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

The news about the new GP contract talks about how it will improve access for patients, address health inequalities and improve population health including mental health, provide financial stability for GPs, and reduce GP workload through the expansion of the primary care multidisciplinary team. But how will it affect you if you are a carer?

The Alliance want to capture views on how the changes are likely to impact peoples’ experiences of interacting with primary care. This might be potential opportunities presented by the new contract to improve services that you want emphasised; or it could be risks/concerns associated with the changes, such as broadening the scope of primary care services, particularly the changing role of the GP. There is also an opportunity to explore how ongoing engagement can ensure that people are involved throughout not just the design but the delivery of the new contract.

They are hosting an event specifically for carers in Glasgow on Friday 23rd February

The workshop is aimed at gathering input from people who access GP services and are interested in giving their views on the new GP contract, and you can find out more and sign up at Eventbrite or by calling a member of the Alliance team on 0141 404 0231.

Outputs and recommendations from this engagement will be presented to the Scottish Government for consideration in ongoing discussions around the GP contract. The Alliance will continue to make the case for these outputs in interactions with Scottish Government throughout the development of the GP contract.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child, you might be eligible for a grant from Family Fund, and they are trying to make more families aware of the support they can offer.

It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person, and a grant from the Family Fund can help break down many of the barriers families face and ease the additional daily pressures. Their support is not only financial, they also provide digital skills training for families, while their sleep support hub Tired Out aims to help families get a good night’s sleep.

To apply for a grant, visit www.familyfund.org.uk or call on 01904 550055.

Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS has published a guide to what services are available over Christmas. The booklet is a helpful read as it gives advice over where to go for various ailments all year round, as well as over the holiday period.

All GPs will be closed on 25th and 26th December, and 1st and 2nd January. If you become unwell and cannot wait for your surgery to re-open then you can get assistance by calling NHS 24 on 111. Alternatively, you may choose to seek treatment from a local pharmacist, and the booklet has details of pharmacy opening times over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The Scottish government will use its new devolved powers on benefits to increase Carer’s Allowance from summer 2018, and introduce a Young Carer Grant from autumn 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will continue to pay Carer’s Allowance (CA), and Scottish Government will pay the difference between CA and Jobseeker’s Allowance as a six month lump sum, called the Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This is to allow carers to receive additional money before the Scottish social security agency is fully up and running.

The supplement will be paid to people who are living in Scotland and in receipt of Carer’s Allowance on the qualifying dates – two dates per year which will be chosen by Ministers. This is a temporary measure until Scottish Government takes over full control of Carer’s Allowance – which will then be paid at the higher rate, incorporating the supplement.

Further commitments in the paper are the introduction of a Young Carer Grant in autumn 2019 – a payment of £300 per year for 16 and 17 year olds (and 18 year olds who are still at school) caring for an average of 16 hours per week and not eligible for Carer’s Allowance – and increased support for people caring for more than one disabled child, by April 2021.

You can find out more about the proposals and get more of the detail of the Bill on the Scottish Government website and send feedback to socialsecurity@gov.scot

East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership have developed a draft Self Directed Support Strategy for 2018 – 2021, and are gathering views on this.

‘Self Directed Support’ means starting with the individual as a person with strengths and preferences. It reinforces that the person is an expert in their own lives and is best placed to know what they need and how their needs and outcomes can best be achieved. Support should respond to the individual instead of the person having to fit with the service. Self Directed Support allows the service user, their carers, and families, to have informed choice about the way social care support is provided to them. People will have control over the way their individual budget is spent and will receive as much or as little help as they need in arranging their support.

The local Strategy has followed the same format as the Scottish Government’s National Implementation Plan, with four outcomes:
Outcome 1 – Supported people have more choice and control
Outcome 2 – Workers are confident and valued
Outcome 3 – Commissioning is more flexible and responsive
Outcome 4 – Systems are more widely understood, flexible and less complex.

The Strategy document has more information about what has been done in East Dunbartonshire, as well as an Action programme which details the plans for 2018 – 2021, and you can submit your thoughts on the strategy by completing the Consultation questions and email this to Kelly Gainty, who is collating the questionnaires. The deadline for return of questionnaires is Friday 15th December 2017.

Anyone who helps to look after a loved one is a carer, but many people do not recognise this, and so are missing out on vital support. The latest research from Carers UK shows that it’a not just the carers themselves who don’t recognise their role, it’s other family members, friends and colleagues: more than half (51%) of the people questioned believe they ‘don’t know’ a single friend or family member, looking after a loved one, despite 1 in 10 people in the UK being carers. You can read the research on the Carers UK website.