How It Works & Current Respitality Locations
Respitality (Respite + Hospitality) originated in the USA and provides a unique way for Carers Centres and the Scottish Hospitality sector to work together to provide short breaks to unpaid carers.
The way it works is that the hospitality sector gift short breaks. These can be overnight stays, dinner reservations, spa days, beauty treatments – whatever gift the business chooses to donate. The breaks can be made available during quieter periods, when it suits the business. These gifts can be made in various ways:
1. Click on the “Make a Gift” button on this website.
2. Give directly to the Carers Centres involved in the project. Please see the list below.
3. By emailing email@example.com or phoning 01383 622462.
Respitality is currently available in 14 different local authority areas across Scotland. Carers can only access Respitality through their local carers centre and this will depend on whether they are listed below. However, if your area is not currently listed then we are gradually expanding coverage.
Businesses wishing to donate a break can do so whether their local authority area delivers Respitality or not.
Angus Carers Centre was originally Angus Carers Association; formed by Carers to help and support all Carers. It provides advice and a range of services to Carers who live in Angus and the surrounding area. Respitality is a new service for Angus Carers Centre. See their website for more information and how to get in touch.
Care 4 Carers
Established in 1989, Care 4 Carers is a voluntary organisation that provides information and support to full time, unpaid carers in Edinburgh. Follow the link below to find out more.
Dumfries & Galloway Carers Centre
Dumfries & Galloway, Carers Centre support Carers in all areas of Dumfries and Galloway. They will be pleased to tell you about their services. You can get more information by contacting them by phone 01387 248600 or visiting their web site.
Dundee Carers Centre is located in the city centre, providing easy access for Carers and the wider community. They provide a range of information and support services, as well as Respitality. The Carers Centre can be contacted on 01382 200422.
East Ayrshire Carers Centre
East Ayrshire Carers Centre provides information, advice and support to carers aged 5-95 living in all areas of East Ayrshire. For further information contact us on 01563 571533 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh Young Carers Project (EYCP)
Edinburgh Young Carers Project started in 1994. It now provides support to young carers aged between 5 and 20 throughout Edinburgh by making a positive difference to their lives. For more information about the wide range of services available, please contact 0131 475 2322.
Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre
Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre support Carers in all areas of Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. They will be pleased to tell you about their services. If you live around Falkirk, you can get more information by phoning 01324 611510. Carers in Clackmannanshire should phone 01259 226839.
Fife Carers Centre
Fife Carers Centre was the first Carers Centre in Scotland to join Respitality. Find out more by contacting the Carers Centre directly: 01592 205472.
Lanarkshire Carers Centre
Lanarkshire Carers Centre helps Carers in both North and South Lanarkshire. They can be contacted either by emailing Helen McAllister email@example.com or contact the Carers Centre, 01698 428090.
North Argyll Carers Centre
North Argyll Carers Centre provides a needs led service offering information & support to carers throughout North Argyll & the Isles. We are pleased to be piloting a 3 month trial of the Respitality service from January 2018. Contact Mairi Fleck for more information: 01631 564422 / 07795434499 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PKAVS, Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Services, is the leading charity in the area working to enhance lives and link communities. It has several hubs; Minority Communities, Mental Health, Third Sector and Volunteering, Shopmobility and a Carers Hub. To find out more about Respitality, please phone the Carers Hub on 01738 567076. Or, have a look at their web sites.
Voluntary Action Shetland
VAS are the Third Sector Interface in Shetland and have been supporting Carers for over 10 years. They currently run a virtual Care Centre at www.shetlandcarers.org and have recently signed up to Respitality. The contact is Kirsten Harcus on 01595 743980 or at email@example.com
VOCAL has arranged Respitality breaks for Carers in Midlothian since 2015, extending its Respitality project to include Edinburgh in 2016. This means that Carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian will benefit from Respitality gifts. The contact at VOCAL is Hayley Burton: firstname.lastname@example.org.