UNPAID carers who often put their own needs last are being invited to a tea party next week at which the vital role they play will be acknowledged.
The Coul House Hotel get-together in Contin on Monday is part of Carers Week which runs from Monday until June 17.
Dingwall-based Connecting Carers is inviting local carers, services and businesses to come together for the week, which this year has the theme Healthy and Connected.
Roisin Connolly, manager with Connecting Carers, said: "This event is vital to the carers of Ross-shire, because it is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the vital contribution unpaid carers make to their families, and local community, every day.
"In Ross-shire many carers are caring alone, often in isolation and Carers Week is a chance for them to meet other carers, get advice, support and information on their rights and have a break from their caring roles."
She added: "It’s fantastic to see events taking place across Highland to support local carers. Carers Week is an opportunity for organisations to join our call to keep carers healthy and connected. We know that carers often put their own needs to the back of the queue, delaying doctors’ appointments or breaks from caring that could help them stay well.
"So, whether through work, the community, school or college, at home, or among friends, we all have a role to play in helping carers access the support they need to look after their own physical and mental health."
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with hundreds of events planned for carers across the UK.
More can be found at www.carersweek.org or www.facebook.com/CarersWeek
The tea party runs from 2pm-4pm on Monday.
More about Connecting Carers at www.connectingcarers.org.uk