August 2017

Have Your Say on the Carers Charter

This is your opportunity to shape the future for carers in Scotland. 

The Carers Act 2016 will come into force on 1 April 2018. The Charter is intended to ensure first and foremost that carers are aware of their rights as carers. This consultation covers the rights in or under the Act. There will be scope in the future to produce an updated version covering carers rights under other legislation.

The Act extends and enhances the rights of carers in Scotland to help improve their health and well-being, so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, and have a life alongside caring.

As required by section 36 of the Act the Scottish Government has prepared this Carers’ Charter, setting out the rights of carers in the Act.

The Act also requires local authorities to have a local information and advice service for carers. These services must provide information and advice about a number of things relevant to carers, including the carers’ rights set out in the Carers’ charter.

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 Draft Regulations

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 will come into force on 1st April 2018. The intention of the Act is to ensure that unpaid carers are supported on a more consistent basis so that that can continue to care, if they so wish, in good health and to have a life alongside caring.

Before this happens the Government is seeking stakeholders views on the Act's draft regulations to ensure that they are appropriate, fit for purpose and avoid any potential unintended consequences.

We would like to invite your views on each of the draft regulations and you can view them here: draft-regulations-under-the-carers-act-2016

This consultation process closed on 24 September 2017.

Self-Directed Support and Dementia: Making the Law Work for You.

A FREE half-day event for people with dementia, unpaid carers and the third sector.

Monday 13 November 2017, 12.30pm-3.30pm
Smithton Church, Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness IV2 7YU

For more information on how to book your place clilck on the link below.


Review of the Year and Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

We are delighted to invite carers, professionals and those interested in the work of Connecting Carers to join us at the Highland Archive Centre for a review of our activities over the past 12 months.
The review will look at the challenges faced by Connecting Carers, Highland Carers Advocacy and Connecting Young Carers and explore the impact of the care agenda and increasing numbers of unpaid carers in Highland.  We will also be sharing highlights and successes of the past year.

An event for Mental Health Carers

5th September 2017 in Dingwall

Carers Trust Scotland and Scottish Patient Safety Programme are holding an event for mental health carers, service users and staff.

To promote improved carer involvement, promote safer mental health services, and support recovery we want mental health carers, carer support staff and health and social care staff to come together for a lively discussion around improving communication, sharing of information and partnership working.


Meet Jeane Freeman MSP, Equality Minister

You are invited to an Inclusion Scotland event for disabled people, carers and allies in the Highlands. This is an opportunity to thoughts, issues and priorities with Jeane Freeman MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Equality, on how the Scottish Government’s human rights delivery plan for disabled people could deliver for disabled people in our region.

Thursday: 17 August 2017, Inclusion Scotland meeting with Jeane Freeman MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Equality, Merkinch Community Centre, Inverness.

To book your place and discuss any access, transport and dietary requirements please call John on 07442 278287 or email:

Forthcoming Events August to December 2017

We have some fantastic free events, activities and training courses for unpaid carers in the next few months.

You can find out more about all ourr events on our Eventbrite site and book your tickets there as well.  If you have any questions about any of the events please call 01463 723561 or email

We look forward to seeing you at an event soon.