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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 and the most recent on 24 October 2018

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


Carers Parliament 2019

The 7th Carers Parliament will be held on Wednesday 30th October 2019. The event will be held at the Central Halls in Edinburgh.  This year’s Carers Parliament has a theme of the Diversity of Caring.  We want to 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 their own unique experiences, aspirations and diverse needs.  These differences present both an opportunity and a challenge to those tasked with taking forward policy development and delivering support (statutory and third sector) and our Carers Parliament day will be our opportunity to explore what this means in practice.   

The ballot for carers wishing to attend the Carers Parliament is now open.  To register visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CParl2019

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Carers Parliament 2018

Carers Parliament 2018 was held on Wednesday 24th October 2018 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.  

Carers and young carers from across Scotland came to take part and below are a selection of reports about the day. 

We have also produced films from the day:

Carers also took the time to record their thoughts on what should the future look like for carers and young carers.  Thank you to everyone who contributed

The document below summarises the main issues from the debate and provides information on the relevant Scottish Government actions and signposting to sources of support.

Scottish Government Actions
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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 and watch videos of the day by clicking the file below.

Download report 

Watch videos of parliament sessions and workshops here 

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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