AN unique film screening takes place in Elgin next Tuesday when a group of unpaid carers and young carers will be sharing their experiences with the wider world.
Over the last six months, The Princess Royal Trust Moray Carers Project has been working with carers and young carers throughout the Moray area to film their stories.
The result of this work, which will be broadcast at a special screening at Elgin Playhouse Cinema on 7 December at 1pm, are a number of original and moving films, where carers talk about their daily lives, their relationships, and the struggles they face.
The films show why it’s important that they continue to receive the services that support them.
One of the carers featured in a film, which is called Caring for Mum, is Val Ireland, who cares for Ada – her mother – who has dementia.
Val said: “Other carers will think like me, I’m sure, in that you are allowing us a voice and it gives us a sense of worth.”
Will Burgess, the Digital Story Project co-ordinator, added: “We wanted this project to raise the profile of carers. Up until now, our carers have often felt that they lacked the means of communicating their messages to other carers, professionals and the wider public.
“These films have helped them to tell their stories in a dynamic and accessible way and screening in cinemas really appeals to the public.
“One in ten people in the UK are unpaid carers, saving the Government between £67 billion and £87 billion a year.
“The country can’t survive without the work of unpaid carers, but there are many concerns and issues that don’t get heard. All of this is because carers often lack means of direct communications that bring the reality of issues to life. Now they have it.”
Moray Carers Project’s Digital Story Project was funded by the Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland.
For more information, please contact Will Burgess, Digital Story Project co-ordinator, on 01343 540990/07584 135712 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Film screening: Tuesday 7 December
Elgin Playhouse Cinema
With more than 1,300 registered carers, The Princess Royal Trust Moray Carers Project provides essential services for many people living in Moray. Services range from work with health services, training and free counselling to young carer activities and film-making. The Princess Royal Trust Moray Carers Project is at: 227 High Street, Elgin IV30 1DJ, tel: 01343 540990. For more information, please see the website: www.moraycarers.co.uk
The Princess Royal Trust Moray Carers Project is affiliated to The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, one of the largest providers of support services for carers and young carers in the UK. For more information, please see www.carers.org and www.youngcarers.net
A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
The Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland works with voluntary organisations across Scotland to support people with long-term conditions. Its vision is for a Scotland where people with long term conditions enjoy, not endure, full and positive lives. The Alliance works towards this vision by: campaigning and influencing policy; supporting and improving practice; supporting voluntary and community organisations; and tackling health inequalities. For more information, see: http://www.ltcas.org.uk/index.html
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