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New Vacancy-Community Support Coordinator

Are you enthusiastic, full of energy and new ideas?

Do you love talking to people? Are you great at organising events?

Can you make a positive difference to local carers and former carers?

You will also need to be flexible and confident, have brilliant communication skills, be comfortable using social media and be able to work on your own initiative. If all this sounds like you – why not apply?

We are looking for an energetic, creative and enthusiastic Co-ordinator to develop our group supports. Based in Milngavie but delivering across East Dunbartonshire, the Co-ordinator will plan, organise and facilitate our network of Carer Cafés and support groups. You will also organise ‘one-off’ activities as well as providing occasional one-to-one support.

The post is funded until the start of November 2019 although we will seek additional funding beyond that time.  Closing date Friday 7th July, 12pm.

Application details below-

Job Description -Community Support Coordinator

Background Information

Application & EO form

Criminal Convictions Declaration



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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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New Vacancy-Young Carers Service Coordinator

Do you have experience of working with children or young people?  Do you have experience in leading and co-ordinating service delivery?  Can you make a positive difference to the lives of local Young Carers?

You will also need to be flexible and confident, have brilliant communication skills, be comfortable using social media and be able to work on your own initiative.  If all this sounds like you – why not apply?

We are looking for an energetic, creative and enthusiastic Service Co-ordinator to take a lead in developing and delivering support services for young carers aged 8-18.  Based in Milngavie but delivering across East Dunbartonshire, the co-ordinator will plan, develop and manage a regular programme of group activities as well as providing one-to-one support and/or advocacy to the young person.  You will also need to work closely with wider family members to ensure ‘whole family’ support and build close working relationships with social workers, teachers and the local schools.

Application details below or on  Closing date 10am Monday 22nd May, Interviews Tuesday 30th May.

Successful applicant subject to PVG membership.

Job Description – YC Service Co-ordinator

Application EO Form

Criminal Convictions Declaration

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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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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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Caring for someone with an eating disorder

eating disorder carer conference


The Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group  is Scotland’s charity for supporting, connecting and informing anyone who  is affected by eating disorders. They are running a conference for carers in Edinburgh on Saturday 4th March 2017, covering issues such as carers rights and an introduction to motivational interviewing. You will be able to meet fellow carers, network and take part in a panel Q and A.
To find out more, visit the SEDIG website.

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