This week we have a sweet office banter episode for you! Lauren, Christine, and Paul joined Katy and Jon to talk about their favourite chocolate bars and much more. Play along as they take on Katy’s chocolate quiz and see if you can spot the mistake we made with one of the “correct” answers.

Check out the links below to learn more about the history of chocolate and some retro chocolate bars you can’t find anymore.

BBC Radio 4 Programme about Chocolate

BBC Bitesize – A brief history of chocolate

22 discontinued chocolate bars

Discontinued Chocolate Bars That You Can’t Buy In The UK Anymore

This week we have another Young Carer takeover for you! This time, Sam spoke to Janine from Education Scotland, Hannah from Carers Policy, and Kelly from Carers Trust about how the education system in Scotland is working for and with young carers. They discuss changes that have come about during COVID-19, what schools are doing to keep young people safe, and how organisations work together to provide the best support possible to young people and young carers.

We ran over time a bit this week so Hannah from the Carers Policy Team at the Scottish Government has provided written answers to some of the questions we didn’t get to ask. Click here to read them.

This podcast is about all things technology and how Carers Link can help connect carers to technology and each other! We spoke to two of our tech buddy volunteers, Helen and Sharon, to hear about how they’re working to get carers connected during the pandemic. And carer Frank told us about his experience working with a tech buddy to learn more about technology.

If you’d like to learn more about technology and how we can help you, get in touch by emailing us at enquiry@carerslink.org.uk or by calling our tech support hotline at 07592040703!

Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Scrabble GO

WhatsApp

Pinterest

Duolingo

BBC Good Food

We’re back with another office banter episode this week! This time we talked all about the podcasts we love, what we’re currently listening to, and how you can find great podcasts to listen to.

Check out these links to listen to the shows we mentioned this week: Those Conspiracy Guys; In Bed with Nick and Megan; American Skyjacker; David Gilmour; Dolly Parton’s America; Serial; Athletico Mince; Ted Talks about disabilities; Mindfulness Plus; My Favorite Murder; Square Mile of Murder; BBC Sounds; Ted Talks Daily

Where to find podcasts: Reddit; Apple Podcasts; Google Podcasts

This week’s episode is another takeover by our young carers. This time Sam and Cameron talked to Thomas Michie from Young Scot. Listen in to find out about Young Scot’s great package for young carers, which offers more than the standard Young Scot package.

And if you are or you know a young carer and you’re interested in the package, follow the link below to find out more and sign up!

Young Scot Young Carer Resources

This week is all about sleep! We chatted with Vivienne Tennent from East Dunbartonshire’s Health Improvement Team about the importance of sleep, and tips and tricks if those Zs are eluding you. She gave us some great resources for further help, which are listed below. We hope you enjoy the episode and we wish you all a good night’s rest!

Sleep Resources:

How to get to sleep – NHS

National Sleep Foundation

The Sleep Council

MIND | The Mental Health Charity

For children

Sleep Scotland

For older children

Sleep problems

This week our podcast is a bit different – we’re making face masks. Current guidance in Scotland is that “in enclosed spaces, where physical distancing is more difficult and where there is a risk of close contact with multiple people who are not members of your household, you should wear a face covering. People must by law wear a face covering in shops and on public transport and public transport premises such as railway and bus stations and airports. “

Face masks can be expensive to buy, but you can make them easily yourself from old t-shirts, shirts, pyjamas etc, and the instructions are in this podcast, and we’ve backed them up with a video. And from experience – unless you are making a mask for a child, use a really big dinner plate to draw round.

In this episode we talk to Karen Heath about Self Directed Support. Karen works for Take Control, and organisation that supports people from their first enquiry about self directed support through to helping people who decide to employ their own personal assistant. Listen to find out about what self directed support is, and the support that is available. If you want to get in touch with Take Control, their telephone number is 0141 776 2219 and their email address is infoed@takectrl.org.uk.

This is a first for us as we handed over the hosting reins to Sam and Cameron, two of our young carers. They interviewed some of the people involved in the Global’s Make Some Noise fundraising challenge which took place at the end of June.