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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.
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Take Part in Shared Care Scotland's Survey - closing date Weds July 31st!

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

Don't miss your chance to have your say, the closing date is Wednesday July 31st.

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Forthcoming events in July...

Each month on this page, we will provide details of forthcoming events from groups around Aberdeenshire...

  • Alzheimer Scotland
    Click here to access July events, provided by Alzheimer Scotland
  • Male Carers Group - Fyvie Castle
    The Male Carers Group will be meeting on Tuesday July 30th at Fyvie Castle (Fyvie, Aberdeenshire AB53 8JS) in the car park for 1:00pm for a tour around the castle/walk (weather depending) and coffee/tea at the cafe. (We understand that many carers are time limited so feel free to join for part of the meet up if can't stay for the full duration.)

  • Garioch Summer Family Learning - Free, limited spaces available!
    Outdoor Family Learning Days - Den Building, Nature Scavenger Hunts and Outdoor Fun!
    - Wednesday July 17th (11:30am - 1:00pm) at Bogbeth Park, Inverurie
    Parents/Carers and Children stay and play together. All children must be always accompanied and supervised by an adult. Please dress for the weather, including sun hats and sun screen if required. Feel free to bring lunch and water.
    To register, click here or contact 01467 539853

  • Live Life Aberdeenshire: Aberdeenshire Health Walks Network Event
    Join us for a health walks gettogether!
    - Saturday July 20th (10:00am - 1:00pm), Acorn Centre, Inverurie
    Come along for talks, films, information sharing, blethers and partner displays - refreshments and lunch provided!
    To register, click here or contact healthwalks@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

  • Port Elphinstone Community Cafe
    Join us for a free cuppa and chat, on Thursday July 25th (2:00pm - 4:00pm)
    Port Elphinstone Community House, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

  • It's All About Rhynie
    Thursday July 25th (12:00noon - 4:00pm), No.14 Rhynie
    Further details here

  • Aberdeenshire Youth Event
    - Tuesday July 30th (12:00noon - 3:00pm), Inverurie Community Campus
    Further details here
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Cost of Living Calendar: July 2024

Click here to download this handy, day-by-day information guide

Downloadable Carers Leaflets

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How can VSA's Aberdeenshire carers service support you?

Toolkits and Information

We offer a range of resources and information for anyone who has an unpaid caring role. Our range of toolkits were co-designed with carers to:

  • Help build personal resilience
  • Empower you
  • Give you the skills and knowledge you require to continue in your caring role
click here

Carers Magazine

** Coming Soon**

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

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

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Time to Live (TTL) - Creative Breaks

Time to Live (TTL) is a funding programme that provides microgrants to unpaid carers so that they can take a vital break from their caring role - this can take the form of:

  • Materials for a hobby
  • Furniture for your garden
  • An overnight stay away
  • Relaxation/Holistic therapies
  • Classes to learn something new

Whatever you deem as a break for you - TTL can provide this support.

VSA are working with Shared Care Scotland as their delivery partner, with funding being provided by the Scottish Government.

To be eligible for Time to Live funding you must be:

  • An unpaid carer, caring for someone, living in Aberdeenshire
  • Within a caring role for a parent, partner, family member or friend

You do not have to be registered with VSA's Aberdeenshire Carers Service to apply. Any funds awarded must be used by the 31st of March 2025.

Applications now open - simply complete our form

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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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