Wed 19 Feb 14
New Scheme in Fife first of its kind in Scotland
Fife tourism businesses gathered at the Fairmont St Andrews last night (Tuesday 18th February) to launch a new scheme, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland.
Respitality is an American initiative which offers carers a gift of a night away to relax thanks to the generosity of hospitality businesses.
There are around 650,000 carers in Scotland. Their caring commitment to family and loved ones often means that they have neither the time nor the funds to treat themselves to a holiday or a little time away to recharge their own batteries. The opportunity to enjoy some time away is a welcome and valuable break.
The Respitality scheme is a collaboration between Shared Care Scotland, Fife Carers Centre and the tourism sector to provide appropriate interim care while the carer is away and match the carer with a break and location which best suits them.
The scheme has already met with great interest in Fife with hotels like the Fairmont St Andrews and self-catering accommodation like Fife Cottages pledging their support. In fact, Fife Cottages have already hosted their first Respitality guest.
Debbie McCallum of Fife Cottages said, "As soon as I heard about the scheme I wanted to help. It was a privilege to offer a break to a carer and I was very moved by how much a short break means to someone who spends every day of every week looking after someone else."
David Cochrane, chief executive of the Hospitality Industry Trust in Scotland welcomed everyone to the reception last night and said, "This opportunity for both industry and carers is something that all socially conscious organisations should embrace. The outcomes that Respitality can achieve will enhance the lives of many people who put others before themselves. The industry has demonstrated commitment already, through Respitality we can make a difference."
John Parker, chair of the Fife Tourism Partnership, congratulated the organisers and the hospitality businesses on the launch. "This is a really worthwhile idea and I am delighted that so many Fife businesses are showing interest in offering a night or a break to people who really value a chance to unwind. The tourism sector in Fife is working hard to innovate, to collaborate and to attract visitors from all around the world – it is also nice to welcome people at home, too. I wish Respitality great success."