Wigtownshire Carers Service
The Princes Royal Trust project in Wigtownshire offers Carers a wide and varied calendar of events as well as practical, emotional support and information, relevant to their caring role. In a 3 month period in 2015 there were a total of 31 groups held in Wigtownshire and 156 Carers attended these meetings. The Wigtownshire Carers Support worker also saw 50 Carers on an individual basis for support and advice. The service also provides one to one support and groups for Young Carers. Carer support activities include organised trips, access to training and the chance to meet up on a regular basis.
Preparing for Emergencies – Community Resilience Teams
Support to Communities and Community Councils across the Wigtown area has helped establish volunteer community resilience teams. These support communities to become more self-resilient and better prepared for emergency situations such as severe flooding, snow and power outages. Twenty nine teams have been established. Volunteers help to check on vulnerable people, provide hot food to those in need and relay key information to the Council and emergency services to help ensure an effective response where required. Funding has been secured for many teams to purchase equipment such as shovels, sand bags and generators. Four resilience “young teams” have been established in Whithorn, Port William, Garlieston and Wigtown.