Royal visit to East Lothian carers’ charity

HRH The Princess Royal will meet with carers, volunteers, members of staff and funders when she visits The Princess Royal Trust East Lothian Carers Centre on Thursday 10 February.

The centre moved to its new premises on High Street, Musselburgh in May last year and the visit of The Princess Royal, who is President of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (The Trust), will highlight the wide range of services on offer to East Lothian’s carers and the necessity of their continuation.

The Princess Royal will arrive at the new Carers’ Centre where she will meet with Florence Burke, Director for Scotland of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Carers of East Lothian Chair Margaret McKay, and Manager Tony Segall.

Mrs McKay will introduce The Princess Royal to the centre’s staff and some of the carers for whom the service provides vital help, support and encouragement.

Carers of East Lothian delivers quality services to more than 1,000 carers in the East Lothian area. The services for carers include providing information on all aspects of caring, help to understand how social care systems work, support to access respite and short break, a confidential “listening ear”, help with the benefits system, outreach services and the chance to meet others in a similar position.

Other important elements of the centre’s work include carer training and giving carers a voice in how local services are planned.

The centre works in partnership with East Lothian Council, NHS Lothian and various charitable trusts to deliver services that meet the needs of carers, many of whom live in remote areas and have limited access to mainstream services.

To commemorate the visit, The Princess Royal will unveil a plaque and will be presented with flowers by Eilish, 6, who is the centre manager’s daughter.

Centre manager Tony Segall said: "Our new Carers’ Centre gives us so much more space than the old one, allowing us to help many more carers individually and host more support groups and training courses.

“In addition, we are pleased to be able to offer a local base for Alzheimer Scotland and Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living, and we look forward to other partner organisations using the centre in the near future.”

For further information, please contact Emma Baird, Press and PR Manager, on 0141 285 7938/07791 230261 or email: ebaird@carers.org