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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

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Barr Construction donates iPhone to Carers Link

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Waitrose main-contractors Barr Construction very kindly donated a new Iphone 5C to our young carers project.

The new phone will allow us to keep in touch more easily with our young carers through social networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

There are more than 700 children and young people under the age of 24 in East Dunbartonshire providing care and recently we have started to work with carers as young as eight years old.

Carers Link has created services specifically for the younger age range including one-to-one emotional, practical, and educational support. The iPhone enables us  to invite the young carers to support sessions and regular social activities.

Our young carers service coordinator, Emma Azzopardi, said: “We are very grateful to Barr Construction for their donation of an iPhone. It will now be so much easier to communicate with the young people we support, sending them instant messages and group messages. This means we’ll more easily be able to check how they are managing as well as keep them up to date on relevant news and information.

“The phone will also be great for taking and uploading pictures and videos when we are out and about, letting more people know about our services and encouraging other young people to get involved.”

Catriona Watson, communications co-ordinator at Barr Construction, said: “Carers Link provides a valuable service to people in a position of care. Although a simple solution, the iPhone will be a vital asset to the team at Carers Link, making communication easier with young carers and opening up conversation channels in times of need.

“We endeavour to work with the community at every project we work on and we hope Carers Link can use the iPhone for years to come and continue the great work they do.”

Barr Construction is currently on site at the new Waitrose development in Milngavie.

The new Waitrose will open its doors to customers in the summer of 2015.

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What’s On – Latest Newsletter

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The latest version of the What’s On Newsletter is here listing all of the Carers Link activities and events until May 2015.

Download here -> What’s On March – May 15

In this edition:

– Exciting new events for your Wellbeing

– Emergency Planning

FREE Online Carer Training

– and much more.

To sign up to receive a regular What’s On Mailings please fill out the Contact Us Form.

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What’s On – Latest Newsletter

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The latest version of the What’s On Newsletter is here listing all of the Carers Link activities and events until February 2015.

Download here -> Carers Link Whats On Newsletter Dec14 – Feb15

In this edition:

– Link & Learn Nominated for Award

– Easyfundraising this Christmas

– Christmas Day for Carers

New Wellbeing Service

New Courses

– and much more.

To sign up to receive a regular What’s On Mailings please fill out the Contact Us Form.

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What’s On – Latest Newsletter

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The latest version of the What’s On Newsletter is here listing all of the Carers Link activities and events until November 2014.

Download here -> What’s On Newsletter – Sept. to Nov.

In this edition:

10th Birthday Celebrations

New Staff Member Interviews

New Courses (Mindfulness, Self Directed Support)

Online Learning for Carers 

– and much more.

To sign up to receive a regular What’s On Mailings please fill out the Contact Us Form.

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New Grant for Carers Link – ‘The Icing on the Cake’

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This year Carers Link is celebrating 10 years of supporting nearly 3000 local carers.  During Carers Week in June, we held a special Birthday Party for 75 carers and volunteers – we had wanted to celebrate and that seemed like the perfect occasion to treat carers to something just a bit more special!

We are planning celebrations of our 10th Anniversary throughout this year but yesterday we had further cause to be happy.  We are delighted that the Big Lottery have announced that our recent application for funding has been successful.  In such a special year, this news really is the icing on the cake!

The grant is for a new ‘Care – Aware – Prepare’ project that has grown out of concerns from carers about what would happen in an emergency or if their own poor health stops them caring, as well as concerns about what would happen in the future.  St
aff and volunteers will be helping carers in times of crisis but also encourage carers to develop their own ‘back-up’ plan to avoid future crisis or at the very least reduce the worry and stress.

However it is also about giving carers more opportunities to meet with each other for mutual support so we will be developing a number of Carer Café’s and social activities throughout East Dunbartonshire.  Although we have run some groups, funding for these was either due to end or was not enough to be able to hold them in as many locations as we would have liked.  The Big Lottery funding will therefore enable more carers to access support in their local community.

We would like to thank all the carers and volunteers that helped shape the project by telling us what was important to you.  During the evaluations, surveys and consultation events there were 3 clear priorities: help with planning for the future, planning for emergencies and opportunities to meet other carers.

The funding will not start until November, so watch this space for more information on ‘Carer-Aware-Prepare’!

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First organisation in Scotland to be given Carer Positive acknowledgement


Carers Link has been the first organisation in Scotland to be awarded Carer Positive Engaged status. Carer Positive aims to encourage employers to create a supportive working environment for carers in their workplace.

The Carer Positive kitemark is awarded to employers in Scotland who have a working environment where carers are valued and supported. Carer Positive employers recognise the importance of retaining experienced members of staff, reducing absence, and cutting down on avoidable recruitment costs.

Supporting carers to manage the sometimes difficult job of balancing work with caring responsibilities can deliver real benefits to employers as well as helping individuals and their families. Unfortunately many carers give up work because the job of juggling their work and caring responsibilities simply becomes too much.

“Almost 500 people every day take on a caring responsibility.

Over 250,000 people in Scotland juggle caring with holding down a job.

As many as 1 in 5 carers give up work because it becomes too much.”




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