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29 January 2001


A unique Community Care Project in the Scottish Highlands has been awarded 25,000 from healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline as part of their IMPACT Awards Scheme for 2001.

The Highland Carers Project adopted a highly innovative approach to overcoming the difficulties faced by individual care workers in the Scottish Highlands. 23,000 “informal” carers are involved in looking after a family member, friend or neighbour, but many live in remote areas across the vast Highland Region and find themselves isolated from much needed services, advice and support.

The Carers Project has established a Carers Network, which puts individual carers from across the Region in touch with one another, provided them with advice and support and enabled them to have a voice and influence community policy development.
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The Highland Carers Project is part of the Highland Community Care Forum based in Inverness, Scotland, who work with users of community care services and their carers to enable them to influence the services which affect their lives.

“Carers frequently say that information is a big problem and often they find things out by chance. The Carers Project helps overcome this problem by providing advice and information to carers and those working with them through a telephone helpline and a special information pack” said Ms Sheena Munro, Executive Director for the Highland Community Care Forum. “The GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award couldn’t have come at a better time, it has given us the financial security to develop our work with Young Carers, organise locally run training courses and provide extra support through mentoring and the helpline.”

Working in partnership with the King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, the GlaxoSmithKline Community Health Impact Awards are designed to recognise and promote the work of voluntary organisations in the demanding area of community healthcare. In this, the fourth year of the programme, 10 Awards of #25,000 each have been made to small and medium sized registered charities in the UK.

Margaret Bailey, Manager of GlaxoSmithKline’s European Community Partnership Programme said: “We are delighted to support the outstanding work undertaken by these community-based UK healthcare charities. The Carers Project has successfully developed and maintained a network of carers in a challenging environment as well as providing a service to new carers. GlaxoSmithKline applauds their dedication, focus, and commitment to helping others.”
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GlaxoSmithKline is dedicated to delivering innovative medicines and products that help millions of people around the world. The Company is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For company information visit GlaxoSmithKline on the World Wide Web at http://www.gsk.com


Issued by Prowse & Company Ltd on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline

For further information contact:
Sue Wilkins or Peter Colegate, Prowse & Co, 01372 363386
Ms Sheena Munro at the Highland Community Care Forum, 01463 718817

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