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 to anyone over the age of 12. Those with restricted mobility can walk the coals with aids or assistance.

Due to the everchanging nature of Covid-19 we have waived the usual registration fee and instead we ask that participants raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship.

Sign up to walk through Eventbrite

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 take a look at the links for some of the resources mentioned in the episode and if you have any questions or suggestions, get in touch!

Discover Digital: a guide for understanding and navigating digital health, care and wellbeing tools and services

Scotland’s National Digital Strategy

East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership Strategic Plan 2018-2021

NHS Near Me Video Appointment Service

Apply for a community alarm

Buddi Device

Being a young carer during lockdown

In this episode of the Lowdown, Katy spoke to our Young Carer Wellbeing Coordinator, Lauren, and two of our young carers, Samantha, and Faye. They spoke about the challenges young carers have faced during lockdown, balancing caring roles with schoolwork, and ways to maintain mental and physical wellbeing. Enjoy the episode and let us know what you think!

Young adult carer transitions

We’re back with another episode of Carers Link Lowdown! This time Katy is flying solo hosting and she’s joined by young adult carers Jessica, Lauren, and Stephen as well as Carers Link collaborators Jan and Stevie to talk about young adult carer transitions. This fantastic conversation covers employability, action plans for leaving school, CV and interview advice, and how to fit your career around a caring role. You won’t want to miss it!

Office banter – all things spring

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We have another fun Office Banter episode for you. Jon and Katy welcomed frequent guests, Heather and Clair, and spoke (and joked) about all things spring, spring cleaning, and stubborn stains! Hopefully you pick up some helpful hints for your spring clear-out. And as always we’d love to hear from you about your tips and tricks, or anything else!

Mentioned in this episode:

Elbow Grease

CIF Mould Stain Remover

Bar Keepers Friend

How to Remove Mould from Silicone Sealant in Bathroom Shower

Get tomato stains out of plastic Tupperware

Community Response Volunteers

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Jon and Katy spoke to Sam from the East Dunbartonshire Community Service Volunteers who told us all about the services the volunteers offer, some of the projects they’re been working on  and helping with recently, and how you can access their services or offer your help as a volunteer.

Take a look at the links and info below to learn more about the resources mentioned in today’s episode.


East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action (EDVA):

EDVA Website

EDVA phone: 01415786680

G61 & G62 Community Response:

Facebook Page


OPAL Website

OPAL Helpline: 01414382347

Volunteer Scotland

East Dunbartonshire Volunteering Opportunities

Carers Link Lowdown: COVID-19 vaccination for unpaid carers

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This episode discusses COVID-19 Vaccinations for unpaid carers in Scotland. Jon and Katy spoke to Shubhanna Hussain from the Coalition of Carers in Scotland about vaccines, timelines, how to self-register and more.

If you’re looking for more specific information, the National Carer Organisations are hosting an unpaid carers Q&A on the COVID Vaccine and Vaccination Programme between 1:00 – 2:30pm on Friday 19 March 2021. Julie Hoey from the Scottish Government COVID Vaccine Policy Team will be attending the event to answer any questions that unpaid carers may have. You can register for the Zoom meeting for the event at the link below.

Register for the event here

To self-register as an unpaid carer for your vaccine visit the link below.

NHS Inform Carers Self-Registration

As always you can find the resources mentioned in the episode below as well as our contact information if you want to get in touch!


Carers Vaccination Self-Registration

Coalition of Carers in Scotland

COVID Vaccine for Carers FAQ

COVID Zoom Q&A Registration

NHS Inform – The COVID-19 Vaccine Information

OPAL Website

OPAL Helpline: 01414382347

Carers Link Lowdown: steps to good mental health

In this episode Jon and Katy spoke to Judith and Mirka from Group Recovery Aftercare Community Enterprise (G.R.A.C.E). Listen in as we cover the topics of mental health, worrying, resilience, and more.

As always, you can find links to resources mentioned in today’s show below, as well as our contact details. If there’s anything you’d like to hear covered on the podcast, let us know!


G.R.A.C.E. Resources:




3 Secrets of Resilient People – Lucy Hone TEDx Talk

Carers Link podcast: Groups for Carers & Respitality

In this episode we chat with our newest member of staff, Catriona. She spoke to us about her work helping to organise our groups and an exciting new project called Respitality! You can learn more about Respitality at the links listed below and if you have any suggestions for our groups, get in touch with Catriona at