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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The Remote and Rural Festival of Learning Supporting the Development of the National Centre for Remote and Rural Health and Social care Here is a list of events being held as part of the The Remote and Rural Festival of Learning - Supporting the Development of the National Centre for Remote and Rural Health and Social Care, here on the Isle of Skye in September 2022. This is a list of the events and workshops which are open to Community, third sector, unpaid carers, and some the wider public! There are plenty of courses and workshops to get involved with. Please share this email / link with colleagues, team members, community groups, charities, unpaid carers or anyone else who you think may be interested and encourage people to browse and book 🙂 Booking closes 2nd of Sep 22!LINK - Community focused events and workshops -Festival of Learning Community Focused events and workshops (healthandwellnessskye.com) ... See MoreSee Less
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Some pictures from a fun filled summer with Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers. This year we had the pleasure of providing a range of exciting activities and excursions for our Young Carers including trips to Kyle swimming pool, the Aquadome, film day VC and the Glass bottom boat as well as a fishing trip from Kyleakin, a barbeque on Staffin Beach and of course our annual water fight! Wishing you all the best as you start back to another busy school term 😁 ... See MoreSee Less
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Come and see us at the agricultural show today. Tombola, toys and merchandise ... See MoreSee Less
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Available to buy as a digital download from Bandcamp or iTunes or as a CD from us directly.9 track album ... See MoreSee Less
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🎉Skye's biggest New Release! 💿🎉At 4pm today Radio Skye will be broadcasting 'Sounding Stuff Out' Radio Show made by the brilliant young people at Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers who have been working with composer Richy Carey to create an album which will raise money for all the fantastic work the charity does here in our local community. It is an amazing accomplishment and so much fun to listen too so make sure you tune in to find out more about it!The album is released today on Bandcamp and available as a CD through SLYC. soundingstuffout.bandcamp.com/album/sounding-stuff-out ... See MoreSee Less
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