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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 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 22 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 in 2015, Respitality has facilitated breaks for over 4,178 carers and 3,374 companions with the support of over 434 businesses. In Shetland, since Autumn 2017, we have provided 152 breaks to carers through the Respitality Scheme at an estimated cost to local businesses of £20,230.

16 Local Business have Signed Up to Gift Breaks for 2022 - 2023:

Aa Fired Up, 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, Shetland Jewellery, Steve Henry Motorbike Runs, Shetland Arts Development Agency, The Mousa Boat (Shetland) Ltd

The State of Caring in Scotland 2022 report, which was recently published, explores the financial, health and employment situation of unpaid carers, as well as support services available to them. Amongst the findings in this report are:

40% of carers receiving Carers Allowance are struggling to make ends meet

24% of carers are cutting back on food and heat to make ends meet

Only 12% of carers were offered an adult carer support plan

39% of carers have had no break in the last 12 months

58% of carers said their assessment did not consider their health and wellbeing properly or at all

1 in 10 working carers are in debt

The extra costs of caring and fall in income that many carers face, means they cannot afford to take part in social activities anymore. For many carers, their world shrinks. Their role can become one of providing practical care tasks and company to the person they care for, organising and attending medical appointments and monitoring medication, liaising with care workers and other professionals - with little time to spare to think about their own needs.

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.

‘’Shetland Carers are delighted to be working with Shared Care Scotland to try and offer more short breaks to unpaid carers in Shetland. We are 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.’’ ~ Shetland Carers Team

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