Carers Week (12th – 18th June 2017) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
We would like to send out a massive thank you to EVERYONE who came to the events we organised throughout Perth and Kinross to celebrate carers and raise awareness of PKAVS Carers Hub support services during Carers Week.
We kicked things off on the Saturday prior to Carers Week with a Street Café in St James Square, Crieff. The rainy weather didn’t deter our Carers Team as we set up the Gazebo’s with information leaflets and cakes!
Raising awareness about who are unpaid Carers and the support services out there was a vital part of Carers Week and throughout the week we manned information stalls in the Local Sainsbury's in Kinross, SSE PLC and Perth Royal Infirmary. We also held Carer Aware Sessions with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service White Watch and Perth and Kinross Council.
Jasmin, our Schools Outreach Worker was also out and about speaking to local schools about her work with Young Carers and visited Kinross High School who announced they were launching a Young Carers Club.
On Thursday the 15th June we organised a Multicultural Afternoon Tea at the Royal Hotel in Blairgowrie. Carers were joined for music, dancing and scrummy cakes by the Provost Dennis Melloy and enjoyed a presentation of photographs from Gosia's (PKAVS Day Club worker) trip to Nepal.
Friday the 16th was the busiest day of Carers Week. In the morning we attended Pitlochry High School’s Coffee Morning which was organised by staff and pupils. The morning was well attended by local carers and families. We were treated to an array of music performed by the very talented pupils and an unlimited supply of tea and cake. Pupils were also offering hand massages.
From L-R: Keith Scott (PKAVS Carers Hub), Elaine Liney (Pitlochry High School), Andy Chan (PKAVS Chairman), Councillor Mike Williamson, Councillor Ian Campbell.
We hope that you manged to catch Friday’s STV News at 6 o’clock which featured a segment starring local unpaid carer Linda Lennie who gave the world an insight into her life as a carer for her mother Jemima.
You may have also seen the full page articles that PKAVS Carers Hub had in The Courier and The Perthshire Advertiser in the week leading up to Carers Week. Advertising in the local paper was a great way to try and encourage as many hidden Carers to get in touch and get involved!
The week ended with a ‘Carers Celebration Bash’ held at the Best Western Lovat Hotel in Perth where carers young and old, family and friends let down their hair with a night of live music and dancing.
Special thanks to Karen Johnstone the General Manager of the Lovat for very generously providing the venue for the event free of charge. The Lovat were brilliant from start to finish in helping PKAVS organise the Bash – and the stovies went down a storm!
Big thanks also to the Scottish Police and Community Choir who treated guests to a beautiful medley of songs to kick start the evening, helping make it one to remember.
Finally we would like to thank everyone who joined in with our Social Media Awareness Raising Campaign by liking, sharing, tweeting and using the hashtag #ICareForCarers to help us spread our Cares Week Facts. Our thunderclap also helped spread the word about Carers Week, with our message reaching 67,218 people!
The Scottish Government has introduced a new benefit called the Carers Allowance Supplement.
We will be holding a Drop in on Thursday 18th October from 9am to 2pm at PKAVS for anyone who would like more info about the 'Getting it Right for Cares Across Perth & Kinross' consultation.
Over the next 4-5 weeks, the Scottish Government wants to talk to older people about their experiences of Attendance Allowance, one of the benefits being devolved to Scotland.