Social care charity’s new service will help carers across Aberdeenshire who can now sign up to be supported
QUARRIERS, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, is now delivering support services to unpaid carers throughout Aberdeenshire.
The innovative new service, which opened this month, offers coordinated support to unpaid carers of all ages within the family.
Over 20,000 people in Aberdeenshire provide vital support to other family members and friends who may be affected by disability, physical and mental health issues, frailty, substance misuse or another long-term illness.
Operating from its main hub in Inverurie, the service’s role is to ensure carers get appropriate information and support at the right time so they feel able to continue caring while also having time to focus on their own needs.
Commenting on the opening, Susan Leonard, operational manager for Quarriers, said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer support to carers of all ages across Aberdeenshire.
“At Quarriers, we recognise people often don’t realise they are carers or know what assistance is available to them but, with our help, they can access advice, support and training to make life easier.
“We’re encouraging all carers in Aberdeenshire to make contact with us if they feel in need of support even if they’re not entirely sure of what to ask.
“During initial conversations we will take the time to discuss a carer’s individual situation and work out what kind, and level, of help will make the biggest difference.”
Head of Adult Services and Criminal Justice at Aberdeenshire Council, Philip English, said: “Following a recent tender process we are pleased to be working with Quarriers to provide support for carers across Aberdeenshire.
“Carers provide a valuable service in Aberdeenshire and it is important they feel supported in what is a very difficult and challenging role.
“Whether they provide care to family members, other relatives, partners, friends or neighbours who are affected by physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or substance misuse, Quarriers would like to hear from carers who need support. I would urge carers to get in touch with them.”
Quarriers encourages carers of all ages to contact the service to discuss their needs.
For more information or an informal chat, please contact the service on:
Aberdeenshire Carers Support Service
Telephone: 01467 538700
Notes to editors:
Quarriers is one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, providing practical care and support for thousands of vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances.
The charity runs over 100 services across Scotland, and is expanding its work in England, with services in Bath, Swindon, Cheshire and South Shields.
Quarriers’ services support adults and children with disabilities, young people facing homelessness, families facing poverty, unpaid carers and people affected by epilepsy.
For more information, visit www.quarriers.org.uk
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