Show you care by taking up challenge

Staff members at Carers organisation VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) who are asking people to show their support for the vital work of unpaid carers during national Carers Week (June 12 to 18)
Staff members at Carers organisation VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) who are asking people to show their support for the vital work of unpaid carers during national Carers Week (June 12 to 18)

Midlothian residents are being asked to support their local carers by taking on a personal challenge for just seven days.

It’s in support of national Carers’ Week next weekLocal carer organisation VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) is asking the people of Midlothian to show their support for the vital work of unpaid carers by taking up a seven-day sponsored personal challenge during next week’s national Carers’ Week.

The Carers’ Week Challenge can be big or small – from reaching your daily steps goal, to eating your five-a-day, walking to work, taking up a new hobby, or singing in the shower every morning.

It’s your choice and the possibilities are endless – it could be something you’ve been thinking of for a while and just needed some extra motivation to achieve!

This is a sponsored event, however, there is no minimum sponsorship required.

All proceeds will go directly to VOCAL carer support services which include counselling, individual and peer support, welfare advice and short breaks for unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

VOCAL fundraising officer Francesca Greaves is taking part and has pledged to give up her much-loved chocolate: “I am looking forward to raising awareness of unpaid carers by taking on my week-long challenge.

“I have a big sweet tooth so this will be a tough seven days!”

She explained: “We are inviting the public to join us by taking on their own personal challenge during Carers Week to raise awareness and vital funds for VOCAL carer support services.”

It is estimated that in Scotland around 788,000 people are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour in Scotland, many unaware of the support available to them or don’t see themselves as a ‘carer’.

As a result, they are missing out on services and support which they are entitled to, which can have an impact on their own physical, mental and financial wellbeing.

Carers Week aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

To take part in VOCAL’s Carers’ Week Challenge and make a change for carers, you can register online at: www.vocal.org.uk/carersweek2017 or contact Francesca Greaves at fundraising@vocal.org.uk or 0131 622 6666.