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.

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.

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.

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde are going to review the options for minor injuries services for people in West Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire.
It will look at:

• how accessible minor injuries services are for people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde
• how many people need to use minor injuries services
• the money required for minor injuries services and
• how patients and the public will be involved and engaged in this process.

You can find out more about the review on the NHS GGC website.

There will be two public consultation events in early September and once we get the dates, time and venues we will let you know.

East Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership has identified six themes where it would like to make improvements and wants to involve local people. There is an online survey at https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/council/consultations/improving-local-outcomes-have-your-say, or if you would prefer a paper copy please contact Carers Link.  Theme 6 is vulnerable people and carers, but none of the questions relate directly to carers – so you may have ideas to put in the “Have we missed something?” box. You have until 7th July to complete the online survey, and 28th July for paper copies.

The Scottish Government will soon be introducing a Bill to Parliament which will provide the legislation needed for them to set up a social security agency in Scotland and administer the devolved benefits, including Carers Allowance and benefits for disabled people. Carers Link have organised two consultation meetings so that carers can find out more about the bill and input their views. They are on Wednesday 19th July, Kirkintilloch, 10.30am – 1.30pm, and Friday 21st July, Milngavie, 10.30am – 1.30pm You can book a place through our online calendar or by calling Heather on 0800 975 2131.