Making the Respitality Film
Respitality – The Film
We’ve been wanting to make a film to promote Respitality for ages. The main audience would be hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, leisure facilities – all businesses who may be interested in finding out about the project and offering gifts. We felt that people would be more inclined to join the project if they actually realised the benefit that their gifts make. We worked with Media Education to set out our story and key messages and then embarked on a 3 day tour of Scotland to do the filming. This meant we could showcase some of our wonderful Respitality partners as well as hearing carers’ stories.
Day 1. Our tour started at New Lanark World Heritage Site. We invited some Lanarkshire carers who have benefitted from Respitality breaks to have lunch and share their experiences. It was a very cheerful and noisy lunch but we did do a lot of work and Aonghus and Aine from Media Education did lots of filming. Thanks to everyone at New Lanark who made us so welcome. It was a really special day.
The next day we headed to Pitlochry to see Chris Gardner and Hunter Mackay from The BEN. There, we filmed the beautiful bungalow they have made available to Respitality and heard why they have joined Respitality and why they support it. The bungalow is one of 18, set in a small estate in Pitlochry which is managed by The BEN. It’s about a 10 minute walk into the town. The bungalow is proving to be a very popular Respitality destination and the beautiful sunshine really showed the bungalow to best effect.
From Pitlochry, we headed down to Falkirk. Falkirk Community Trust have supported Respitality and many carers from Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre. We were able to thank them and hear why they feel Respitality is such a good idea. Lesley O’Hare, Culture and Libraries Manager was presented with their Respitality certificate by Sharon Campbell from Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre.
Our final film location was St Andrews; home of our St Andrews Respitality Festival, thanks to Stayinstandrews. In March 2016, 6 hotels and guest houses in St Andrews each kindly gave 2 nights accommodation. Carers together with a companion (or by themselves) came and enjoyed a couple of days of stunning sunshine and hospitality. It was a huge success and we hope that it goes from strength to strength in future years. To hear more about Respitality, please look out for the film…….coming soon!