Unpaid carers get qualification opportunity

Aberdeenshire Council are offering unpaid carers the chance to gain a qualification in caring.

There are currently 16 places available on SVQ Level 2 in Social Services and Healthcare course and Aberdeenshire Council are inviting applications from people who care for a relative, friend, or neighbour.

This course is specifically designed for people who support and assist individuals with their physical or emotional care, daily living needs or maintaining their independence.

Chair of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee Jim Gifford commented: “Recognising and supporting the thousands of unpaid carers who care for and look after their friends and relatives has been and remains a high priority for Aberdeenshire Council. Offering a qualification in care is just one of the many ways we are helping them.”

There are no formal classes to attend, the course is flexible and will only take one or two hours a week. Those on the course will have the support of a SVQ Assessor to help and guide you through the qualification. There is also the chance to meet and share experiences with other carers and benefit from that support.

Chair of the Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee Karen Clark said: “As well as providing training to our own care staff it is important that unpaid carers also have the opportunity to get the best possible support and advice. Achieving an SVQ may help increase their confidence reduce stress and give them a sense of achievement.”

Anyone who is interested and would like more information or to apply to be on the course should contact Sandra Baxter, Vocational Assessor (SVQ) on 01466 794 272 or email Sandra.baxter@aberdeenshire.gov.uk