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

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.

We’re going back to the virtual office today for some light banter about books! A recent study by The Reading Agency shows that in the UK 31% of people are reading more during the lockdown. With that in mind, Katy spoke to Heather and Fiona about what they’ve been reading, some of their favourite authors, and more!

This episode was recorded during Carers Week and includes a discussion of why Carers Week is important and messages of thanks from our staff to carers as well as ways in which carers can continue to make caring visible to decision makers in the future.

To watch any of the Carers Week videos and our virtual variety hour, visit the What’s On section of our website here and for help with technology, get in touch about the Switched on project by calling: 0752040703.

We can’t meet people face to face, but we can meet them virtually. We know that a lot of people are not comfortable using technology, but we also know that if you can get over that fear there is a whole world out there waiting to talk to you. Carers Link has volunteers who can help you get connected, and we asked 2 carers who are Zoom newbies to tell us how they had found the experience, and the difference it had made to them.

This week we are celebrating Volunteer’s Week, when we take the opportunity to thank all of our volunteers for donating their time and skills to supporting carers and Carers Link. In this podcast we hear from people who support carers directly, as well as those who work more in the background. Thank you, all of you.

This episode is slightly different. Mandy Ferncombe, from East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership joins us to talk about how carers can look after themselves under lockdown. Mandy suggests a range of resources which can help, and include:

Quit Your Way – Quit Smoking resources, or call 0800 916 8858

NHS Inform

Scotland’s Service Directories

The Eatwell Guide

East Dunbartonshire Health Improvement Team Website

All views expressed in this podcast are solely the views of the individuals and do not necessarily represent the views of the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, or Carers Link.

Clear Your Head

Anxiety UK

In this episode we talk to Christopher & Mhairi Claire, a brother and sister who care for their father while studying at university. It’s really interesting to hear abut their caring roles, and how being a carer has many similar impacts on life whatever your age – but also some significant differences.