Network Partners in Scotland

Carers Trust network of local carer organisations in Scotland

Carers Trust works to transform the lives of unpaid carers. We partner with our network of local carer organisations to provide funding and support, deliver innovative and evidence-based programmes, raise awareness and influence policy. We are positioned centrally to support local carer organisations to deliver localised action, whilst influencing the environment for unpaid carers UK-wide.

Our network of local carer organisations currently sits at 130 across England, Scotland and Wales, and continues to grow. Currently 24 local carer organisations in Scotland are part of our network, covering 70% of Scotland’s local authorities and actively supporting over 32,000 unpaid carers, with over 44,000 unpaid carers registered with our network of local carer organisations in Scotland.  

Our collaboration and dual impact seeks to ensure unpaid carers have access to high quality services that enable them to enjoy a fulfilling life alongside their caring relationship(s) and that their current and emergent needs are met.

Carers Trust along with our network of local carer organisations in Scotland contribute to, influence and shape local and national priorities for unpaid carers. We collectively generate and articulate an evidence base for policy asks to improve the lives of unpaid carers across Scotland as well as supporting the ongoing sustainability of local carer organisations. By working together, unpaid carers have a more prominent national voice. 

In financial year 2021-22 Carers Trust distributed a series of grants totalling over £305,000 to help support outcomes for unpaid carers and the sustainability of services delivered by our network of local carer organisations. We also provide a range of other benefits to our network of local carer organisations as part of their membership of Carers Trust, supporting their capacity and the dual impact we make to unpaid carers across Scotland.

Joining our network of local carer organisations in Scotland and its benefits?

For a reasonable fee local carer organisations can access the exclusive benefits of being part of the Carers Trust network in Scotland. From access to our grants and programmes to dedicated and responsive sustainability support; to tailored network information and sector-related intelligence and insights such as our annual conference, e-bulletin, Knowledge Hub; and collaboration on policy and influencing work. 

“Being a Carers Trust Network Partner has allowed me to build relationships with other managers in the network, who I know I can turn to if I need their help.   This is so important when you are the manager of a small organisation to prevent you feeling isolated.  This also allows us to feel confident in sharing our experiences and examples of good practice, as we are all facing similar challenges.  We have also benefited hugely from the funding provided by the Trust for projects, such as developing our young adult carers support, and grants for individual carers, which have been very popular and well received.   Our young carers also get a lot out of the annual Young Carers Festival, as it allows them to have a fun break and feedback their needs to decision-makers” 
Agnes McMillan, Manager of Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

If you would like to know more about our network of local carer organisations or how your local carer organisation can join our network, please read this leaflet or contact our Network Development Team at 

Who are our Network Partners in Scotland?