First launched in Fife in 2014, Respitality is a wonderful concept that is based on a need that is evident in many communities – that everyone needs a break now and again. A combination of respite and hospitality, over the past few years the programme has been successfully connecting the hospitality sector with local organisations that support unpaid carers in order to provide short breaks ranging from nights away, spa days and afternoon teas. The popularity of Respitality has seen the programme expand to cover 9 regions in Scotland, including Perth and Kinross which is pioneered by PKAVS Carers Hub.
We at Dunkeld House Hotel are delighted to announce that we are taking part in the project and are gifting unpaid carers the chance to relax in our newly renovated Health Club so that more people can have a chance to check-out from the daily grind and check-in to some ‘me time’.
Marthe, Respite Development Officer, commented, “PKAVS Carers Hub is delighted to welcome Dunkeld House Hotel to the Respitality Family! I was very fortunate to be offered the opportunity to present on PKAVS Carers Hub work with unpaid carers in Perth & Kinross at a Birnam and Dunkeld Tourism Assosication meeting held at Dunkeld House Hotel in April. Since then I have been overwhelmed with how well the local businesses have embraced the Respitality concept and came on board. Carers UK surveyed 648 unpaid Carers in Scotland recently and 22% said they had not had one day away from caring in five years. By offering an overnight stay or a few hours access to a health suite through our Respitality programme we can really help make a massive difference to carer wellbeing. Being offered the chance to unwind, relax and recharge their batteries help carers to keep on caring. We are really hopeful that PKAVS Carers Hub and Dunkeld House Hotel will continue to work together in the future to help carers take time out.”
If you are an unpaid carer and would like to be considered for a Respitality gift you can apply online here or contact Respite Development Officer Marthe Handling on 01738 567076 for more information.