An opportunity to share a Christmas Festive meal

If you are going to be on your own on Christmas Day this year, you could go along to a Christmas Festive meal at Smith’s Hotel in Kirkintilloch. It’s free, and transport can be arranged. You can read about last year’s event on Silver Stag’s website, and the poster above has more information. Places are limited, allocated on a first come first served basis,  and you must register by 11th December by calling Silver Stag on 0131 555 9102.

Do you have ideas and thoughts about local health and social care services?

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is seeking local people who are interested in helping us to improve local health and social care services. The HSCP is responsible for planning and delivering health care and social work services in East Dunbartonshire. They are inviting local people to join with other East Dunbartonshire residents to focus on all aspects of the planning, development and review of the health and social care services they provide.  All that they ask is:

  • That you live in East Dunbartonshire
  • That you have an active interest in health and social care
  • That you be able to work in a team or in relevant working groups

The views of carers who have experience of using these services are really important to make sure that plans for future services are the best they can be, so if you can make any time please consider getting involved. If you would like a full description of the roles available or even just to chat, please contact Anthony Craig by telephone on 0141 578 8658, or by email to

East Dunbartonshire Residents Participation


Your chance to influence future support for carers in East Dunbartonshire

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. It will be implemented from 1st April 2018, and the regulations in the act will take effect on that date.

One of the regulations of the Act is a duty for local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria.

The local eligibility criteria in East Dunbartonshire will be set by the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). Carers Link, along with the HSCP, has organised two meetings for carers to enable them to express their views on the proposed local criteria.

The meetings will be held in Milngavie, on the morning of 28th November, and Bishopbriggs, on the afternoon of 30th November. This is your opportunity to let the decision makers know whether you think the criteria for support that the HSCP has developed will work for carers in the local area, and to suggest changes that you believe will make them better. Please come along and make your voice heard.

Sponsor us!


Four of Carers Link’s staff are taking part in the Supernova 5k at the Kelpies on Friday 10th November to raise much needed funds for Carers Link, and we have set up a Team Carers Link fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving.  The statutory funding that we receive is not enough to enable us to deliver the wide range of services that we do, so please sponsor us, and help us meet our target of £400.

Update on plans for devolved benefits

The Minister for Social Security, Jeanne Freeman, has recorded an update for carers on the plans for social security in Scotland. In it she sets out the plans and timescales for setting up a social security agency in Scotland and taking over the 11 devolved benefits by 2020. She also answers questions which were raised by carers about the government’s plans.

Young Carers Online-Support Worker

Do you want to make a positive difference to the lives of Young Carers in East Dunbartonshire?

We are looking for an energetic, creative and enthusiastic Young Carer Support Worker to help deliver positive outcomes for young carers aged 8-18 in person and 13-25 online. This will be done through one to one work and group activities under the principles of GIRFEC. The successful candidate will also be required to regularly liaise with local Schools along with other statutory bodies to provide a linked up service.

Initially funded until March 2019, the post will also have key responsibility for developing and piloting the expansion of online support through various social media platforms and website. With the aim of reaching previously ‘hidden’ young carers and widening peer support networks, your responsibility will include provision of information as well as creating (and moderating) online communities and website maintenance. It is anticipated that success of this pilot will help secure further funding.

Successful applicant subject to PVG membership.

Closing date 12pm Friday 3rd November and interviews will take place on Tuesday 14th November. Please send completed applications to

Job Description

Background Information

Application EO Form Final

Criminal Convictions Declaration

Help with Self-Directed Support

MECOPP’s 3 R’s Project

MECOPP’s new Self-directed Support legal rights project, “The 3 R’s Project”, is able to support individuals (carers and/or the supported person) who have encountered difficulty accessing or using Self-directed Support.

The project can:

  • Provide advice and information on your legal rights under self-directed support, human rights and equalities legislation
  • Undertake casework on your behalf to support resolution of more complex issues. The project is unable to undertake litigation on behalf of individuals
  • Refer you to legal organisatons if resolution cannot be reached.
  • You can download the  project leaflet here.

Dementia: the Carer’s Experience

This is a conference on Saturday 30th September has been designed and organised by people with long experience of caring for someone with dementia. It is for people who are currently caring for someone with dementia, unpaid, and the conference has a twin focus which will include Financial – Legal Matters – Home Matters, and Managing Expectations – What About Me. There will also be time for discussion and questions. You can find out more form the flyer below, or through the Life Changes Trust website.

8 out of 10 carers lonely

Research by Carers UK has revealed that 8 out of 10 carers have felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of their caring role, and this rises to nearly 86% of carers providing 50 hours or more a week.

The longer people have been caring for, the more likely they are to feel lonely or socially isolated, and 84% of those caring for 10 years have felt lonely or socially isolated.

The highest levels of loneliness are found amongst those caring for a disabled child, with 9 out of 10 of them feeling socially isolated or lonely due to their caring role. You can find out more about the causes of loneliness in carers, and what carers say would make them feel less lonely by reading the full report.

Help influence health and social care service delivery in East Dunbartonshire

Their views will help to shape the East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s (HSCP) Strategic Plan, which sets out how the organisation aims to help people and communities to live in good health for longer, as well as helping them to improve their own wellbeing. Priorities for the plan will be identified by listening to what the local community – including service users, carers and their families – believe is important to them.

Events to enable people to voice their views are being held in Bishopbriggs on 22nd August and Bearsden on 1st September, and for more details read this flyer.