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Carers Friendly Health Service: NHS Highland, Connecting Carers and High-Life Highlands

01 June 2016

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“As a carer, I am rarely asked: ‘How are you?’ and the focus can remain on the person we are caring for. This scheme seeks to give carers a short break from the pressures of caring to focus on themselves.”

Karen Anderson, full-time carer and Carer Voice Co-ordinator for the Carer Improvement Group

How are NHS Highland, Connecting Carers and High-Life Highland working together to support carers?

NHS Highland joined forces with local carers support centre Connecting Carers and health and wellbeing charity High-Life Highland to offer local carers access to High-Life Highland community and leisure facilities in the north of Scotland for just 50p a time.

“I think this has huge potential to really make a difference to the lives of unpaid carers in the north of Scotland. The link between physical wellbeing and mental health is well known, and this project will enable people to exercise and maintain their health.”

Kate Maclean, Community Development Officer, NHS Highland


Why is this support needed?

Caring can have a serious impact on a family’s finances and an individual’s health and wellbeing. Almost half of full-time carers in Scotland are struggling to make ends meet, with many falling in to debt and struggling to afford to pay household bills.  What’s more, two-thirds of full-time carers in Scotland have reduced the amount of exercise they take as a result of their caring role, with significant numbers of carers experiencing worse physical and mental health.

The initiative addresses these key issues for carers in the north of Scotland by giving them much-needed respite and access to leisure facilities where they can go to exercise and socialise, without having to worry about the often high costs of gym memberships.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this initiative in partnership with NHS Highland and Connecting Carers. Carers across the Highlands provide a dedicated service and we are delighted to be able to provide this scheme to help them maintain their own levels of health and wellbeing as well as enjoying time to focus on themselves.”

Ian Murray, Chief Executive, High-Life Highland


“Anyone can become a carer at any time and it’s crucial that people know how to access community groups and projects that can help them. Aside from the physical benefits of gaining access to High-Life Highland facilities, there are a number of mental health benefits. Being able to have time for yourself is so important for all of us, and even more so when you’re a full-time carer.”

Karen Anderson,full-time carer and Carer Voice Co-ordinator for the Carer Improvement Group (reference group for NHS Highland’s Carers’ Strategy 2014-17)

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