Carers Scotland is currently in the process of organising the Carers Parliament, taking place on Wednesday 30th October. The theme this year is “Diversity of Caring”.
Carers Scotland are keen to reach out to people that may not currently identify as carers, or people that may not be part of existing carer networks, and encourage them to attend.
Carers and those mentioned above can apply to attend by entering a ballot, which ensures that there will be at least one carer from every area in Scotland. Expenses will be covered for all carers attending.
Since 2012, the Carers Parliament has:
- enabled carers from every constituency in Scotland to come together to consider, at a strategic level, the policy and legislation that affects their lives
- influenced the way forward, reflecting on the impacts of recent developments and share good practice
- given the opportunity for policymakers and politicians to hear directly from carers about their lives and the impact of policy and legislation on them
The aim of the Carers Parliament is 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 individual people with their own unique experiences, aspirations and diverse needs. Carers Scotland and the parliament believe that these differences present both an opportunity and a challenge to those tasked with taking forward policy development; the upcoming session will be an opportunity to explore what this means in practice.
The session will:
- celebrate the diversity of both carers and caring in Scotland
- consider the impact of policy and legislation on carers’ lives
- reflect on the challenges faced by carers, those that are common and those of different groups of carers
- share best practice, gather diversity of experiences and influence the way forward
For further information, including how to attend, please contact Fiona Collie by email: firstname.lastname@example.org