Carers Link relies on our funding from the Big Lottery  – without it we would not be able to provide any of our groups nor provide some of our 1-1 support or emergency planning.  Over 530 carers have benefited directly from this funding. 

This November sees the start of our last year of funding, and we need to ensure any future applications to the Big Lottery meet your needs. To do this  we need you to tell us whether the services we provide are what you need, and if not, what support you want.  So we would really appreciate it if you could complete our survey either online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J8PQBCM, or by completing the form which you can download here and return by post to:

Freepost Plus RYLC – ETCK – ZSRY, Carers Link East Dunbartonshire, Milngavie Enterprise Centre, Ellangowan Court, Milngavie Glasgow G62 8PH

As part of their work to develop a Scottish social security system based on dignity, fairness and respect the Scottish Government will make the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement to eligible carers in Scotland from Thursday 13 September.

In recognition of the important contribution carers make these payments will mean that people in Scotland, who were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on the qualifying date of Monday 16 April will receive a supplementary payment of £221. This payment will be issued automatically to eligible carers. There is no need for a form to be completed.

As this is the first payments Social Security Scotland will make the government want to make sure these payments are paid safely and securely to people. For that reason they will issue payments over a phased period.  The vast majority of payments  will be made by the end of September, with more complex cases completed by Thursday 15 October. Payment will be made using the same method that people get their Carer’s Allowance from the DWP.

In advance of payments being issued, carers will receive a letter explaining the payment to them and a leaflet to introduce Social Security Scotland as the new Scottish Government agency that will deliver these payments. The government expect people to start receiving their letters from the week beginning 10 September.

The letter will contain details of where people will be able to find information online and a Freephone telephone number should they wish to speak with someone about this payment.

The Scottish government has also produced three clips of film introducing Social Security Scotland, the policy intent behind Carer’s Allowance Supplement and details on the way in which this benefit will be delivered:

Introduction to Social Security Scotland 

About Carer’s Allowance Supplement 

Questions Arising 

They have also produced a Guide to Carer’s Allowance Supplement for those working with carers – which you can read by clicking on the image below.

Following the success of our voyages for young and young adult carers, and our day under sail for adult carers we are now organising a 5-day inter-generational sailing trip with the Ocean Youth Trust in October. All adult carers who are tempted by the idea of sailing the Clyde are invited to our Information Event on Tuesday 3rd July from 7pm – 8.30pm here at Carers Link. You will have the opportunity to find out more, and chat to the Ocean Youth Trust staff. Please confirm your interest by calling us on 0800 975 2131.

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The latest issue of What’s On has arrived. Our quarterly newsletter has been revamped to make it even easier to find out about the groups and events that we run for carers. With more sessions now running in the evening, we hope that you will find something that interest you. You can read What’s on online, or if you want you own copy sent to you every quarter you can sign up online.

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.

Over The Wall is a national UK children’s charity which provides free of charge residential camps to help children with life-limiting illnesses and their families reach beyond the perceived limitations of illness to rediscover a whole new world of possibilities. Registration for the 2018 camps is now open, and there is a camp for siblings running in Perth in July as well as a camp for those who have the illness. You can find out more and register your interest on the Over the Wall website. 

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

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.

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.