As National Carers Week draws to a close across Scotland people are reflecting on how they would cope if they had to join the one in eight people who have caring responsibilities.
At the Big Lottery Fund Scotland we are acutely aware of the impact caring can have, on individuals, families and communities. That’s why we have spent almost £20million in National Lottery Good Cause funds on 59 projects to support Scottish carers over the last seven years and it’s why we are committed to supporting carers in the future.
Over the last four days this blog has carried the stories of Natalie, Bobby, Paula, Steven and Ali. They are just a handful of the 650,000 unpaid carers in Scotland. Often these are people who would say they are simply being a good husband, neighbour, wife, or son; but without whom our society could not function.
Jackie Killeen Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director says, “At the Big Lottery Fund we know how vital the role of carers is in enabling people who need care to stay safe in their own homes for longer. We also understand that becoming a carer is not always a choice and that it can often leave people feeling isolated, lonely and vulnerable.
“Through our funding we want to make sure that we offer support to people and communities across Scotland facing the greatest need. Over the last seven years we have funded 59 different projects working with carers, young and old, with £19,189,261.
“One of the differences we want our funding to make is to give greater support to people so they can participate fully in their community and live a fulfilling life, and that underpins our to commitment and long term support for carers and caring projects.”
Through our Investing in Communities programme the Big Lottery Fund Scotland wants to continue supporting projects which focus on the people who care, young carers and those who are caring for the first time. To find out more go to www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland or if you have a question you can Ask BIG.