Respitality in Shetland
Respitality (respite+hospitality) allows Shetland's hospitality and leisure sector to donate a short break which VAS pass onto local unpaid carers in to have an opportunity to recharge their batteries and take time for themselves.
Respitality (respite + hospitality) is a new and effective way the hospitality and leisure sector can help their local communities by recognising and appreciating the contribution of unpaid carers.
Respitality involves connecting local organisations that support unpaid carers with hospitality providers e.g. hotels, guest houses, restaurants, leisure clubs, beauty salons etc. The idea is that hotels, for example, become Respitality Partners by making a ‘gift’ of a short break. The breaks are made available during quieter periods, when it suits the business. This enables a carer, plus a companion, to have a break away from their caring responsibilities to recharge their batteries and have a little time for themselves. Respite is historically seen as an overnight stay, but it can be whatever the carer wants it to be, such as a trip to the cinema, a haircut, a concert – the possibilities are endless!
Respitality originated in the US and is currently available in 14 different local authority areas across Scotland. The Scheme is funded through the Scottish Government and co-ordinated through Shared Care Scotland. During 2018 this project offered a break to 1,149 carers and 805 companions with an approximate value of £84,387. In Shetland, since Respitality began in November 2017, 77 carers have enjoyed a break through the Scheme all donated by local businesses, with an approximate value of £7,417.
|The break will give carers something to look forward to and a chance to have time out for themselves.|
|Regular, planned breaks be used as a preventative tool to prevent carers from reaching crisis.|
|Gift providers can increase awareness of their business and their community involvement, and the role of carers is further promoted.|
Kirsten Harcus, VAS Carer Support Worker said: ‘’VAS are delighted to be working with Shared Care Scotland to try and offer more short breaks to unpaid carers in Shetland. I am very excited about this project which offers a win-win to both parties : Carers receive a much needed break from their caring responsibilities while Gift Providers give something back to their community and at the same time raise their own profile.’’
Drumquin Guest House were first to sign up to the scheme in Shetland.
Leslie Anderson said : ‘’We recognise from personal experience the benefits to the carers from participating in such a Scheme. Having time off to recharge their batteries and relax is so important.’’
|Drumquin Guest House||Busta House Hotel||Ordaal Cottage, Unst|
|The Moorfield Hotel, Brae||Fjara Cafe Bar||King Harald Apartments|
|Clickimin Complex||Shetland Arts||Self Catering Shetland|
|Shetland Motorbike Training||Luxury Apartments Shetland||Shetland Country Music Club|
|Isles Reflexology||Brudolff Hotels||Brae Hotel|
To join the Scheme please complete the online sign-up form or contact [email protected] or tel 01595 743980.
To donate a gift to the Scheme, please contact [email protected] or tel 01595 743980.
Respitality Sign Up Form
The information you supply here is voluntary, the more info you supply us with the more we can tailor our communication to you.
This form should be completed by the carer, young carer or any person supporting the carer.