumstances. Any support provided to carers following the development of a support plan will be free of charge.  Stephen Morgan, Executive Manager Adult Social Work

NHS Shetland will continue, through partnership working, to ensure that carers of all ages and backgrounds are identified and have access to practical support and information which reflects their needs and interests and allows them a good quality of life that is not prejudiced by their caring role. Anne Ribet, NHS Shetland Primary Care Ops Manager

We pledge to support carers - we accept referrals through VAS Carers Support Service and offer one to one support to carers of all ages requiring bereavement support in Shetland. Outreach support is available for those whose caring role means they have difficulty attending appointments out with the home/local area.  Ellen Hughson, Shetland Bereavement Support Service

“I am keen to continue trying to identify carers at an earlier stage in their caring role so they get the support they require before they hit a crisis. I will do this by working with the statutory and voluntary agencies throughout the year. During Carers Week, I intend to go out and about into the communities to speak with people who can also help with identifying carers and hopefully encourage some people to identify themselves as carers”. Karen Hannay, Carers Support Worker, Voluntary Action Shetland

Friendship and Dementia ….it is important your friend does not face dementia unsupported.  Ann Williamson, Dementia Advisor, Alzheimer Scotland

I pledge to continue to work to identify carers and to promote VAS support service to Carers.  Kirsten Harcus, Support Worker, Voluntary Action Shetland

I pledge to help with the development of the Carers Forum and succession planning for carer representation in Shetland.  Sue Beer, Carers Representative on Carers Link Group and Integration Joint Board

I pledge for the Shetland Befriending Service to continue to support young carers and isolated members of our community to engage in activities on a regular basis to allow them to get involved in stimulating purposeful activities that they enjoy.  Lynn Tulloch, Project Co-ordinator, Shetland Befriending Scheme

Shetland Citizens Advice Bureau pledge to offer carers support to access benefits and other help to which they are entitled. We will offer support through our main office in Lerwick, our outreach sessions in rural health centres and through home visits where these are required.  Karen Eunson, Manager, Shetland Islands Council Citizen Advice Board

Voluntary Action Shetland will continue to support unpaid carers and develop and build on existing services by inclusion of the voices of unpaid carers.  Catherine Hughson, Executive Officer, Voluntary Action Shetland