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Roadshow in support of Highland carers set to tour across the region next month


By Federica Stefani

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NHS Highland's Carer Support Service team.
NHS Highland's Carer Support Service team.

A series of events aimed at supporting local carers will be held in various Highland locations from the end of September.

Organised by NHS Highland in collaboration with Connecting Carers, Befrienders Highland and others, the Highland Carers Roadshow will tour across the Highland region with free in-person events to show local carers what support is available for them.

With the first event being held in Alness at the Perrins Centre on Wednesday 20 September, this is an opportunity for those in the area with caring responsibilities to chat with and hear from NHS Highland Carer Support Services, as well as many other organisations that can provide help and support, such as Connecting Carers, Befrienders Highland, Alzheimer Scotland and many more.

The events will continue in various Highland locations incuding Nairn, Ullapool and Dingwall and will come to a close on October 5 in Fort William.

Leading the initiative for NHS Highland, Jennifer Campbell, carer services development officer, said: “We’re on the road because we want to reach carers who are ‘off-radar’. In Highland, there are thousands of people of all ages supporting a neighbour, friend or relative, but many carers aren’t aware that there is any help available to them personally. There’s clearly a natural tendency to concentrate on the person being cared for before yourself. We want to offer support before anyone becomes overwhelmed. Sometimes small things can make a big difference.”

Anyone is welcome to drop in to any of the events at any time, and is welcome to bring the person or people they care for.

Professionals and volunteers are also encouraged to come along and free refreshments will be provided on the day.

For more information you can contact please contact Lori MacKellar by phone on 07966 565 138 or email at lorimackellar@carrgomm.org.

Highland Carers Roadshow locations, dates and times:

Alness

Wednesday 20 September 2023, 11am - 2pm

Perrins Centre

Nairn

Friday 22 September 2023, 11.30am - 2.30pm

Nairn Community Centre

Ullapool

Tuesday 26 September 2023, 12pm - 2.30pm

The Macphail Centre

Dingwall

Wednesday 27 September 2023, 12pm - 2pm

The National Hotel

Golspie

Thursday 28 September 2023, 12pm - 2pm

Fountain Road Hall

Thurso

Friday 29 September 2023, 11am - 3pm

North Coast Visitor Centre

Aviemore

Monday 2 October 2023, 11am - 3pm

Cairngorm Hotel

Skye

Tuesday 3 October 2023, 11am - 3pm

Portree Community Centre

Fort William

Thursday 05 October 2023 11am -2pm

Waverley House


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