In Scotland there are 788,000 unpaid carers which is 17% of the adult population – 29,000 are under 16 years old contributing £10.8 billion to the Scottish economy. 23% of unpaid carers provide 35+ hours of care per week resulting in many being unable to work or afford the little luxuries, time out and breaks away from the everyday.
Support carers to take a break
VOCAL has helped carers to take a break or experience such as; overnight stays, spa days, self-catering breaks, transport to and from breaks, caravan holidays, providing equipment for hobbies, theatre tickets, group events, day trips and much more through various grants, funding streams and the generosity of the hospitality, tourism and leisure sector gifting breaks in kind.
There are a number of benefits to our partners including;
- Identifying a new income stream and market sector
- Marketing, PR and Mystery Shopper opportunities
- Certificate of recognition/ partnership
- Meet company Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals and objectives
- Supporting your local community!
“Historic Environment Scotland support inclusive access to our sites and deliver programmes which use these special places in creative ways to support inclusive access, learning and wellbeing for diverse audiences. We recognise that carers may not have the time, means or opportunity to access our sites and feel that it is important that we work with VOCAL to overcome these barriers. Through working with VOCAL we ensure that Historic Environment Scotland are able to reach those who might otherwise not be able to visit our properties and engage a new audience with our sites. The partnership has been an extremely positive one and one which we are certainly keen to maintain and develop moving forward!”
“Rabbie’s Tours are always keen to support local charities, be they environmental, health or community focused. Rabbie’s mission statement is to ‘make the world a better place through travel’ and that is ingrained in how we do things. It’s great to support those who support others – often they’re the people who just get on with things and rarely ask for help. We understand they need help and your cause at VOCAL really touched us at a very human level.
As a team we enjoy being a part of something with great social value and have enjoyed doing our bit to support our local area and people. So the benefit has been in the sense of community and satisfaction of being able to contribute in a small way to those around us.”