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Carers from across Scotland come together to celebrate and recognise the diversity of caring

by Fiona Collie 28 October 2019

Unpaid carers from every local authority in Scotland will get together on Wednesday 30 October at the 7th Carers Parliament to debate and discuss issues that affect them. This year’s Carers Parliament, which is being held in Edinburgh, will recognise and celebrate the diverse nature of caring in Scotland. 

Carers have been described as ordinary people doing extraordinary things but fundamentally carers are individuals with diverse needs, and unique experiences and aspirations. Although progress has been made in legislation and policy development, the diverse nature of caring continues to present both an opportunity and a challenge to those tasked with delivering support and setting the direction for future policy. The Carers Parliament will be an opportunity for carers to explore what this means in practice. 

The event will chaired by the Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission’s, Judith Robertson and delegates will hear directly from Ministers and COSLA. The Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, the Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie and COSLA President Alison Evison will also be addressing the event and responding to carers views.

Full information about this year’s Carers Parliament is available at:

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  • Fiona Collie, Carers Scotland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. T: 0141 445 3070
  • Kate Hogarth, Shared Care Scotland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  T: 01383 622462

Notes to Editors:

This year’s Carers Parliament will take place on 30 October 2019 at The Edinburgh Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP

The Carers Parliament is organised by Carers Scotland in partnership with the National Carer Organisations and funded by the Scottish Government. Since 2012, we have held the Carers Parliament to:

    • Enable carers from every constituency in Scotland to come together to consider, at a strategic level the policy and legislation that affects their lives.
    • Influence the way forward for supporting carers, reflecting the impacts of recent developments and share good practice.
    • Provide an opportunity for policymakers and politicians to hear directly from carers about their lives and the impact of policy and legislation on them

The National Carer Organisations consist of Carers Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

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