Fire safety – interlinked fire alarms

In this episode, Katy and Catriona are joined by David, one of the Carers Link tech buddies and a registered electrician. They discuss the new Scottish legislation around smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide alarms which mean that every home in Scotland must have interlinked fire alarms by February 2022

Listen in to find out everything you need to know about the new regulations, the kind of alarms you need, and how to avoid scams.

Take a look at the resources below for more information, and as always, get in touch with any questions!


Scottish Fire and rescue service

SFRS factsheet on alarms

Scottish government fire alarm publication

If you are suspicious of a trader or salesperson you can call Trading Standards at East Dunbartonshire Council on 0300 123 4510, or you can call the non-emergency police number 101 if you feel that someone may be bogus.

A National Care Service for Scotland

Carers Link Lowdown Episode 43 A National Care Service?

In this episode, Katy is joined by Catriona, one of Carers Link’s carer support workers who focuses on finding breaks for carers.

Today Katy and Catriona speak to Shubhanna Hussain-Ahmed from the Coalition of Carers in Scotland to discuss the Scottish Government’s consultation on a proposed National Care Service .  The proposed will make a difference for carers, so listen in to find out what it’s all about and how you can get involved and  share your opinions.

To learn more about everything Katy, Catriona, and Subhanna mentioned in the episode take a look at the links below, and keep an eye on our social media as we will be posting updates there. And as always you can contact us with questions and suggestions, we’d love to hear from you!


National Care Service – Carer Views Survey

Carers Parliament – Taking place the 4, 5, and 7 of October

A National Care Service for Scotland: A government consultation

National Carer Organisations Briefing Papers – Shared Care Scotland

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