For professionals

The VOCAL team are work in partnership with professionals from all backgrounds to support unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian. If you would like someone from VOCAL to visit you to talk about carer identification, carers issues, carer support and partnership with VOCAL please contact us.

Make a referral

You can make a referral on behalf of someone else with their consent using our secure online referral form or by contacting VOCAL directly.

To make a referral you will need the carer’s:

  • name
  • address
  • contact details (phone/email) and
  • some information about their caring situation.

Please ensure that the carer is fully aware that you are making the referral and to whom.

Following referral or self referral all carers will receive a comprehensive information pack and an initial phone call to explore their personal situation before allocation to the most appropriate worker who will provide one to one support over the phone, at home or in the community depending on the carer’s needs or preference.
Secure online referral form

ThinkCARER – for healthcare professionals

VOCAL, in partnership with NHS Lothian, has developed a range of ThinkCARER sessions to support healthcare professionals to identify carers and help them access the support and resources they need to improve their quality of life as well as that of the person they care for.

Find out more about ThinkCARER.