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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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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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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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A garden for carers

A garden for carers

Are you interested in gardens? Would you like to help us create a garden for carers, giving them somewhere to sit, relax and, if they want, to chat to other carers. Carers Link and Milngavie in Bloom are developing an area beside our offices and are looking for people interested either in helping to plan the site, or doing the hard work of digging, planting and weeding. If you would like to know more, contact Sharon on 0800 975 2131 or

Before (1)volunteer working on clearence Feb 16

Soil preparation 20.04.16

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Young Adult Carers Heading Off On A Mighty Voyage

In April we are taking 10 Young Adult Carers on a sailing trip which is being organised for Carers Link by Ocean Youth Trust.

Linked Up is our service for Young and Young Adult Carers. Young Adult Carers are aged between 16 and 25 and we take a holistic approach to supporting them. A key aspect for this age-group is supporting them to consider what they want to do in the future, which can include support to remain in education or access further education, and support to gain employability skills and future references through training courses, voluntary experience and/or work placements. To provide this opportunity for our Young Adult Carers we are working with Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYTS), whose award winning sail training voyages let young people discover their true potential.

Young Adult Carers can find the challenges of making important decisions about the future more difficult and they also often feel socially excluded and isolated. This voyage will give them a break from caring and the chance to get to know others in a similar situation. Sharing experiences of caring will help reduce their sense of isolation and build a circle of peer support, which they can rely on once the voyage ends. Our Young Adult Carers will also gain qualifications and improve their communication, leadership and problem-solving skills during this trip.

To find out more about the trip sign up here – or speak to Jan on 0800 975 2131.


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Carers (Scotland) Bill

MSPs have passed legislation to provide more support for Scotland’s carers.

The Scottish government bill will require councils to plan how they will support adult and young carers, and the definition of “carer” will be changed to include more people.

To find out more about the bill go to

Here is our infographic that details the big questions and how that will affect carers.

Carers Scotland Bill Infographic

Carers Scotland Bill Infographic



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

Carers Link Celebration


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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