Pledges of support

From our Carers Week 2018 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 : -

We pledge to continue to support those accessing befriending and provide a break for those in a caring role.  Lynn Tulloch, Project co-ordinator, VAS – Shetland Befriending Scheme

The Royal Voluntary Service Shetland pledges to promote their services and actively recruit volunteers.  We offer support for carers to help them stay involved in their local community and prevent the feeling of isolation.  Moira Bell, Service Manager, Royal Voluntary Service

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

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

Disability Shetland pledges to work closely with disabled people and their carers to enable full participation in community life through group and individual activities and programmes.  We pledge to support carers to continue to care by providing support which enables them to take a break, knowing their loved ones are supported by trained staff and volunteers in their own community. Stephanie Bain, Team Leader, Disability Shetland

I pledge to continue to identify hidden carers and support carers so that they can find time for themselves. Kirsten Harcus, Voluntary Action Shetland, Support Worker

Alzheimer Scotland helping to make sure nobody faces dementia alone. Ann Williamson, Alzheimer Scotland, Shetland Branch