East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership have developed a draft Self Directed Support Strategy for 2018 – 2021, and are gathering views on this.

‘Self Directed Support’ means starting with the individual as a person with strengths and preferences. It reinforces that the person is an expert in their own lives and is best placed to know what they need and how their needs and outcomes can best be achieved. Support should respond to the individual instead of the person having to fit with the service. Self Directed Support allows the service user, their carers, and families, to have informed choice about the way social care support is provided to them. People will have control over the way their individual budget is spent and will receive as much or as little help as they need in arranging their support.

The local Strategy has followed the same format as the Scottish Government’s National Implementation Plan, with four outcomes:
Outcome 1 – Supported people have more choice and control
Outcome 2 – Workers are confident and valued
Outcome 3 – Commissioning is more flexible and responsive
Outcome 4 – Systems are more widely understood, flexible and less complex.

The Strategy document has more information about what has been done in East Dunbartonshire, as well as an Action programme which details the plans for 2018 – 2021, and you can submit your thoughts on the strategy by completing the Consultation questions and email this to Kelly Gainty, who is collating the questionnaires. The deadline for return of questionnaires is Friday 15th December 2017.

Anyone who helps to look after a loved one is a carer, but many people do not recognise this, and so are missing out on vital support. The latest research from Carers UK shows that it’a not just the carers themselves who don’t recognise their role, it’s other family members, friends and colleagues: more than half (51%) of the people questioned believe they ‘don’t know’ a single friend or family member, looking after a loved one, despite 1 in 10 people in the UK being carers. You can read the research on the Carers UK website.

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act will take effect from 1 April 2018, but there are some issues which need to be finalised before the act is implemented, and you can get involved by taking part in this consultation.

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is responsible for determining the eligibility criteria for carers in East Dunbartonshire. These are the criteria which local health and social work services will use to decide whether or not they have a duty under the Act to provide support to carers.

What are eligibility criteria?

Eligibility criteria are based on the impact of the caring role on the carer and what level of advice and support the carer may access.  The East Dunbartonshire eligibility criteria aim to:

  • support the health and wellbeing of the carer by identifying their personal needs and outcomes
  • enable the carer to access an appropriate balance of information, advice and support to meet these needs and achieve personal outcomes
  • ensure the carer’s right to have their eligible needs met.

The eligibility criteria allow for outcomes to be defined at all levels of support for carers, so that the benefits of accessing both preventative and more intensive support are clear and measurable.  Our criteria are the same for both Adult and Young Carers, and will link to other relevant frameworks, for example, ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’.


East Dunbartonshire HSCP invites you to comment on the draft Eligibility Criteria for Carers.  This is a really important opportunity for you to express your thoughts about the criteria, and to suggest changes that you think will improve carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. To participate in the consultation please click on the following weblink


Closing date for consultation is 10th December 2017

If you are going to be on your own on Christmas Day this year, you could go along to a Christmas Festive meal at Smith’s Hotel in Kirkintilloch. It’s free, and transport can be arranged. You can read about last year’s event on Silver Stag’s website, and the poster above has more information. Places are limited, allocated on a first come first served basis,  and you must register by 11th December by calling Silver Stag on 0131 555 9102.

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is seeking local people who are interested in helping us to improve local health and social care services. The HSCP is responsible for planning and delivering health care and social work services in East Dunbartonshire. They are inviting local people to join with other East Dunbartonshire residents to focus on all aspects of the planning, development and review of the health and social care services they provide.  All that they ask is:

  • That you live in East Dunbartonshire
  • That you have an active interest in health and social care
  • That you be able to work in a team or in relevant working groups

The views of carers who have experience of using these services are really important to make sure that plans for future services are the best they can be, so if you can make any time please consider getting involved. If you would like a full description of the roles available or even just to chat, please contact Anthony Craig by telephone on 0141 578 8658, or by email to Anthony.Craig@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

East Dunbartonshire Residents Participation

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. It will be implemented from 1st April 2018, and the regulations in the act will take effect on that date.

One of the regulations of the Act is a duty for local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria.

The local eligibility criteria in East Dunbartonshire will be set by the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). Carers Link, along with the HSCP, has organised two meetings for carers to enable them to express their views on the proposed local criteria.

The meetings will be held in Milngavie, on the morning of 28th November, and Bishopbriggs, on the afternoon of 30th November. This is your opportunity to let the decision makers know whether you think the criteria for support that the HSCP has developed will work for carers in the local area, and to suggest changes that you believe will make them better. Please come along and make your voice heard.


Four of Carers Link’s staff are taking part in the Supernova 5k at the Kelpies on Friday 10th November to raise much needed funds for Carers Link, and we have set up a Team Carers Link fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving.  The statutory funding that we receive is not enough to enable us to deliver the wide range of services that we do, so please sponsor us, and help us meet our target of £400.

The Minister for Social Security, Jeanne Freeman, has recorded an update for carers on the plans for social security in Scotland. In it she sets out the plans and timescales for setting up a social security agency in Scotland and taking over the 11 devolved benefits by 2020. She also answers questions which were raised by carers about the government’s plans.

Do you want to make a positive difference to the lives of Young Carers in East Dunbartonshire?

We are looking for an energetic, creative and enthusiastic Young Carer Support Worker to help deliver positive outcomes for young carers aged 8-18 in person and 13-25 online. This will be done through one to one work and group activities under the principles of GIRFEC. The successful candidate will also be required to regularly liaise with local Schools along with other statutory bodies to provide a linked up service.

Initially funded until March 2019, the post will also have key responsibility for developing and piloting the expansion of online support through various social media platforms and website. With the aim of reaching previously ‘hidden’ young carers and widening peer support networks, your responsibility will include provision of information as well as creating (and moderating) online communities and website maintenance. It is anticipated that success of this pilot will help secure further funding.

Successful applicant subject to PVG membership.

Closing date 12pm Friday 3rd November and interviews will take place on Tuesday 14th November. Please send completed applications to clair@carerslink.org.uk

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Criminal Convictions Declaration

MECOPP’s 3 R’s Project

MECOPP’s new Self-directed Support legal rights project, “The 3 R’s Project”, is able to support individuals (carers and/or the supported person) who have encountered difficulty accessing or using Self-directed Support.

The project can:

  • Provide advice and information on your legal rights under self-directed support, human rights and equalities legislation
  • Undertake casework on your behalf to support resolution of more complex issues. The project is unable to undertake litigation on behalf of individuals
  • Refer you to legal organisatons if resolution cannot be reached.
  • You can download the  project leaflet here.