Carers Week 2021 is about recognising and celebrating the wonderful work unpaid Carers do, day in and day out, looking after a family member, friend or neighbouor who could not manage without support.

Connecting Carers is the Carer Centre for Highland and provides support, guidance and information to unpaid Carers.  Our Advocacy and Counselling teams are available to give free help when Carers need to have their voices heard or when they need someone to listen. Our Carer Liaison Workers work with Carers to ensure that they have access to up-to-date information to help in their caring roles and, where possible, access to respite giving them a life outside their caring role.

WALK500 is about:
  • Raising awareness of unpaid Carers in Highland
  • Showing support and gratitude for unpaid carers in Highland
  • Having FUN
So why take part?
It's easy!   You can join any walk throughout the week, walk with a support group, walk with friends, family, your dog or set up a group walk of your own.

It's good for you!  Walking is proven to help with mood, gives you head-space (time to think), is a great workout and can reduce the risk of serious illness and diseases, can reduce blood pressure and can lower the risk of obesity (if done regularly).

It's a great way of giving back!  It doesn't cost anything and raises awareness of unpaid Carers in Highland who make a huge difference to the lives of those they care for.

On your own or with your friends?

You don't have to be part of an organised walk to take part in WALK500 - you can record the steps you take walking the dog, doing the shopping, picking the kids up from school.  You can log steps on a daily basis or at the end of the week - it doesn't matter.  What matters is taking part.

There are some walks happening around Highland but if there isn't one near you then why not get a group of friends together and go for a walk (with a picnic or cake) and add in all your steps. Every steps counts so please register and be part of WALK500 - raising awareness of Unpaid Carers in Highland during Carers Week 2021.