In the run up to the local election, the Carers Voice group contacted all 84 candidates to invite them to meet with local carers. We have received correspondence back from a small handful of councillors keen to meet with unpaid carers in the community to have an informal chat about their lives.
We have therefore arranged Meet and Greet sessions with local candidates and unpaid carers for next Tuesday:
Date: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Morning Session: 10am-12pm (10.30am start)
Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm (1.30pm start)
Location: PKAVS, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP
The purpose of these informal sessions would be for unpaid carers to have a chance to ask candidates present any burning questions or to make suggestions for what they feel should happen to support carers (as well as share their own personal stories if they like). Candidates can come along to listen and learn about carers issues and inform carers on their stance in regards to the carers agenda.
The sessions will be supported by the Carers Voice group, which consists of 22 previous and current unpaid carers from various caring backgrounds. They have a lot of involvement in local and national service development, and are therefore very keen to hear from as many candidates as possible.
If you would like to attend please contact Kerry Donaghy on 01738 567076 or Kerry.Donaghy@pkavs.org.uk so we can make appropriate arrangments for refreshments.
Within our newsletter we hope that you will find useful contacts, information, dates for your diary and details of support available for Carers within Perth & Kinross and further afield.
The Scottish Government is currently designing a social security system ahead of powers being devolved over eleven benefits and wants people with direct or current personal experience of the current system to help design the new one.
Come along to the Annual Young Carers Consultation. We will be discussing the support that we have put in place over the past 12 months and our plan for going forward into 2017/18.