In the run up to the local election, the Carers Voice group contacted all 84 candidates to invite them to meet with local carers. We have received correspondence back from a small handful of councillors keen to meet with unpaid carers in the community to have an informal chat about their lives.
We have therefore arranged Meet and Greet sessions with local candidates and unpaid carers for next Tuesday:
Date: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Morning Session: 10am-12pm (10.30am start)
Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm (1.30pm start)
Location: PKAVS, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP
The purpose of these informal sessions would be for unpaid carers to have a chance to ask candidates present any burning questions or to make suggestions for what they feel should happen to support carers (as well as share their own personal stories if they like). Candidates can come along to listen and learn about carers issues and inform carers on their stance in regards to the carers agenda.
The sessions will be supported by the Carers Voice group, which consists of 22 previous and current unpaid carers from various caring backgrounds. They have a lot of involvement in local and national service development, and are therefore very keen to hear from as many candidates as possible.
If you would like to attend please contact Kerry Donaghy on 01738 567076 or Kerry.Donaghy@pkavs.org.uk so we can make appropriate arrangments for refreshments.
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.