Through Respitality, hospitality, tourism & leisure businesses in Scotland are making a real difference to the lives of unpaid carers across Scotland by donating free breaks.
A short break from routine for an unpaid carer can take various forms; whether it is reconnecting with a hobby, going for a massage, enjoying an afternoon tea or taking an overnight stay. Whatever the break offered, this provides unpaid carers a chance to recharge, which is vital for their mental and physical wellbeing.
An unpaid carer can be of any age, and is classed as someone who cares for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Someone in receipt of Carers Allowance is still considered an unpaid carer.
Why should you donate to Respitality?
Through feedback from businesses who support us year on year, we know that a partnership with Respitality will reinforce your brand values and the warm welcome that Scotland is renowned for the world over. The process to donate is simple and easy, and breaks can be donated at a time that suits your business needs. As well as a great avanue for your business to connect with your local community, it is also great for staff morale, as they see first-hand the difference their support makes to unpaid carers and their families.
Donating to a project like Respitality helps your business to fulfil any Corporate Social Responsibility commitments you have, which can result in improved customer loyalty (as global research shows that consumers are willing to pay extra for products and services from companies committed to positive social impact).
Click here for our downloadable leaflet for businesses interested in donating.
What do our supporters think?
“I feel great being able to help. It’s not a big outlay, but such a big reward and one day we may be a carer, and one day we may need cared for.” (Hotel manager in Perthshire)
“I’ve proudly supported this innovative project from the beginning – it’s a simple and worthwhile way for the hospitality sector to give back to unpaid carers in Scotland.” (David Cochrane, Cheif Executive, Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland)
“We felt that by donating to Respitality – rather than gifting to a raffle or acution – we were not only helping a charity, but that the person or family who came to stay, was also benefitting. So it felt more like a direct contribution, and direct benefit.” (Owners of a self catering property in the Highlands)
Why not check out our Q&A with Homelands Trust in Fife, who donate self catering lodges to Respitality throughout the year? You can find our chat with them here
How to get in touch and offer a break
We would be delighted with any support you can provide to help make a carers day! You can donate to Respitality by completing our enquiry form at the bottom of this webpage where one of our team will contact you back to gather further details of your kind donation.
If you have any questions about Respitality, you can contact Kerry Donaghy, Respitality Scotland Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01383 622462.
Types of Respitality Breaks
Bingo & Dinner
- or any break you can think of!