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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KEVIN THE CARROT HAS LANDED!With kind permission from Aldi, Kevin the Carrot will be landing in Portree on Saturday 25th September! Come and grab one while you can from our stall at the Autumn Fling! He may have picked up some squeaky friends along the way!Numbers are limited so be quick! ... See MoreSee Less
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TrusteesWe are seeking additional trustees to work with the Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers’ organisation. Above all, we are looking for Trustees who are passionate about our aims and who will work with colleagues to deliver agreed goals.The Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers service is governed by the Skye and Lochalsh Community Care Forum SCIO. The governing body of the Forum is a group of up to fifteen trustees who contribute on a voluntary basis and form the Management Committee.Trustees use their specific knowledge, skills and experience to help reach sound decisions and to provide advice and guidance. All trustees attend the regular cycle of meetings, six Management Committee meetings a year, and the AGM. Beyond that, trustees can play different roles within the Forum. Some have an administrative or governance role, such as the Treasurer or Company Secretary. Others contribute specialist knowledge, such as education, child welfare and child protection, and several trustees also volunteer to support activities within the service, which include group sessions with young carers, respite trips and fundraising events.We are currently looking for additional trustees who are interested in playing a proactive role in supporting the service who have a few hours a week to spare. Previous board or committee experience is useful but applications from first time Trustees will be welcomed and supported. You are not required to have any specific qualifications for this role, but we would particularly welcome people with experience of and interest in community fundraising, to support and develop our annual calendar of local fundraising events.The Young Carers service provides the opportunity to engage in very rewarding work in a friendly, inclusive, creative and collaborative culture.If you are interested in finding out more you can contact Gill Adams, Chairperson via email gill.youngcarers@gmail.com ... See MoreSee Less
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It's hard to believe 7 weeks have passed and schools return tomorrow! Our Young Carers have enjoyed a range of respite trips this summer. From puppet making to pizza making to sound recording to bowling to fishing and more! We have had lots of fun and laughter along the way. The best part......getting to enjoy these trips together again! ... See MoreSee Less
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Please come along and see the fantastic selection of crafts available this weekend. ... See MoreSee Less
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