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What’s On for carers

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.

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Autism Awareness Week

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. 

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Self Directed Support

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

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East Dunbartonshire Consultation on Self Directed Support Strategy

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.

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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.