Herbert Protocol – national launch

POLICE SCOTLAND is adopting a single national process called the Herbert Protocol, which enables police officers to quickly obtain vital information about vulnerable people who have been reported missing.

The implementation has been developed through a partnership between Police Scotland, Health & Social Care Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Government.

We’re supporting Police Scotland and the national launch of the Herbert Protocol. If you care for someone with dementia and worry they may go missing, you can fill in the form and have it ready, just in case you need to give police information on a vulnerable missing person.

You can access the form, as well as more information by clicking this link.

 

 

 

We’re hiring – again!

We’re looking to fill two full time positions for our Adult Carer Support Team in Falkirk:

    • Telephone Support Worker

Applications close on Monday 4 October! 

You can find out more about the roles and how to apply at our VACANCIES page!

We’re hiring!

We’re looking to fill three full time positions for our Young Carers and Young Adult Carers Team:

    • Young Adult Carers Worker
    • Young Carers Worker
    • Young Carers Involvement Worker

Applications close on Monday 20 September! 

You can find out more about the roles and how to apply at our VACANCIES page!

New phone system

In the last few months we have implemented a new telephony system, which we hope will enable us to better support you when you get in touch.

Moving forward, ALL calls, including from those living in Clackmannanshire, should be made to 01324 611 510. Once you call us, you will be given 4 options to pick from to access the appropriate team:

  • Option 1 – Adult Carer Support (Falkirk)
  • Option 2 – Adult Carer Support (Clackmannanshire)
  • Option 3 – Young Carers and Young Adult Carers Support
  • Option 4 – All other enquiries

If you need to call us when we’re closed, you will be given the option to leave a voicemail message. If you do, please leave you name, phone number, and reason for calling – someone will call you back as soon as possible!

 

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Carers Week 2021 – Manager’s Report 2020-21

The last year has certainly brought about more unusual challenges than we might have expected going into 2020!

Here’s a review of what we’ve been able to carry out since the beginning of the pandemic, and the ways in which we’ve adapted to continue helping as many carers as possible!

Care with Confidence

Care with Confidence (Thursday) Programme – June 2021

Care with Confidence sessions are due to take place on Thursday’s throughout June. Due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, all sessions will take place on Zoom between 10.30 am and 12 noon.  All carers are welcome and there is no cost to attend sessions.

The programme overview for this session is:

  • 03 June 2021                 Brave Heart
  • 10 June 2021                 Carers Week
  • 17 June 2021                  Exercise for the Brain – Learning a Second Language
  • 24 June 2021                 Walking Aids

Please click here to see the full programme.

If you are a carer living and would like to attend any of these sessions, but are not sure how to go online, or how to join a Zoom meeting, please call Catherine Brunton on 07857 671347 or email catherinebrunton@centralcarers.co.uk.

Carers Week 2021!

“This year, carers across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

 

They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding. So during Carers Week, we’re coming together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued.” ~ www.carersweek.org

 

Carers Week 2021 will run from Monday 7 June until Sunday 13 June. To celebrate Carers Week, we have put together an extensive programme of events running throughout the week, including: The Big Carers Week Raffle!, a Cool Creatures Watch Party, and more! To find out more about what’s happening, click this link!

Please note, all of our Carers Week activities and groups will use Zoom, so if you would like any help with accessing Zoom, please contact us on 01324 611510 (option 4) or email centre@centralcarers.co.uk and one of the team will be happy to help.

For carers who have no access to the internet, our support workers are here daily and available to help with any information, advice or support you need as a carer. Please call us if you need to talk on 01324 611510.

Patricia Cassidy, Chief Officer of Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership said: “I hope this Carers Week not only celebrates the invaluable work of unpaid carers across the Falkirk area, but also helps raise awareness of the many different ways someone can be a carer.

 

“Many people don’t realise the support they provide for their family member, close friend or even their neighbour, could make them a carer. I would encourage everyone to share the campaign’s messages, and if they see themselves in the stories of carers, please access the wonderful support provided by the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre.

Care with Confidence

Care with Confidence Falkirk Programme – May to June 2021

The next Care with Confidence sessions for Falkirk will begin from Tuesday, 25 May. Due to the current restrictions that are in place, all sessions will take place on Zoom and take place between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.  All carers are welcome and there is no cost to attend sessions.

The programme overview for this session is:

  • 25 May 2021                    Sensory Issue and Dementia
  • 01 June 2021                    Electric Cars & E-Bikes
  • 07-11 June 2021               Carers Week

Please click here to see the full programme.

If you are a carer living in Falkirk and would like to attend any of these sessions, but are not sure how to go online, or how to join a Zoom meeting, please call Donna Mulder on 07824 381280 or email donnamulder@centralcarers.co.uk.

Care with Confidence

Care with Confidence Clackmannanshire Programme – May 2021

The next Care with Confidence sessions for Clackmannanshire will begin from Wednesday, 19 May. Due to the current restrictions that are in place, all sessions will take place on Zoom.  All carers are welcome and there is no cost to attend sessions.

The programme overview for this session is:

  • 19 May 2021               10 am             Bowel Cancer Awareness
  • 25 May 2021               2 pm              Power of Attorney
  • 26 May 2021              10 am             Visiting Friends with Dementia

Please click here to see the full programme.

If you are a carer living in Clackmannanshire and would like to attend any of these sessions, but are not sure how to go online, or how to join a Zoom meeting, please call Tracy Gibson on 07818 592992 or email tracygibson@centralcarers.co.uk.

Community and Dementia: Creating Better Lives in Forth Valley

STORYTELLING SESSIONS

On 27 May 2021, Life Changes Trust are hosting a conference called ‘Community and Dementia: Creating Better Lives in Forth Valley’.  It’s an opportunity for local people to share what it feels like to live in Forth Valley, when you live with dementia, care for a loved one with dementia, or work with people with dementia and/or unpaid carers.  It is also an opportunity for local groups, organisations and decision-makers to respond.

Life Changes Trust are inviting you to say what matters to you, as someone with dementia or as an unpaid carer, by attending a special session run by the Village Storytelling Centre and held before the conference.   What you and others tell us will be at the heart of the conference.

The storyteller uses stories and imaginary characters to make it easier for people to talk about dementia in a way that doesn’t feel too personal.  It is an opportunity for your voice and your thoughts to be heard, exactly as you want them to be.  Whatever you want to say is added to that of others taking part and, together, you create a hypothetical character – a person with dementia or an unpaid carer.  The ‘characters’ represent what it is like to live in Forth Valley with the experiences you have given the characters.

The storytellers analyse the conversations that have created these ‘characters’.  We draw out priorities which will be shared at the conference for discussion and responses.  The priorities will be presented with some quotes (anonymised) taken from the sessions.  You can see an example of this, delivered by Shona Cowie from the Village Storytelling Centre at the Edinburgh & Lothians event in November 2020.

There is a session for people with dementia, another for unpaid carers and a third for workers and volunteers providing support to people with dementia and unpaid carers.

Posted on behalf of Life Changes Trust