An overview of what Respitality is and how businesses and carers can benefit
What is Respitality?
Respitality is a simple yet powerful initiative which offers unpaid carers in Scotland a much-needed break, through meaningful connections with local hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses who are willing to donate a break free of charge. Respitality is a Scottish Government supported project delivered locally by Dundee Carers Centre and coordinated nationally by Shared Care Scotland.
Why Respitality Matters
Unpaid carers play an important role in our society. They provide vital care and support to family members, friends and neighbours which can sometimes come at a personal and financial cost.
Accessing Respitality breaks can help carers feel acknowledged for their efforts and supported to take a break.
Jack's Short Break to Mantuary Dundee
We hear from Jack, a Young Carer Ambassador, who recently received a short break donated by The Mantuary Dundee, a luxury male grooming and barber in Dundee:
When I was offered this fantastic opportunity, I was delighted, however, I did feel a bit nervous going into some new place. The staff at the Mantuary were all very welcoming, they made me feel nice, it was a good place to get my hair cut. I also got a hot shave, and my eyebrows tidies up. The Mantuary provided some nice refreshments and had a good blether with the staff. The overall experience was great. I felt amazing, would definitely go back now that I have been.
What are the benefits of donating to Respitality?
Through feedback from businesses who support Respitality across Scotland we know that a partnership with Respitality, not only reinforces your brand values and but reflects the warm welcome that Scotland is renowned for the world over.
The process to donate is simple and breaks can be gifted at a time that suits your business needs. As well as a great avenue for your business to connect with your local community, it is also great for staff morale who see first-hand the difference their support makes to unpaid carers and their families.
Donating to a project like Respitality helps your business to fulfil any Corporate Social Responsibility commitments you have, which can result in improved customer loyalty (as global research shows that consumers are willing to pay extra for products and services from companies committed to positive social impact).
We are very grateful for the support we continue to receive from a range of local businesses.
In this short clip, we hear from Nikki from Woodland Hotel, Broughty Ferry about what inspired them to support the Respitality initiative.