Welcome to
Carers Link

Carers Link provides information and support to unpaid carers who live in East Dunbartonshire or care for someone who lives in East Dunbartonshire.

If you look after a family member or friend who cannot manage without your support, you are a carer. You may be “doing what anyone would do”, but we can help you.

You may simply be looking for some information, or you may go on to access advocacy, one-to-one support or our sessions and groups for carers. However large or small your query, we’re here to help.

No matter who you are or who you care for, Carers Link is here to support you

Carers and COVID-19

The situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) is constantly evolving, and it is a worrying time for carers and those they care for. Carers Link is still here to help local carers, and our staff are available for you to talk to – just call us on 0800 975 2131 or email enquiry@carerslink.org.uk.

We can help you with information about how the latest government guidelines affect your caring role, and how carers can access the COVID-19 vaccine, and we may be able to help you access Personal Protective Equipment. You can find out more on our COVID-19 page.

Who is a carer

Anyone who provides (or intends to provide) care for another person is a carer. The exceptions to this are if the only reason for providing care is that the person is under 18, or if you are caring because you  have a contract or as voluntary work.

You can be caring for someone for any number of hours, and you do not need to be providing a substantial amount of care for some on a regular basis.

A young carer is any carer who is under the age of 18, or who is 18 or over and still attending school.

Latest News Updates

Carers Link Fire Walk

Our second Fire Walk will be at Mugdock Country Park on 9th October. Can you cross hot coals for carers? Join us for a night you’ll remember – experience the motivational workshop, light the ceremonial fire and send the past up in flames as you focus on the future. This is an inclusive event, open …

How technology can help carers

This week we welcomed Elaine Marsh, a Digital Lead at the Health and Social Care Partnership and Martin Will, the Telecare Manager in East Dunbartonshire Council to the podcast. Katy spoke to Martin and Elaine all about telehealth, assistive technology, and how digital advances can help carers and those they care for. Be sure to …

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We’re going to be working in partnership with a local school to experience the benefits of shared reading. Working with a group of pupils from St Ninians we’ll share stories from a book called The Lost Words. The idea is to connect people through stories, and it's been proven to reduce feelings of isolation and improve wellbeing. We plan to meet monthly, in-person, and would love to hear from carers and others who would be interested in participating. Email whatson@carerslink.org.uk if you are interested in joining us, and we will let you know more when we have details. ... See MoreSee Less
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If you care for someone with #dementia, give yourself some peace of mind by filling out a #HerbertProtocol form. If the person you care for goes missing the police will be able to use the information to act quickly. The protocol is being implemented nationally by @policescotland and we're pleased to support this initiative. Find out more at www.scotland.police.uk/what-s-happening/missing-persons/the-herbert-protocol/ ... See MoreSee Less
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New guidance will allow care home residents to choose a friend or relative as a ‘named visitor’ who will be able to visit them, even during a managed Covid-19 outbreak .This is a change to current practice where most homes suspend routine visiting until outbreaks are over. It will allow those living in care homes to continue to have meaningful contact with loved ones, and balance the need for continuing infection prevention and control measures in care homes with the wider wellbeing of residents.www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-open-with-care-named-visitor-during-outbreaks-lett... ... See MoreSee Less
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Upcoming Events

We are normally open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00 pm, but appointments (by phone or online) out with these hours can be arranged. Currently mail is not being picked up from the office on a regular basis so if possible please email or phone us. During evenings and weekends, if you or someone you know requires urgent social work support, please call 0800 811 505.