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Help influence health and social care service delivery in East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire residents are being given the opportunity to have their say about local health and social care services.
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. For more information please go to; www.eastdunbarton-health-and-social-care
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.

The events are being held in Bishopbriggs on 22nd August and Bearsden on 1st September, and for more details read this flyer.

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Latest edition of What’s On now available

The latest edition of What’s On covers September to November 2017 and has information about the range of information sessions for carers that we that we are running, as well as our regular support groups. To book events, please use our online calendar

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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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Self Directed Support workshop


2017 – 2019

They will be reviewing and updating their Self Directed Support Strategy this year. To assist with this, they are inviting carers to participate in a workshop to explore how they have met their outcomes and how they can continue to meet these in the future.

They are hosting two workshops in June:

Customers and Unpaid Carers – Thursday 8th June in Enterprise House, Kirkintilloch: 12.30pm to 3.00pm.

Social Care Providers – Friday 9th June in Milngavie Enterprise Centre: 12.30pm to 3.00pm

To book a place contact Kelly Gainty by phone on 0141 777 3300 or by email.

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The Big Fit Walk

Big Fit Walk

If you’ve been to one of our Walking Cafes, or thought of going, why not go along to The Big Fit Walk in Kirkintilloch on Friday 26th May?

It is a short (30min) walk past the Kirkintilloch Marina and Forth and Clyde Canal – and they are expecting over 100 walkers of all abilities and ages (from nursery kids to Silver Surfers) to take part.

There are Big Fit Walks happening across Scotland, to inspire communities to come together for a walk to celebrate the benefits of being active, and the national celebration will be launched by  Michelle McManus at the Kirkintilloch event.

The fun starts at 12.15pm, and there’s no need to book – just turn up.


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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

Background Information




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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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