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 colleagues 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!

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

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

Email: g61.g62communityresponse@gmail.com

OPAL Website

OPAL Helpline: 01414382347

Volunteer Scotland

East Dunbartonshire Volunteering Opportunities

This episode discusses COVID-19 Vaccinations for unpaid carers in Scotland. Jon and Katy spoke to Shubhanna Hussai 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


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

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 catriona@carerslink.org.uk




The latest in our series of office chats, in this episode Katy, Heather, Catriona and Fiona chat about Christmas past and present, sharing memories and plans for this different Christmas.

Who knew there were two Carers Links? We had a chat with Carers Link Lancashire about the work that they do and the similarities and differences for carers in the two areas.

This longer episode is about caring for someone with dementia. Jon and Katy spoke to Lynda Hutton from Dementia Services Development Centre Stirling and Michelle Candlish from Ceartas about some of the struggles those with dementia and those caring for them might face, and some ways to help. They also spoke about how COVID has impacted those with dementia and those caring for someone with dementia, as well as local services available to help.

You can find all the resources mentioned in the show linked below and you can contact us if you would like to talk about any issues you are facing while caring for someone with dementia.


Dementia Services Development Centre Stirling

Dementia Services Bookshop

Dementia Information Hub

Ceartas – Advocacy Services in East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Dementia Network – EDDN Dementia Support

Carers Emergency Plan (Carers Link)

In this episode you can hear all about Scotland’s Track & Trace system and how the NHS in Scotland is working to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as Jon talks to Vivienne Tennent form East Dunbartonshire’s Health Improvement Team

Listen in to learn all about contact tracing, the Scotland Test & Protect App, what happens when you get contacted by track & trace, and how to avoid scams.


East Dunbartonshire Health Improvement Team Website

Scotland Test & Protect App

NHS Inform – Contact Tracing


NHS 24