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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Please see the helpful update below which may be of benefit to all young carers.New PSR Scotland service launched to promote priority services.Scotland’s electricity distribution and water networks have joined forces to launch PSR Scotland, an innovative partnership to inform customers of the free support available when they need it most.With the launch of the new PSR Scotland website, customers across the country now have a one-stop-shop where they can learn more about the free help available in their individual area, with links straight to the specific pages on each company’s website to make the registration process as simple as possible.Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution, SP Energy Networks (SPEN) and Scottish Water, have each been running their own Priority Services Registers (PSR) for several years, offering free support to customers during a power cut or an interruption to local water supplies.Customers are eligible to register if they: are deaf or hard of hearing, have a disability, live with children under five, are blind or partially sighted, have a chronic illness, are over 60, depend on electricity or water for home or medical care, or feel they may need additional support, even for a temporary period of time.The new service will make it easier than ever to raise awareness of the additional support available nationwide, encouraging sign-ups from customers who may be eligible but are not yet registered for priority services.SSEN Distribution owns and operates the electricity infrastructure north of the central belt and SPEN is responsible for the electricity network in central and southern Scotland, while Scottish Water manages the nation’s water and waste water services. To learn more about the free help and support that is available in your area and check if you are eligible, visit the new PSR Scotland website at PSRScotland.com ... See MoreSee Less
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There is still time to bid on these items 🤩Please spread the word and share the post.LAUNCHING AT 6PM SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2021EXCITING OPPORUNITY! We are holding an online auction to help raise vital funds for the service. Items range from framed pictures to boat trips to signed Danny MacAskill t-shirts! Follow the link below to have a browse and place a bid:www.jumblebee.co.uk/auction/detail/auction_id/5337/allow_bid/1 ... See MoreSee Less
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LAUNCHING AT 6PM SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2021EXCITING OPPORUNITY! We are holding an online auction to help raise vital funds for the service. Items range from framed pictures to boat trips to signed Danny MacAskill t-shirts! Follow the link below to have a browse and place a bid:www.jumblebee.co.uk/auction/detail/auction_id/5337/allow_bid/1 ... See MoreSee Less
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Here is an excellent opportunity for young carers in Skye & Lochalsh to learn a new skill in communication. Don't miss out as there are only 15 spaces available, book today!!We have a Makaton taster session with Hannah the Highland Makaton Tutor Online available for anyone aged 11-25 on Friday 29th January 1.30-3.30 on zoom!Please book with me as soon as possible. Only 15 spaces are available, so will be first come first served. Pm Roddy or this page for more information. Today over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech. Makaton has been shown to be useful for all sorts of people including those who struggle with understanding concepts, those who have poor literacy skills, including grammatical knowledge, and those with English as an Additional Language. By using Makaton, children and adults can take a more active part in life, because communication and language are the key to everything we do and learn ... See MoreSee Less
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