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South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has praised carers across Dumfries and Galloway for the vital role they’re playing during the coronavirus pandemic

The SNP MSP was speaking after taking part in a virtual meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group for Carers where participants discussed the impact that COVID has been having on carers in Scotland. Afterwards, Ms McAlpine highlighted the challenges that carers faced and the need to make sure they were able to access the support that’s available to them.

Commenting, Ms McAlpine said,

“This week is Carers Week and the theme, ’Making Caring Visible’ gives us an opportunity to promote the amazing contribution that carers make while ensuring that they have access to the services and resources available to them.

“Throughout this pandemic our carers have been carrying out a vital role in our communities – lockdown has meant the elderly and vulnerable rely on others more than ever to provide for their most basic needs. Many carers help out without any kind or recognition or reward. Some have found themselves caring for others unexpectedly but do so without complaint because they know others would struggle without them. We thank each and every one of them for the important contribution they make.

“However, many people who are looking after others don’t see themselves as carers or know that there’s a wide range of information, support and other benefits out there that they can access. It’s important that we recognise this and do what we can to support them.

“Anyone who provides care for someone else because they’re elderly, disabled, have a long term illness or addiction can get support from the Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre, including access to free PPE. You can get in touch with them by calling 01387 248600 or visiting .”