Tag Archives: carers

£500 grant for Edinburgh carers

Leith Walk-based charity VOCAL have requested we share the below information on their new Carer Recovery Fund;

VOCAL, Voice of Carers Across Lothian, is a local charity with access to substantial funds from the Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council to help support carers in greatest need – people who support for a partner, child, relative or friend who is frail, has a disability or additional support needs, a long-term condition or needs regular support.

Carers may be unable to work due to their caring role, be in receipt of welfare benefits,
may struggle with food or fuel payments, may need a break from caring or experience
other difficult challenges.

To help ease the challenges faced by carers, VOCAL can allocate financial support of up to £500 to individual carers in (greatest) need. We already reach over 10,000 carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian each year, but we know that over 60,000 people in Edinburgh
have caring responsibilities.

Learn more and apply on VOCAL.org.uk.

In addition to VOCAL themselves, the City of Edinburgh Council have a guide on carers’ rights, best practice and support.

Dynamic Earth break for Carers

Leith Walk-based charity VOCAL have organised two days at Dynamic Earth.

VOCAL’s Wee Breaks partners at Dynamic Earth are offering a unique experience to visit the attraction on Friday 18th December or Wednesday 20th January as they throw open their doors just for VOCAL carers.

Find out all about the big bang and a time when dinosaurs roamed earth with refreshments provided in the café at Dynamic Earth.

VOCAL Wee Breaks offers carers some fantastic opportunities to take some time away from caring in partnership with local and national hospitality, tourism and leisure providers. 

VOCAL works with a number of partners to give carers the opportunity to try something new, reconnect with family and friends or simply take a break from the daily caring routine with or without the person they care for.

Please visit the VOCAL Wee Breaks website to find out what breaks and experiences are available for carers: also more information on planning and funding breaks from caring.

Supporting working carers in your workplace

VOCAL is marking Carers Rights Day, next Thursday 26th November 2020, with a special event/workshop aimed at supporting employers and line managers to set up internal carer support networks in their own organisations.

Since the Coronavirus there has been a steady increase in the number of people caring for someone else, with many now struggling to balance this unpaid caring role with their employment responsibilities. This free workshop is suitable for managers and supervisors in any workplace including public sector services.

Standard Life and Carers Scotland, in partnership with VOCAL, will deliver this free online workshop, sharing experiences and best practice of supporting carers at work, and linking you to other services and external support.

To find out more and book your place on this free workshop, please go to our Eventbrite Supporting Working Carers page.

For more information please contact Hayley Burton at VOCAL on hburton@vocal.org.uk.

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