The Carers Parliament will be held at the Scottish Parliament on Monday 1 October 2012, by kind permission of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. There are 185 places available for carers to attend. The theme for the first parliament, chosen by the majority of the 1000 carers who replied to the recent consultation, is Services and Support.
We are expecting the event to be oversubscribed. There are 660,000 unpaid carers in Scotland and over 400 of those who replied to the consultation indicated an interest in attending. The carers on the Steering Group which is planning the event have therefore decided that there will be a ballot to select delegates.
The ballot will be done based on parliamentary constituency to ensure that carers from across Scotland are represented. The draw will be held in late July and we will inform you of the outcome in early August. There will be two delegates selected from each of the 73 Scottish parliamentary constituencies.
A small number of additional places have been reserved for carers who are contributing to the programme, for example as members of the steering group or speakers for the workshops and to ensure minority groups and young carers are represented.
Some funding is available to support carers to attend. This will include travel and subsistence and, if required, replacement care costs.
To find out more and to apply to take part, click here
The application process for the Carers Parliament is now closed. The ballot will be drawn on 9 August 2012 and carers who have been successful will be contacted shortly thereafter.