Charity risk barometer
Our Charity Risk Barometer 2019 uncovers key challenges facing charities, helps you capitalise on opportunities and reap major rewards.
VOCAL supports and empowers over 9,000 unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian. They work individually with carers to identify the issues affecting them and to establish a plan of support, information, training and access to services.
This year marks 25 years since VOCAL began supporting carers. It’s a big year for them, full of celebrations, but it’s also a time to look at ways of meeting the growing demands on their services. In 2019 they are hoping to raise £50,000 to keep carers healthy and connected. Their chosen projects include: counselling; peer support; a minibus to facilitate respite breaks and to connect carers in rural areas to their centres, plus a carer access fund – to help carers access their services by paying for taxi costs or sitter services for the person being cared for.
The £1000 donation from Ecclesiastical will go towards vital counselling – paying for 50 carers to receive a counselling session. Carers often feel that they can’t talk to their family and friends about their caring situation and as a result can become isolated. Talking to someone outside of the situation can be extremely helpful and reassuring. Francesca Greaves, Partnership Development Officer for VOCAL said: ‘Your support will make a real difference to the carers who use our counselling service.’