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Respitality for businesses - HOW TO DONATE

Respitality (respite + hospitality) is a new and effective way in which the hospitality and leisure sector can help their local communities by recognising and appreciating the contribution of unpaid carers.

How does it work?

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 to have a break away from their caring responsibilities to recharge their batteries and have a little time for themselves. The carer can access the break themselves, or take a companion with them if they wish to do so. Respite is historically seen as an overnight stay, but there are many other opportunities for carers to access!

To donate a gift or break(s) to the Respitality Scheme, please email [email protected] or telephone: 01595 743980.

For more information, you can view the NEW Respitality animation at: The Respitality Animation on Vimeo

Respitality originated in the US and is currently available in 19 different local authority areas in Scotland. The Scheme is funded through the Scottish Government and co-ordinated through Shared Care Scotland. Since launching the initiative, Respitality has facilitated breaks for over 3,700 carers with the support of over 390 businesses. In Shetland, since Autumn 2017, we have provided 127 breaks to carers through the Respitality Scheme at an estimated cost to local businesses of £15,507.

14 Local Business have Signed Up to Gift Breaks for 2021 - 2022:

Brudolff Hotels, Busta House Hotel, Clickimin Complex, Fjara Cafe Bar, Glansin Glass, Isles Reflexology, Luxury Apartments Shetland, Ordaal Cottage in Unst, Seabirds-and-Seals, Sea Kayak Shetland, Self Catering Shetland, Steve Henry Motorbike Runs, Shetland Arts Development Agency, The Mousa Boat (Shetland) Ltd

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on unpaid carers. In Scotland, the "Caring Behind Closed Doors" research by Carers Scotland estimates there are now 1.1 million unpaid carers in Scotland (which is 1 in 5 people). They also found that a staggering 78% of unpaid carers in Scotland are having to provide more care for their loved ones during the coronavirus outbreak. Reduced care and support services, and paid care workers isolating meant many unpaid carers in Scotland had, and still have, no choice but to care round the clock for loved ones with complex health conditions and disabilities - without any hope of a break. Nearly 4 in 10 (39%) of unpaid carers are providing more care as a result of local services reducing or closing.

This has had a devastating impact on their health and wellbeing, with more than half (53%) of unpaid carers saying they felt overwhelmed managing their caring responsibilities during the outbreak and worry about burning out. These statistics are a reality for unpaid carers every day, and why it's so important that they have access to regular short breaks from routine.

What are the benefits of Respitality?

1. The break will give carers something to look forward to and a chance to have time out for themselves.

2. Regular, planned breaks be used as a preventative tool to prevent carers from reaching crisis.

3. Gift providers can increase awareness of their business and their community involvement, and the role of carers is further promoted.

Kirsten Harcus, Shetland Carers Support Worker said: ‘’Shetland Carers 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.’’

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