Latest Information Regarding Covid-19

Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak government guidelines continue to advise that we are unable to have face to face contact (groups, activities, one-to-one support). It is important for us to help minimise the spread of this disease for the health and wellbeing of all our young carers, their families, staff and volunteers.
We are still here, supporting Young Carers – we are just doing things differently. We are maintaining contact, currently, by phone, WhatsApp, Video chat, Zoom groups, text and social media and continue to be available to all Young Carers across Skye and Lochalsh.

Three ways to support our young carers this Christmas

For many Young Carers, Christmas can be a time of increased anxiety. Detailed below are three ways you can help support our Young Carers and help to raise awareness.
1. Get your Christmas Cards from our shop. Our young carers have designed their own unique cards. They are priced at just £3.00 per pack or grab an even bigger bargain when you purchase two packs for £5! All proceeds from the cards will help us to support young carers in Skye & Lochalsh Buy Christmas Cards
2. Make a donation Donate. If you’re doing your Christmas shopping on Amazon, make us your chosen charity on Amazon Smile. We’ll get a donation every time you shop!
3. Tell your family and friends about Young Carers. Christmas can be especially difficult for them– often it means more responsibilities and stress. By helping to spread awareness, you can help make sure young carers are recognised and can access support if they would like to.

Food Hampers Drop Off Points

A huge thank you to Aros for supporting our food hampers!
We have drop off points at Aros and outside Victoria Cottage, Hedgefield Road.
All food and money donated goes directly to supporting our young carer families. Our volunteers manage the food hampers and aim to provide dried goods, toiletries, pet food and fresh food to young carer families in need.
As always we are extremely grateful for all the support we receive from the local community. Without you none of this would be possible.

Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers co-founder awarded MBE

We are delighted to share the news that our former Chair, Mrs Pat Walsh, has been recognised in the latest honours list. Pat has been awarded an MBE for a lifetime’s work supporting several health and social care projects and organisations in Skye and Lochalsh. Having been a senior social worker for many years, Pat has continued to support many charities and projects well into her retirement. Most notably she was a founder member of Skye and Lochalsh Housing Association, supporting the organisation for several years, as well as being instrumental in the establishment of the Skye and Lochalsh Community Care Forum, which launched the Young Carers Project in 2000. Pat was Chair of SLCCF until February 2018, and continues to be an active member of the fundraising team for the Young Carers Service.
Please join us in wishing Pat congratulations for a well deserved recognition.
You can read more about it here in the West Highland Free Press.

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Skye Flag

Huge congratulations to Calum Alasdair Munro for his winning design of the Isle of Skye flag! We like everyone else think it is brilliant and a lovely representation of Skye.
We wish to say a huge thank you to The West Highland Free Press for donating their proceeds from the flag to us! Your generosity will make such a difference to our young carers. Your continued support is greatly appreciated by us all, thank you!
Have you got your Skye flag from the West Highland Free Press yet?
https://www.whfp.com/skye-flag/

20th Anniversary!

How time flies! May 2020 marks the Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers Service 20th Anniversary!
From humble beginnings with Marjory Jagger, Pat Walsh and Irene Mackay(Jagger) supporting 6 young carers to 6 members of staff and a bank of volunteers supporting around 80 young carers annually. Unbelievably 20 years later Marjory, Pat and Irene are all still very much a part of the service. As a service we are truly honoured to support the young carers of Skye and Lochalsh, both past and present. We had big things planned to celebrate this milestone but we have had to put this on hold — for now!
We are delighted to launch our temporary, celebratory logo! It was designed by our young carers to mark our 20th Anniversary and will be the logo we use for the next year (possibly 2 years, depending on the Covid-19 situation).We think you’ll agree the young carers have done a fantastic job!
Here’s to the next 20 years!

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We would like to wish all of our young carers and families a Good Christmas and a Happy New Year.Our last group session will be Friday 17th December and groups will restart on Monday 10th January 2022, Hope to see you all that week 🙂 🎄 ... See MoreSee Less
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On 26th -29th November we took a group of young carers to Edinburgh to enjoy some time away from their caring responsibilities. We visited the cinema, Zoo, go karting, laser combat in the snow, dungeons, bowling, a ghost bus tour and also did lots of shopping which included the Christmas market & fair. All of the young carers had a great time and we are very grateful to everyone who made this trip possible with donations and time. ... See MoreSee Less
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Come and see our stall at the Broadford hall craft fair ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to the increasing cases of Covid-19 in schools across Skye, we have decided to not run our high school group sessions tomorrow or Friday this week. This will be reviewed at the beginning of next week. Staff will continue to work in the office and will be available by phone or email if you need to contact us.Portree High School ... See MoreSee Less
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Autumn Treats & Eats!! We are all set up and ready to go! Come and join us for lots of curry, cakes, kids toy sales, jewellery, FREE KIDS GAMES. We are at the Skye Bible Church, Bayfield Road, Portree ... See MoreSee Less
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