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Carers Parliament

The first annual Carers Parliament was held on 1 October 2012 at Holyrood.

Carers Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government and in partnership with the national carer organisations, organise an annual Carers Parliament for carers from all across Scotland.

The first Carers Parliament was held on 1 October 2012.  The next event will be held on 24 October 2018

In this section, you can download reports and watch video from earlier events.


Carers Parliament 2018

Carers Parliament 2018 will be held on Wednesday 24th October 2018. The event will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and will bring the voice of carers from across Scotland to the debate on the future of health and social care.  

The ballot for this year’s event is now open.  The form below is for a place in the ballot.  This will award one place for each delegate from each of the 73 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies.  The application process will close on Friday 27 July and the ballot will be drawn on Monday 6 August.  Carers will be informed of the result shortly thereafter.

Add your name into the ballot at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CarersP2018

For information, carers from each area of Scotland will be represented in a number of ways.  The first is through this open ballot application process.  Places will also be awarded through a closed process to:

  • A carer representative and their substitute from each of the integrated joint boards in Scotland.  
  • Young carers recruited in a number of ways including through the young carer projects
  • Black and minority ethnic carers and carers from equality groups to ensure representation. 

If you are an IJB carer rep, please do not apply through the open ballot process - you will be contacted separately by the Coalition of Carers in Scotland. 

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Carers Parliament 2016

Carers Parliament was held on 2 November 2016 in Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Delegates heard from a range of speakers including the Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman MSP and Minister for Public Health & Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP, Marja Tuomi, Chief Executive of the Central Association of Carers in Finland alongside carers and representatives from CoSLA.  The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent a video address to welcome carers to the event and Senator Paul Routier, Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Jersey came along to hear about support for carers in Scotland.

You can read the full report of the day by clicking the file below.

Carers Parliament report 2016
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Carers Parliament 2015

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Watch videos of parliament sessions and workshops here 

Carers Parliament Report 2015
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Carers Parliament 2014

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Watch videos of parliament sessions and workshops here 

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Carers Parliament 2013

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Watch videos of parliament sessions and workshops here 

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Carers Parliament 2012

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Watch videos of parliament sessions and workshops here 

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