Archive for News – Page 2

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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What’s On March – May 17

what's on for carers



Read the latest edition of What’s On March to May 2017 for news about our groups, information sessions and events across East Dunbartonshire, including one to one coaching for carers, John Pirrie’s Order of Legion d’Honneur and introducing our new volunteer coordinator.

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Grants available for short breaks

Carers Link can provide grants of up to £300 to carers in East Dunbartonshire who care for a family member or friend who is 21 or over. The funding is to pay for the carer to have a short break from their caring role, and can be used however suits the carer best. In the first round of grants 8 applications were received, of which 7 were funded.

We know that carers often require support and encouragement to ask for a break, and many people find that traditional respite care, such as time at a day centre, or support staff coming in to their home, doesn’t work for them.  Grants already awarded have been used to pay for breaks such as a family day out to Top Gear Live at the Hydro, creative writing classes and a treadmill.

We know that carers are busy people and often don’t have a lot of time to think, so Fiona, our peer support coordinator, can help with stories that have worked for others and which might inspire you. Fiona also help you to complete the application form as we want as many carers as possible to benefit from this funding.”

Application forms for the second round of awards must be received at Carers Link by 4pm on Tuesday 21st February.  More information, and an application form is available from Fiona Campbell at Carers Link, telephone 0800 975 2131,  or you can download the form here.

Creative Breaks application form

Short breaks fund criteria


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Carers Link at the Scottish parliament

Gil Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, was so pleased to hear that Carers Link has received funding from the Big Lottery Young Start fund that he decided to put a motion to the Scottish parliament congratulating us. We are grateful to Gil, and the 20 other MSPs who had signed the motion by 30th January 2017,  for their recognition of our work, and to Gil in particular for for the increased publicity that the parliamentary motion will give it. The more people that know about our service, the more people that we can help.

We are delighted to receive this ongoing support from The Big Lottery Young Start Fund, which means that we can continue our successful work with young adult carers. The life of a young adult is full of important decisions about the future, as well as educational and social pressures. For those in a caring role, these challenges are more difficult and they can often feel socially excluded and isolated. In the last year alone, we helped 22 young adult carers into college and university places, work placements and jobs, and this funding will allow us to support more young people to achieve their goals.

If you or someone you know is a young adult carer, please contact Jan, our young adult carer service coordinator by email or on 0800 975 2131 to find out how we can help.

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New Vacancy-Young Carer Support & Communications

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 & Communications Worker to help deliver positive outcomes for young carers aged 8-18. 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 for one year, 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.  Application details below.   Closing date 12pm Monday 30th January, Interviews Monday 13th February.


2 Job Description – Young Carers Support Communications Worker

3 Application EO Form 2016

4 Criminal Convictions Declaration

5 Background Information



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A Christmas invitation

Generations Working Together, East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action, Silver Stag of Scotland and the East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership are hosting a Christmas Festive lunch at Smiths Hotel on 25th December 2016 from 2pm – 5pm. They would like to invite individuals who are on their own this Christmas to join them at this free festive event.

Please register as soon as possible, and by 12/12/2016 to join them at Smiths Hotel for Christmas lunch and some light entertainment. Places will be allocated on a first come basis

This free event includes lunch, entertainment and transport to and from the event. To register please call 0141 578 6680.


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Petition for free transport for carers

Amanda Macdonald has started a petition on require transport authorities to fund free concessionary transport for unpaid carers. As she says: unpaid carers (carers who do not provide care as a career) are a crucial part of society saving the government £162 billion every year. Free/concessionary transport for carers would allow carers to live a better quality of life.

If you agree with Amanda, you can sign her petition at

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Funding for carers

Shared Care Scotland has awarded Carers Link funding to provide grants of up to £300 for short ‘creative’ breaks for carers in East Dunbartonshire. The funding is available until October 2017 (or until funding is exhausted) and to be eligible the person being cared for must be 21 or older. The breaks will give carers ‘Time to Live’, reducing stress, improving wellbeing and helping them sustain their caring role.

The fund is aimed at carers who most need support such as carers who have a substantial caring role, are less likely to access current support or whose needs are not met by current models of service provision. Carers can apply for a grant to pay for breaks or activities which are very individual, and personalised to their own unique situation, for example.

‘I used my grant for a swing chair for my garden…. I can now sit out in my garden and relax….. I have a lovely view from my garden and I find it very relaxing sitting out. Having time out in my garden re-charges my batteries and gives me the strength to carry on.’

‘Thank you for giving us the gift of £200 to have wonderful carefree days together. We truly feel spoilt and blessed. We much appreciated the freedom from financial worry and this allowed us to be mum and daughter (and of course the puppy too!) and play, laugh and relax and forget all the stress we’ve been under.’

To apply for a grant you need to complete a creative-breaks-application form. You can check the eligibility to apply criteria-short-breaks-fund, and if you have any questions about applying for a grant contact Fiona on 0800 975 2131 or email Fiona.

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Smart Meters and Carers

Carers Scotland has teamed up with Smart Energy GB to help raise awareness of and promote the advantages of smart meters to carers.

Carers Scotland logo

smart energy logo

What is a smart meter?

Smart Meters are replacing traditional gas and electricity meters and every home in Scotland is entitled to and will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier – free of charge – between now and 2020. 77% of carers face higher utility bills and are more likely to slip into fuel poverty and smart meters could really benefit carers.

Carer benefits

  • Smart meters will help you stay more in control of your energy use and help you save money.
  • You will be able to see what appliances are using the most energy and when so you can make changes that save you money, e.g. doing washings at different times of the day or switching off unused lights.
  • If you find it difficult to adjust your energy consumption due to your caring role, use your smart meter data to see if you are eligible for grants, subsidies or support.
  • If you are a prepay customer, you will be able to easily see how much credit you have left and will be able to top up online or by mobile phone at any time, as well as at a local shop.

How do I get one?

Contact your energy supplier to request a smart meter. For more information, contact Patricia Clark at Carers Scotland on 0141 445 3070; email or visit their website.

If you are struggling with your fuel bills, freephone Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for free, expert advice and learn more about financial support and saving energy, including having a smart meter installed, on the Energy Savings Trust website.

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