Carers Link relies on our funding from the Big Lottery  – without it we would not be able to provide any of our groups nor provide some of our 1-1 support or emergency planning.  Over 530 carers have benefited directly from this funding. 

This November sees the start of our last year of funding, and we need to ensure any future applications to the Big Lottery meet your needs. To do this  we need you to tell us whether the services we provide are what you need, and if not, what support you want.  So we would really appreciate it if you could complete our survey either online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J8PQBCM, or by completing the form which you can download here and return by post to:

Freepost Plus RYLC – ETCK – ZSRY, Carers Link East Dunbartonshire, Milngavie Enterprise Centre, Ellangowan Court, Milngavie Glasgow G62 8PH

As part of their work to develop a Scottish social security system based on dignity, fairness and respect the Scottish Government will make the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement to eligible carers in Scotland from Thursday 13 September.

In recognition of the important contribution carers make these payments will mean that people in Scotland, who were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on the qualifying date of Monday 16 April will receive a supplementary payment of £221. This payment will be issued automatically to eligible carers. There is no need for a form to be completed.

As this is the first payments Social Security Scotland will make the government want to make sure these payments are paid safely and securely to people. For that reason they will issue payments over a phased period.  The vast majority of payments  will be made by the end of September, with more complex cases completed by Thursday 15 October. Payment will be made using the same method that people get their Carer’s Allowance from the DWP.

In advance of payments being issued, carers will receive a letter explaining the payment to them and a leaflet to introduce Social Security Scotland as the new Scottish Government agency that will deliver these payments. The government expect people to start receiving their letters from the week beginning 10 September.

The letter will contain details of where people will be able to find information online and a Freephone telephone number should they wish to speak with someone about this payment.

The Scottish government has also produced three clips of film introducing Social Security Scotland, the policy intent behind Carer’s Allowance Supplement and details on the way in which this benefit will be delivered:

Introduction to Social Security Scotland 

About Carer’s Allowance Supplement 

Questions Arising 

They have also produced a Guide to Carer’s Allowance Supplement for those working with carers – which you can read by clicking on the image below.

Are you excellent at multi-tasking?

Do you thrive on being busy with a job full of variety?

Are you passionate about supporting people?

Are you well-organised, great at communication, have good computing skills and keen to work in a job that makes a difference?

If you have said YES, then we want to hear from you!

Carers Link seek a full-time Volunteers Coordinator to coordinate and support our team of around 60 volunteers as well as recruit and train additional help.  We seek someone who has the capacity to motivate and inspire but who can also support people through life’s twists and turns.  You will also manage the popular ‘Carers Call’ telephone support service delivered by volunteers to around 500 carers, and be able to respond to queries or concerns raised during calls.

Successful applicant subject to PVG membership.  Application details below.

Application & EO Form

Criminal Convictions Declaration

Job Description

Background Information

GDPR Statement for Job Applicants

Following the success of our voyages for young and young adult carers, and our day under sail for adult carers we are now organising a 5-day inter-generational sailing trip with the Ocean Youth Trust in October. All adult carers who are tempted by the idea of sailing the Clyde are invited to our Information Event on Tuesday 3rd July from 7pm – 8.30pm here at Carers Link. You will have the opportunity to find out more, and chat to the Ocean Youth Trust staff. Please confirm your interest by calling us on 0800 975 2131.

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The latest issue of What’s On has arrived. Our quarterly newsletter has been revamped to make it even easier to find out about the groups and events that we run for carers. With more sessions now running in the evening, we hope that you will find something that interest you. You can read What’s on online, or if you want you own copy sent to you every quarter you can sign up online.

Carers UK has launched it’s annual survey to gather the experiences of carers across the UK, and you can get involved. You can complete the survey online. As it’s gathering a lot of information, it takes 20 to 30 minutes to answer all the questions, but if you’re short of time you can skip some and just fill in the tick boxes.

The information received will be used highlight the impact of being a carer to the media, in dozens of evidence submissions to Parliamentary and Government consultations and in reports that influence decision makers and policy makers in a wide range of areas.

After 2 years of development and consultation, the Carers Act (Scotland) will be implemented on 1st April. The Act extends and enhances the rights of carers in Scotland to help improve their health and wellbeing, so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, and have a life alongside caring. You can find out about your rights in the Carers’ charter, which has been published by the Scottish Government, and covers:

1. Who is a carer? You are a carer if you provide (or intend to provide) care for another person – but not if:

  • this is only because the person is under 18
  • you are caring because you have a contract, or you do it as a volunteer

2.  Adult carers have a right to an ‘adult carers support plan’

3. Young carers have a right to a ‘young carer statement’

4. Carers have a right to support to meet any ‘eligible needs’

5. Carers have a right to be involved in services.

6. Carers have a right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person they are, or are going to be, caring for.

 

 

On Saturday 24th March at Our Lady & St George RC Church in Glasgow G52 2QE, a day devoted to the positive impact of the arts upon those living with dementia.

Featuring

  • Dr Adrian Treloar, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist from England and author of the book Dementia: Hope on a Difficult Journey
  • Sarah Metcalf, CEO for Playlist for Life
  • a special screening of the short film ‘J. Costello‘ (2017) presented by the filmmakers Liam Hollywood and David C. Murphy.
  • A presentation from Alzheimer Scotland
  • Simon McDermott of the Songaminute Man, whose father Ted was the Social Media and internet sensation over the last few years, speaking about his new book  about his father: ‘The Songaminute Man’

Tickets cost £5 which includes lunch and you can book them in advance through Eventbrite or you can pay at the door

Autism Awareness week runs from 26th March to 2nd April, and puts a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism – and their family – face every day. In the run up to this East Dunbartonshire Council is running a Festival of Celebration: Autism and Mental Health happening on from Thursday 22nd March to Saturday 24th March in the Lillie Art Gallery and Kirkintilloch Town Hall.

The Festival is open to all, and there will be a quiet zone too for anyone to come and just have a chill-out if the main programme becomes a bit busy or noisy.

What might be of interest to parents and carers in particular, if you can make it, are the activities on the Friday afternoon. There are presentations and workshops designed for parents and carers and the general interested public. In addition the music workshop is aimed at families if you want to go along on Friday afternoon after school.

The Bookbug Lo-Fi session is for anyone with little ones who might find the bigger festival a bit overwhelming and is running on Saturday 24th March. Spaces are very limited, so please call 0141 777 3036 to talk through your needs and book your place.  Please note that Bookbug Sessions usually contain songs, stories and rhymes.

You can find out more on the EDautism Facebook page, and their flier.

Self- directed support (SDS) allows people who are eligible to choose how their support is provided, and gives them as much control as they want of their individual budget. The support can be for the person that you care for, or for your caring role.

East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership is hosting a conference to raise awareness of choice and control within social care support services, and how Self Directed Support can help this. The conference is being held in Bearsden Hub on Thursday 22nd March, and there are further details in the flier.

 

For more information, and to book a place, contact Kelly Gainty on 0141 777 3000 or by email