Carers Trust Scotland 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.​

Carers Trust Scotland's vision is that unpaid carers are heard and valued as well as freely having access to support, advice and resources to enable carers to live fulfilled lives.

We reach around 66,000 adult carers and young carers from all groups and communities, through a unique network of local carer organisations throughout Scotland. We are positioned centrally to support local carer organisations to deliver localised action, whilst also influencing the environment for unpaid carers.

About carers in Scotland

There are an estimated 800,000 unpaid carers in Scotland; this includes 30,000 young carers under the age of 18. The value of unpaid care provided by carers in Scotland is £12.8 billion per year.

Three out of five of us will become carers at some stage in our lives, and 1 in 10 of us is already fulfilling some sort of caring role. 

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Policy and Strategic Influencing

Carers Trust Scotland works to make significant differences to unpaid carers and local carer organisations through our policy and campaigning work.

More about policy and strategic influencing in Scotland

Research: the experience of carers in Scotland

We carry out research to understand the unique experiences that all unpaid carers and young carers have, in their caring role and in accessing support, so we can work to improve this.

Read about our research in Scotland

Young carer and young adult carer work

We work to increase awareness and improve support for young carers and young adult carers, through training programmes, policy development, and annual events.

Read more about young carer and young adult carer work in Scotland

College and university work

We provide a range of information, tools and resources to support the estimated 30,000+ students who have caring responsibilities. These resources can be used by college or university staff and students.

Read more about our college and university work in Scotland

Network Partners in Scotland

We partner with local care organisations, collaborating to ensure unpaid carers receive access to high-quality services and support. Our current network partners cover more than 70% of local authorities in Scotland.

More about our Network Partners in Scotland


Looking for education resources?

Check out our Digital Education Hub for all staff in Scotland working with young carers in schools. 

Digital Education Hub

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With your help, we can make a real difference to the lives of unpaid carers in Scotland. Whether you're looking for your organisation's next corporate partnership, or you're hoping to organise or take part in a fundraising event, find ways to support our work.

Learn about fundraising for Carers Trust Scotland

Meet the Team

Becky Duff - Director for Scotland

Paul Traynor - Head of External Affairs  (Scotland) 

Beth Friel - Research and Influencing Officer

Karen Maloney - Office Manager (Scotland) 

Nicola Bell - Programme Lead (Scotland)

Kelly Munro - Education Officer (Primary & Secondary) (Scotland)

Lorna Gibson - Young Carers Network Co-ordinator (Scotland)

Karen Martin - Mental Health Development Coordinator (Scotland)

Contact us
0300 772 7701

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