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Am I an 'unpaid carer'?

Do you look after someone who is a member of your family, relative, or a friend who needs support because they have a disability, illness, condition or because they are elderly?

An illness could be a physical, a mental health, or a substance misuse issue. You might help the person you look after in a variety of ways including shopping, collecting medication, cooking, cleaning, providing personal care or helping them to get out and about.

Do you look after this person without being paid to do so?

This means you are not carrying out caring duties via employment or voluntary work. It doesn’t matter whether you are receiving social welfare benefits such as Carers Allowance or pensions. 

If you answered 'yes' to both these questions, then you are an unpaid carer. You may not describe yourself as a carer, it’s just what you do as a husband, wife, partner, parent, child, sibling, relative or friend.

Scottish Welfare Fund - Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants

The pandemic has caused financial impact for some families due to sudden loss of income and unemployment which added extra worries for those who have been affected.

Turn2us: Financial Support and Grants Search Engine

COVID-19 represents a severe threat to people's income, livelihoods and wellbeing. As a charity, Turn2us is committed to ensuring everyone has accesses to services and support.

Every month
Perth Me Time Carers Support Group
Perth Me Time Carers Support Group
Last Tuesday of each month
Crieff Social Therapies
Booking is essential
1st Monday of each month
Kinross Carers Cafe

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