Community / Gift bags given to unpaid carers

Organisations involved in delivering gift bags to carers across the isles were Moira Bell of RVS, Kirsten Harcus form VAS Carers Support Service, as well as Ann Skwara and Nicola Stove, both British Red Cross.

NEARLY 270 gift bags have been provided to unpaid carers across the isles by Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS).

The organisation’s carers support service initially received £2,000 from the Corra Foundation to buy gift bags for young carers and parent carers of someone aged under 18 with additional support needs.

VAS was also able to buy more gift bags for all other carers registered with their service after securing money from the Scottish Government’s supporting communities fund.


Its own volunteers as well as helpers from the Royal Voluntary Service and British Red Cross helped to deliver the 269 packages.

VAS carers support worker Kirsten Harcus said: “We know things have been hard for carers with support networks reduced and many services suspended.

“We thought the gift bags would be something nice that would encourage carers to take a bit of time out for themselves at home.

“The gift bags contain a gift voucher from a range of local shops as well as some colouring and puzzle activities, some practical and pampering items.”

Gillian Bain, whose gift bag was recently delivered by RVS, said: “Thank you so much my for care package you kindly delivered to me, it was so lovely and much appreciated. It’s good to know others are thinking of you at this difficult time.’’

VAS executive officer Catherine Hughson added: “It is so important that we recognise and continue to support the unpaid carers in our community not only during this difficult challenging time but going forward into the future.”

The organisation’s carers service can be contacted on 01595 743 980, at carers@shetland.org or through www.shetlandcarers.org