Support for carers

A carer is a person of any age who provides physical care or emotional support to another person, due to frailty, physical or mental illness, addiction, or disability and is not paid for providing that care or support.

Connecting Carers (part of Highland Community Care Forum) provides:

  • Information and signposting
  • Carer Support Plans
  • Drop in groups
  • Carers Network Bulletin
  • Carer training

Highland Carers Advocacy listens to carers and helps them express their own feelings and thoughts when decisions are being made.

Check eligibility and apply for Carer's Allowance

Plus One Scheme

As a carer, you may be eligible for a Plus One Card.

The Plus One Scheme has been developed to help make access to leisure and recreational services easier for disabled customers. The scheme provides a free pass to the person who is supporting a disabled customer (the 'plus one') to attend any participating venues or events.

Find out more and how to apply

Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme

The Scottish Government has awarded funding to help Highland Council deliver energy efficiency programmes in the Highlands as part of the Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme (EES:ABS).

The area based programmes aim to:

  • Target fuel-poor areas
  • Offer insulation measures (Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation)
  • Heat your property through an Air Source Heat Pump
  • Offer solar PV and battery storage

Funding is available from the Scottish Government for the installation of measures.

  • Scottish Government Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme (EES:ABS) grant – is based on property eligibility criteria

Air Source Heat Pump, Cavity Wall, Loft Insulation, Solar PV and Battery Storage

These measures are eligible for:

  • Scottish Government EES:ABS grant

An owner's contribution may be required to cover the remainder of the cost for installation.


Keeping you safe is important and we appreciate your continued patience. Regular communication will be issued to those who are in the process of receiving energy efficiency measures delivered under the scheme.

Please note there may be a delay dealing with your enquiry. If you have a question relating to the EES:ABS programme, please contact

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