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Carers' centres

Carers' centres
Carers' centres are independent charities that offer practical support, advice and information for you as carer in your local area either by phone, drop-in or outreach surgeries.

What help can I get at a carers' centre?


What can the carers centre do for you? Video transcript (PDF)

Carers' centres can provide you with:

  • information and advice on things like benefits, respite and support services, advocacy, carer's assessments, aids and adaptions
  • emotional support you can talk with trained staff, volunteers and other carers who understand your situation
  • community consultation by giving carers a unified voice to have an impact on local, regional and national decision-making
  • activities for yourself including time out from caring, breaks, relaxation therapies, and the opportunity to enjoy your own social life

Your local carers' centre may also provide training on subjects like:

  • continence care
  • finding your way around the care system
  • protecting yourself from harm, stress or depression
  • finding time and space for yourself
  • dealing with challenging behaviour
  • planning for the future
  • financial planning

Find a carers' centre

Your GP, district nurse, health visitor or social worker can put you in touch with a carers' centre. You don't need to be referred - you can just drop in during opening hours.

Visit the Carers Trust Scotland website to search for a carers' centre near you as well as projects to help young carers.

Carers Scotland's directory can also identify support groups for where you live.

MECOPP Carers Centre provides services to black and minority ethnic carers and communities.

Carers' centres across Scotland include:

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire - VSA Carers Centre

Angus - Angus Carers Centre

Argyll and Bute:

Borders - Borders Carers Centre

Clackmannanshire - Central Carers Centre

Dumfries and Galloway - Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre

Dundee - Dundee Carers Centre

East Ayrshire - East Ayrshire Carers Centre

East Dunbartonshire - Carers Link

East Lothian - Carers of East Lothian

East Renfrewshire - East Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Edinburgh - VOCAL

Falkirk - Central Carers Centre

Fife - Fife Carers Centre

Glasgow:

Highland - HCCF Carers Centre

Inverclyde - Inverclyde Carers Centre

Midlothian - VOCAL Midlothian Carers Centre

Moray - Moray Carers Centre

North Ayrshire - North Ayrshire Carers Centre

North Lanarkshire:

Orkney - Crossroads Caring for Carers

Outer Hebrides - Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Perth and Kinross - Perth and Kinross Carers Centre

Renfrewshire - Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Shetland - Voluntary Action Shetland

South Ayrshire - South Ayrshire Carers Centre

South Lanarkshire:

Stirling - Stirling Carers Centre

West Dunbartonshire - Carers of West Dunbartonshire

West Lothian - Carers of West Lothian

The information was last updated on: 24th May 2017

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