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VSA Aberdeenshire Carers Service

VSA's Aberdeenshire carers service - supporting adults, children, and young people who care for someone living in Aberdeenshire.

Do you look after someone who needs help and support due to an illness, disability, mental health problem, or substance misuse? If they could not manage without your support, and you’re not employed to do this, then you are a carer.
The advantage of our information and support is that we are a local based organisation. We have an in-depth understanding of the people of Aberdeenshire and take a localised approach to all our information and carers services. We are also network partners with the National Carers Organisations, Carers Trust and Coalition of Carers which keeps us briefed with all matters relating to unpaid carers.
Our new, dedicated Facebook Group is now live! Search VSA Aberdeenshire Carers to join.

Carers Week 2024 - Putting Carers on the Map

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. This year’s theme is Putting carers on the map.


Here are just some of the events taking place across Aberdeenshire during Carers Week 2024...

Mon June 10th - Sun June 16th

VSA Aberdeenshire Carers Information Desk
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Concourse

Weds June 12th

Dementia Education Day

10:00am - 5:30pm: Garioch Heritage Centre, Inverurie
(Approximate afternoon schedule below, includes a VSA Unpaid Carers presentation at 3:30pm)

Book tickets via Eventbrite here


Older Adult Community Mental Health Team / Dementia Outreach Team / PDS

Care Management – role of Care Manager / Enablement Support Coordinator

Lyn Pirie - Welcome Wards

ARCH – Enablement / uninjured fallers etc



Care Home Assurance Nurses – Dementia Care

Alzheimer’s Scotland – Social Groups

VSA / Unpaid Carers

Mop Up / Questions / Thank you

Networks of Wellbeing Coffee, Cake & Chat

1:00pm - 3:00pm Huntly OAP Hall, Church Street, Huntly

Thurs June 13th
Alzheimer Scotland Carers Group

2:00pm - 3:00pm: The Kirk Centre, Ellon

Downloadable Carers Week Leaflets

Downloadable Toolkits and Information

Downloadable Toolkits and Information

A range of resources and information for anyone who has an unpaid caring role.

  • Help build personal resilience
  • Empower you
  • Give you the skills and knowledge you require to continue in your caring role
Click HERE to access

Carers Magazine

** Coming Soon**

Our carer magazine, where you can find out what activities we have upcoming and also read stories from fellow carers.


Shared Care Scotland - Helping Carers Find Balance

With a new 'right to a break' in development, it has never been more important to put carers voices at the heart of decision-making. That’s why Shared Care Scotland, the national carer organisation with short breaks and respite at its core, is undertaking a comprehensive survey on unpaid carers’ experiences of short breaks and respite services in Scotland.

The survey will help the organisation understand the needs and experiences of carers which as they build a picture of short breaks and respite across Scotland.

Full details of the survey including more detail on how the data will be used, and the link to the survey can be found on the Shared Care Scotland survey page HERE

Do you know of someone who is a carer or are you a carer that needs support?

Adult Referral Form

If you are an adult carer or referring an adult carer, please follow the link below to complete our online form.
Aberdeenshire Carers Support Service General Referral Form

Young Carers Referral Form

If you are a young carer or referring a young carer, please follow the link below to complete our online form.

Aberdeenshire Young Carers Service Referral Form


Carefree - Short Hotel Breaks for Unpaid Carers

Carefree is a multi-award-winning digital charity with a mission to offer every full-time unpaid carer in the UK the chance of an annual short break.

Breaks consist of 1-2 night hotel stays, plus breakfast at the cost of a £33 admin fee. To be eligible, you must be 18+ and a full-time unpaid carer (30+ hours per week).

The break is for the carer only. You are welcome to take a companion but not the person(s) you care for. Carers may book up to one break per calendar year.

Request a referral by completing our form HERE. Alternatively, you can find out more by contacting: carers.shire@vsa.org.uk or pamela.mccready@vsa.org.uk

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