Supporting Unpaid Carers

Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Isles

Argyll and Bute

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Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership would like to hear your thoughts and opinions following a successful consultation about Respite and Short Breaks for Unpaid Carers. Unpaid Carers are invited to join a Focus Group by Microsoft Teams on the following dates: Wednesday 15 September, 6.30-8.00 pm and Tuesday 21 September, 9.30-10.30 am.

To register please contact




Emma Juster, a Clinical Psychologist in training at the University of Edinburgh is conducting research into the mental wellbeing of middle-aged and older Kinship Carers. She is looking for participants who are Kinship Carers aged 55 or older. The research will highlight the emotional pressures that come with being a Kinship Carer. It's an anonymous 30-minute online study answering a series of multiple-choice questions. You will be entered into a prize draw to win £25 Amazon vouchers for taking part. To participate, email to


Carer's Support


  • Do you look after a relative, partner or friend who needs support because of age, physical or learning disability or illness including mental ill health?
  • Who is a Carer? A carer is a family member, partner, relative or friend supporting someone who needs help to manage a long-term condition, disability, physical or mental health problem or addiction.


Dochas Carers' Centre is an independent charity. We help and support unpaid carers by providing information and guidance which can make life better. There are many carers who live many miles from services and access can prove difficult or impossible. We have dedicated Outreach Workers who provide support to carers throughout Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Isles. 


You can call in person, phone us, request a home visit or make an appointment to speak with one of our staff during the opening hours of the centre.

Young Carers


Young carers are children under the age of 18 (or 18 and still at school) with caring responsibilities.  Mid Argyll Youth Development Services offer support to young people throughout Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay. The services include training, youth clubs, drop-ins, cyber cafe, community cinema, trips and much more. For more information contact 01546 603 231.


Find support in other areas of Argyll & Bute

North Argyll

For adult carers and young carers in Oban, Appin, Dalmally, Kilmelford, Lismore, Kerrera, Luing and the islands of Coll, Tiree, Mull and Iona.

Phone 01631 564 422

Cowal & Bute

For adult carers and young carers living in Cowal and Bute area. Please contact Crossroads Cowal and Bute and Carers Centre.

Phone 01369 707 700

Helensburgh and Lomond

For adult carers and young carers living in Helensburgh and Lomond area. Please contact Helensburgh and Lomond Carers Centre.

Phone 01436 673 444