A range of information, signposting and support service for unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian.
Run by carers for carers, VOCAL supports and empowers unpaid carers in Edinburgh through individual support, information, training and access to a host of helpful services. It works in partnership with a wide range of other organisations.
Support is provided from its Carers’ Hub on Leith Walk in Edinburgh, its Carers’ Centre in Dalkeith, Midlothian, and through staff based in local communities.
The support teams work one-to-one with carers to draw up a plan for tailored support, often involving help from other services and agencies. Carers can access benefits and legal advice, mental health and counselling services, peer support, respite breaks and as well as social, leisure and training events.
In addition, its Carer Assistance Fund provides grants to carers experiencing financial difficulties.