Media Release: Royal visit to Renfrewshire charity

HRH The Princess Royal will be meeting with carers, volunteers and young carers when she visits The Princess Royal Trust Renfrewshire Carers Centre on Wednesday 26 January.

The centre moved to new premises at The Embroidery Mill in Paisley in April and the visit of The Princess Royal, who is President of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (The Trust), will highlight the wide range of services on offer to Renfrewshire’s carers and young carers.

At the new Carers’ Centre, The Princess Royal will meet with Florence Burke, Director for Scotland of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Renfrewshire Carers Centre manager, Diane Goodman, and chair Margaret Nilsson.

Ms Goodman will introduce The Princess Royal to the centre’s staff and some of the 3,112 carers for whom the service provides vital help, support and encouragement.

Says a spokesperson: “Renfrewshire Carers Centre delivers quality services to unpaid carers, young and old. This includes providing essential information and advice, emotional support, advocacy, support groups, emergency and future planning, social activities and a helpline.

“The centre offers more than 14,000 hours of respite a year through its respite and befriending services and also runs a calendar of training and therapeutic services to encourage carers to look after themselves as well as their loved ones. This can include stress and time management, crisis and contingency planning, illness and condition-specific training.

“In addition, the centre runs a group for young carers aged from 8 to 25 years which gives children and young people the chance to have fun, take time out from caring and meet others in a similar situation.

“The centre works in partnership with the local authority, health board and other key partners to support carers in Renfrewshire.

“To commemorate the visit, The Princess Royal will unveil a plaque and will be presented with flowers by Shelley, 9, who cares for her mum.”

Ms Goodman said: “We are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal is opening our new premises at The Embroidery Mill. We want to reach as many carers as possible in Renfrewshire to let them know about the range of services we offer to support them in their caring role.”

For further information, please contact Emma Baird, Press and PR Manager on 0141 285 7938/07791 230261 or email:


Media Invitation: Press photographers are welcome to take photographs of HRH The Princess Royal upon her arrival outside The Princess Royal Trust Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Abbey Mill Business Centre, The Embroidery Mill, Seedhill, Paisley PA1 1JT.

All press who would like to attend will need to apply for a pass by contacting Emma Baird on the above number or by email by Friday 21 January. Photographs of the event will be available for media use after – contact Emma Baird as detailed previously with any requirements.

Interviews: Journalists who would like to interview Diane Goodman, manager of The Princess Royal Trust Renfrewshire Carers Centre, or a carer should contact Emma Baird on the number above.

Notes to editors:

1) Established in 1996, The Princess Royal Trust Renfrewshire Carers Centre (a network member of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers) provides a wide range of support services to 3,112 carers in Renfrewshire. However, there are an estimated 24,000 carers in Paisley and the surrounding areas who are caring for someone who is unable to manage without help and support, many of whom don’t recognise themselves as carers and are unaware of the support that is available to them.

2) The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is one of the largest providers of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. Through its unique network of 144 independently managed Carers’ Centres, 89 young carers’ services and interactive websites, and, The Trust currently provides quality information, advice and support services to more than 424,000 carers, including approximately 28,500 young carers.

3) In Scotland, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers currently helps more than 49,000 adult and more than 4,000 young carers in Scotland to cope with their caring role through a network of 29 Carers’ Centres and 23 young carers’ services.

4) A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help because of age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

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