History of Respitality
Respitality Scotland (respite + hospitality) connects local organisations that support unpaid carers with hospitality providers such as hotels, guest houses, self-catering, B&Bs, leisure clubs, restaurants, beauty salons, coffee shops, visitor attractions, bingo, bowling, fishing, golf etc. The idea began in the USA where it is now well established. In the state of New Hampshire, their Respitality programme has delivered over 4,000 breaks to carers.
The idea is that hotels, for example, become Respitality Partners by making a ‘gift’ of a short break. This enables a Carer plus companion to have a break away from their caring responsibilities to recharge their batteries and have a little time for themselves.
These ‘gifts’ are offered at times to suit the gift providers.
Respitality allows businesses to help their local communities by recognising and appreciating the contribution of unpaid Carers. In return, through promotional material such as certificates, thank-you cards, events, media interest and campaigns, Respitality Partners receive increased awareness of their business and their community involvement. The role of Carers is further promoted too.
Respitality in Scotland
A pilot project started in Fife Carers Centre in 2014. This was set up with help from HIT Scotland, Fife Cottages, The Fairmont Hotel, Rufflets Country House Hotel and Ring Caravans. The success of this project paved the way for Respitality to be continued in Fife and introduced in Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Falkirk and Midlothian in 2015. 2016 sees Respitality continuing its progress thoughout Scotland with Carers Centres in Perth & Kinross, Dundee, Angus and Edinburgh joining. The plan will be to introduce Respitality throughout Scotland thereafter.