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This Cross-party group's purpose: 

To ensure equality of opportunity for unpaid carers in Scotland by liaising with carers' organisations, lobbying the Scottish Government and promoting legislation on unpaid carers' behalf; to promote awareness amongst Members of the Scottish Parliament of the needs of unpaid carers and former unpaid carers; to liaise with Members of both Houses at Westminster and the Welsh Assembly in order to share best practice; and to link with appropriate bodies, including unpaid carers organisations, on an international basis. 

Next meeting

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The next meeting will be on 6th December 2023 from 1.00 to 2.30pm and will include the AGM.


Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Karen Maloney


Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

Mark Griffin


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Gillian Mackay


Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Miles Briggs


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Sharon Dowey


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Rona Mackay


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Constituency)

Paul O'Kane


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Non MSP Individuals

Carolynne Hunter
Celia Sweeney
Christine Farquhar
Colette Walker 
Janice Moreland
Lindsey Currie
Lucy Challoner
Lynn Williams
Moira McWhinnie
Tom Wightman
Claire Steel
Patricia Hewitt


Carers Trust Scotland (Secretariat)
Leonard Cheshire
Psychiatric Rights Scotland
NDCAN  National Dementia Carers Action Network
MCFB (Multi Cultural Family Base)
Lanarkshire Carers Centre
Firsthand Lothian
North Lanarkshire Carers Together
Glasgow Caledonian University
Coalition of Carers in Scotland
Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre
MND Scotland
Shared Care Scotland
Carers Scotland
East Ayrshire Carers Centre
Support in Mind Scotland
Hospice UK
Partners in Advocacy
PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society)
Carers of East Lothian
Aberdeen City Carers Service
Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway
SFAD (Scottish Families affected by Alcohol & Drugs)
Carers of West Dunbartonshire
Salvesen Mindroom Centre
Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance (SYCSA)
MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project)
Edinburgh Young Carers
Leuchie House
Dochas Carer Centre
Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
Camphill Scotland
South Lanarkshire College
Crossroads (Caring for Carers)
Care for Carers
Family Fund
Carers Scotland
LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre
Life Changes Trust
Ages Scotland
Oxfam Scotland
Care Inspectorate 
Carers of West Lothian