Midlothian carers put pen to paper

A booklet - written by people living in Midlothian who are caring for a relative or friend with dementia – is to be launched during National Carers’ Week.

Supporting someone with dementia can be a difficult journey and the new book aims to shares tips and hints on how to look after someone with the illness.

The information was written by unpaid carers from across Midlothian who wanted to share their own experiences to help others.

The booklet is to be launched on Wednesday (June 11) at Vocal Carers Centre, Hardengreen.

There will also be the chance for the public to look around the new carers centre and take part in different activities throughout the day such as carer information sessions, arts, crafts table and aromatherapy.

It is estimated that in Scotland unpaid carers provide £10.3 billion pounds worth of care each year and in Midlothian there are an estimated 14,000 carers who contribute £171 million per year.

Midlothian Council’s Carers Champion, Councillor Jim Bryant, said: “This booklet is a great initiative and we were delighted to work with Alzheimer Scotland on the project.

“The unpaid carers who wrote these tips were able to share their own experiences in the hope that others could have an easier journey.

“National Carers Week is the ideal place for its launch, and I’d urge all carers supporting someone with this illness to get themselves a copy of this concise and informative booklet.”

There are a number of activities going on for National Carers Week in Midlothian. To obtain a copy of this booklet contact Alzheimer Scotland on 0808 808 3000