Hostelling Scotland is proud to have developed a partnership with Respitality, which donates breaks to unpaid carers across Scotland. (The name comes from a combination of 'Respite' and 'Hospitality' = Respitality.)
Respitality is a national initiative co-ordinated by Shared Care Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government. It connects local carers' organisations with the hospitality sector so that unpaid carers can be provided with much deserved breaks. Through Respitality, Hostelling Scotland is able to support unpaid carers from local communities where our youth hostels are based and beyond.
In 2017 Hostelling Scotland donated two pilot overnight Respitality breaks in newly-refurbished Aberdeen Youth Hostel. The breaks were taken up by carers supported by Angus Carers Centre and were a great success with fantastic feedback. One of the carers said: “Thank you for our night we spent in November, just what I needed. Our room was fantastic and really felt relaxed and at home…”
Another carer gave her feedback in this video created by Angus Carers. If you fast forward to 6.32 in this video you’ll see the interview with Krissy and her feedback about her stay with us.
For the Year of Young People in 2018, Hostelling Scotland expanded their support of Respitality to include overnight breaks and group trips for young carers. We supported ten overnight Respitality breaks in total, enabling both adult and young adult carers to have a brief holiday from their caring roles or from their normal caring routine. Stays were at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Pitlochry and Glen Nevis Youth Hostels.
In addition, Hostelling Scotland offered three funded and catered breaks to groups of young carers from East Ayrshire, Argyll & Bute, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. Stays were in our Oban and Aberdeen Youth Hostels. The trips gave them the opportunity to relax, have fun and take a break from their caring routine.
In 2019 Hostelling Scotland have again donated ten overnight Respitality breaks across Scotland - in Aberdeen, Lochranza, Crianlarich, Pitlochry, Glen Nevis, Edinburgh and Stirling Youth Hostels.
We’ve also donated group trips, with young carers from East Ayrshire travelling to Newton Stewart Youth Hostel for a group break in the summer.
To find out more about Respitality and how to apply for a break click here.