VSA events for Carers

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A carer is someone, who without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. Carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.

VSA Carers’ Support are holding three writing workshops for carers in Stonehaven Library.

The workshops are open to all carers and they are welcome to come along to any or all of the workshops. No previous writing experience is needed, but rather the workshops will be a personal journey in words for each carer with the emphasis on self expression.

The workshop will be led Grainne Smith who is a local writer, with her own personal experience of caring. Gráinne has had several short stories and poems published in magazines and anthologies. Her play ‘Chanceshot’ was chosen for performance at Aberdeen Lemon Tree as part of a series of new plays; as a friend says ‘Always a story up her hand-knitted sleeve!’.  

Gráinne is also the author of two non-fiction books, all based on much reading and research, and real-life experience - her own experiences of eight years as single family carer for her daughter Jay when she was ill (now thankfully recovered) as well as those of other people. The workshops will be held at Stonehaven Library 10.0am-12.00pm Thursdays 1st, 15th and 29th March For more information please contact: Moira Hurry 01569 766714 Email moira.hurry@vsa.org.uk Also, the South Aberdeenshire Carers Forum is taking place on March 16 from 1-3pm at Dalvenie Gardens Resource Centre Banchory. Carers’ Forums allow VSA to raise awareness of carers’ needs with local organisations and professionals.