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New parent and carer forum for autism

If you are a parent or carer who has responsibilities for someone with an autism spectrum disorder, there is a new parent and carer forum starting in East Dunbartonshire. The group will meet every two months in Kirkintilloch on a Wednesday evening.
Coffee, tea and biscuits are guaranteed, along with the chance to share experiences, meet individuals from agencies who can support your family and have an opportunity to discuss and feed into East Dunbartonshire’s Autism Strategy Group.
For more information call Ashleigh or George on 0141 578 2142 or read the invitation from them: Parents and carers forum_updated version
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Self Directed Support workshop


2017 – 2019

They will be reviewing and updating their Self Directed Support Strategy this year. To assist with this, they are inviting carers to participate in a workshop to explore how they have met their outcomes and how they can continue to meet these in the future.

They are hosting two workshops in June:

Customers and Unpaid Carers – Thursday 8th June in Enterprise House, Kirkintilloch: 12.30pm to 3.00pm.

Social Care Providers – Friday 9th June in Milngavie Enterprise Centre: 12.30pm to 3.00pm

To book a place contact Kelly Gainty by phone on 0141 777 3300 or by email.

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The Big Fit Walk

Big Fit Walk

If you’ve been to one of our Walking Cafes, or thought of going, why not go along to The Big Fit Walk in Kirkintilloch on Friday 26th May?

It is a short (30min) walk past the Kirkintilloch Marina and Forth and Clyde Canal – and they are expecting over 100 walkers of all abilities and ages (from nursery kids to Silver Surfers) to take part.

There are Big Fit Walks happening across Scotland, to inspire communities to come together for a walk to celebrate the benefits of being active, and the national celebration will be launched by  Michelle McManus at the Kirkintilloch event.

The fun starts at 12.15pm, and there’s no need to book – just turn up.


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What’s On June 2017

The latest edition of What’s On, our newsletter for people looking after friends and family is now available.  You can subscribe to receive your own regular copy electronically or you can call us on 0141 955 2131 to request a copy in the post.

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Over The Wall camps

Last year Over The Wall supported over 600 children and families affected by serious illness, providing magical, transformative camp experiences completely free of charge. Over The Wall camps allow children to ‘kick back’ and have fun in a range of recreational and educational activities, and they encourage campers to reach beyond the perceived limitations of their illness and rediscover a whole world of possibilities, helping to build their confidence, self esteem, coping strategies and peer relationships.

There are 2 camps happening in Scotland this summer at Strathallan School in Perth. The first is for children aged 8 to 17 years, living in the UK, who are currently receiving treatment, or experiencing health challenges, and runs from 9th to 14th July.  The second is for children aged 8 to 17 who have a brother or sister (of any age) who is currently receiving treatment, or experiencing health challenges.and runs from 17th to 21st July.

You can find out more about the camps and the criteria for campers on the Over The Wall website, which also has information about how you can volunteer to help out at the camps.

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Dementia friendly opera

Scottish Opera is performing a specially created performance of La boheme in Glasgow on Saturday 13th May for people with dementia and their family and friends. The specially created performance is fully-staged, and performed by a narrator, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and a wonderful cast of singers. You will be led through the story, and hear some of the best-loved music from the opera. Lighting levels in the auditorium are brighter, and people are able to come in and out of the auditorium during the performance and see the show in the bar on TV screens.

Tickets are £10, and can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 871 7647, and you can find out more on the Scottish Opera website.

Scottish Opera also has a Memory Spinners group which meets weekly from Monday 24th April to Monday 5th June. Using music, storytelling, movement and the visual arts, the programme helps people with dementia and their carers relax, get creative and form new support networks.

Throughout each term, they share memories that are then incorporated into a relaxed performance for friends and family.

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Tai Chi in the Park

Many of our carers have enjoyed Qigong classes with Mrs Hing Teh. Mrs Teh is organising  Tai Chi in the Park on World Taiji Qigong Day, Saturday  29 April. On this day somewhere in the world someone will be practising Taiji and /or Qigong, all starting at 10am in their local time, and this session is in Woodhead Park in Kirkintilloch runs from 10 -11.30am

The event is free but Mrs Teh is raising funds for CHAS – Children Hospice Association Scotland and donations are welcome. It is a very informal occasion, all are welcomed including your friends and family. If you stand in front of the Leisure Centre, Mrs Teh will be on the right side after the tennis courts and children’s play ground, among the trees and tulips.

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Alzheimer Europe Carer Survey 2017

This year the focus of the Alzheimer Europe Carer Survey 2017 is diagnosis and post-diagnostic support for people who are diagnosed with dementia. The survey is for people who are currently supporting a family member or friend who has received a diagnosis of dementia and it is being conducted in five European countries – Scotland, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland and Czech Republic.

The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete, and is being administered by Bangor University. All answers will be treated in the strictest confidence. No third parties, including Bangor University, will have access to your personal details.

You can complete the survey online, or you can request a paper copy by emailing or calling the Alzheimer Scotland (freephone) Helpline on 0808 808 3000.

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Living with Dementia survey

Share your experiences of living with dementia to help inform Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week 2017 campaign.

What’s it about?

Alzheimer Scotland are looking for people living with dementia in Scotland to complete a short survey to help inform their campaign for Dementia Awareness 2017. They want to find out how dementia impacts on people’s social life, friendship circles and other activities.

Who can fill it in?

The survey can be filled in by people who have dementia, their partner or other close friends and family members who are currently living with dementia or have lived with dementia recently (within the past 2 years).

The survey is completed anonymously.  However, if you would like to share your story as part of the campaign then you can leave your contact information at the end of the survey.

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Possible closure of Lightburn Hospital

Greater Glasgow & Clyde health board are proposing to improve the way they provide rehabilitation services for older people in the North East of Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire. This would see the transfer of the services currently provided at Lightburn Hospital to other sites in the North East of Glasgow:

  • Acute hospital rehabilitation would be provided in beds to Stobhill Hospital
  • Community rehabilitation beds would be in local care facilities commissioned by the Health and Social Care Partnerships.
  • Day hospital services would be brought together at Stobhill Hospital
  • Outpatient clinics to either Glasgow Royal Infirmary or Stobhill Hospital
  • Local meeting space for the Parkinson’s support group.

If the services are transferred it will result in the closure of the Lightburn Hospital site.

You can find out more from the health board website, from the consultation leaflet, or by attending the consultation event at Lightburn hospital on 29th March. The consultation lasts until 3rd May 2017.

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