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The Scottish Parliament is Carer Positive!

by Fiona Collie 03 March 2017

Carers Scotland is delighted to announce that the Scottish Parliament was presented with their ‘Carer Positive’ Award on Tuesday 28th February.  

The presentation was made during an evening reception which was held at the Scottish Parliament to promote the Carer Positive Awards in Scotland, attended by organisations and businesses, including a number of already recognised Carer Positive employers, and working carers.

This event, sponsored by Graeme Dey MSP and supported by Scottish Gas heard from speakers including Jackie Barlow, Head of HR at Scottish Gas; Shona Oliver, Head of Business Services at Intrelate; and the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP. 

Receiving the award on behalf of the Scottish Parliament, Aneela McKenna, Diversity and Inclusion Manager said:

“We are delighted to be recognised as a Carer Positive employer.  We have progressive policies in place, and achieving this award will help us further recognise the support that carers need and give them the confidence to help us in becoming a more inclusive workplace.  We are looking forward to working towards being an Exemplary employer.”

Carer Positive aims to raise awareness of the growing number of carers in the workforce and the benefits to employers of supporting and retaining valuable members of staff. 

Recognition is awarded to employers in Scotland who have a working environment where carers are valued and supported. This might be through flexible working policies or with simple practical measures which can make a big difference to carers.

Over 70 organisations across Scotland, accounting for almost 270,000 employees, are now recognised as Carer Positive employers.

For further information and resources, as well as the current list of Carer Positive employers, visit  

Scottish Parliament award picture


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