Category Archives: Carers

Unpaid care totals £10.8 billion across Scotland

Shocking figures from the Valuing Carers 2015 report that shows unpaid care work taken on by friends and family amounted to £10.8 billion across Scotland. It is clear from these figures that so many people are selflessly involved in caring … Continue reading

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Young Carers Festival 2016

Again the Young Carers’ Festival was held at the Broomlee Centre in West Linton. Most important was the chance for so many children and young people who take on caring responsibilities to take time out and have the chance to … Continue reading

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Carers Week 2016

The 6th – 13th of June is celebrated throughout the UK as Carers Week. I am delighted to see that this year’s Carers Week is supported by 7 major charities in order to raise awareness and celebrate the enormous contribution that … Continue reading

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Carers Bill at Stage 3

I was delighted once again that a few weeks ago I was asked to attend Borders Care Voice Annual MSP meeting in Galashiels. I knew from the past few year’s that I have attended that it would be a wide … Continue reading

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Marie Curie Campaign – The way we die

  I think all of us know someone who has battled cancer and while there are wonderful stories of the leaps and bounds made in winning this fight there are instances where the prognosis is terminal. Marie Curie’s campaign ‘The … Continue reading

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Continued support for carers’ rights

I am a long-time supporter of carers and carers’ rights, so of course I was pleased to celebrate Carers Rights Day last week. To highlight the important day, my colleague Rhoda Grant MSP hosted a group of carers and staff … Continue reading

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Carers Week 2015

This week is Carers Week, an annual campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the contribution carers make to our society. The theme this year is Carer Friendly Communities. Carers need a compassionate community around them; to support them in their … Continue reading

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Foster Care Fortnight

Today marks the beginning of Foster Care Fortnight – a campaign to celebrate fostering in Scotland and to promote fostering opportunities across the country. The event is organised by the Fostering Network to highlight the continuing need for people to … Continue reading

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Information available on Self Directed Support

At the end of the month, the Hope Cafe in Lanark will be hosting an information session organised by the South Lanarkshire Self Directed Support Network. The free event, which is open to residents in South Lanarkshire, will provide information … Continue reading

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Borders Voluntary Carers Voice meeting

At the beginning of last week I was delighted to be asked once again to take part in the Borders Voluntary Carers Voice MSP meeting. This annual meeting allows carers from across the Borders to put questions to MSPs about … Continue reading

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