Quarriers open Carers Service

Jessi Blum, Joanna McPherson, Gillian Martin, MSP for Aberdeenshire East and  Alice Drife
Jessi Blum, Joanna McPherson, Gillian Martin, MSP for Aberdeenshire East and Alice Drife

One of Scotland’s largest social care charities held a grand opening with a difference to launch its new Aberdeenshire Carers Support Service.

The Quarriers fun day included martial arts performances and Chinese lion dancing.

Guests were welcomed at the service’s main hub in Inverurie where they enjoyed a programme of festivities and learned about the new service which offers coordinated support to unpaid Carers of all ages across the region.

Guests were given an insight into the stories of Carers which were told through specially created art and photographic displays.

Over 20,000 people in Aberdeenshire provide vital support to other family members and friends who may be affected by disability, physical and mental health issues, frailty, substance misuse or another long term illness.

The new service’s role is to ensure Carers get appropriate information and support at the right time so they feel able to continue caring while also having time to focus on their own needs.

Joanna McPherson, Service Coordinator at Quarriers, said: “It’s nice we can hold this kind of event for the community and people we support.

“We want to spread the word of what we’re doing at the service and would recommend Carers of any age from across Aberdeenshire to get in touch. We’d also extend our call to anyone who knows a Carer in need of support to encourage them to access the service.

“We use our initial conversations to discuss each person’s individual situation and work out what kind, and level, of help will make a difference.”