Festive Opening Hours and Support Services

The Carers Centre will be closed from Monday 27 December 2021 until Tuesday 4 January 2022 (inclusive), re-opening on Wednesday 5 January 2022.  Details of local support and emergency services are available below:

Finally, the staff and Board of the Carers Centre wish carers a happy, healthy and safe festive season, and we look forward to continuing to offer support in 2022.

We’re hiring!

We are currently looking to fill the role of:

    • Admin Worker (35 hours)

Applications close on Monday 10 January 2022.

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

Carers Right’s Day 2021

CARERS RIGHTS DAY 2021 will be held on Thursday 25 November, and to mark the day, the Carers Centre is hosting a special video call from 12 noon.

We’ll be joined by Allan Robertson from Social Security Scotland, who will provide information on the changes to certain benefits and what this will mean to carers; our own Laura McKenzie, who will give an update on the Local Carers Strategy Review; as well as the carer representative on the Falkirk Health & Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board, Morven Mack.

Click here to view the full agenda!

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, we believe that it’s important that you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. Each year, Carers Rights Day helps us:

  • ensure carers are aware of their rights
  • let carers know where to get help and support
  • raise awareness of the needs of carers.

This year’s Carers Rights Day campaign will focus on raising awareness of the rights that unpaid carers have. The pandemic has had a massive impact on the lives of carers, affecting access to services, the ability to juggle work and care and much more. That’s why it’s more important than ever that carers are aware of what they have the right to.

 

Carers UK

To find out more, or to join the session, please contact Susan Docherty on 01324 611 510 (option 4), or email susandocherty@centralcarers.co.uk.

Election of the next carer representative to Clackmannanshire IJB

At the next Clackmannanshire Carers Forum, taking place on Thursday 18 November, a vote will be taken to elect the next Clackmannanshire carer representative to Clackmannanshire & Stirling Health & Social Care Partnership’s Integration Joint Board (IJB).

There is one nominee for this post, Paul Morris. You can find out more about Paul below. If you would like to attend the forum, please contact Nicola Weedon on 01324 611510 (option 2), or email nicolaweedon@centralcarers.co.uk.

 

My name is Paul Morris.  I am father to two boys, married and work full time as Project Manager for the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal.

 

I, alongside my wife Susan, am a full time carer to my eldest son, around all aspects of his life and across every aspect of my own.  My family lives in alloa and has done so for 20 years.  I have lived in Clackmannanshire since I was a toddler.

 

My eldest son, Lachlan, is a bright, outgoing 14 year-old boy, who attends Alloa Academy.  He has quadriplegic choreo-athetoid cerebral palsy and requires support in every aspect of life. Lachlan communicates using an eyegaze device, the Tobii i-12+, which also acts as his window to the world via the worldwide web.

 

Educated to postgraduate level, I have two decades of work experience in policy, politics and economic development.  I have worked with elected representatives at all levels and developed policy and strategy documents in many fields, including two manifestos at Glasgow level, a report on the Scottish Labour Market in 2006, a Social Enterprise Strategy for Glasgow and others.  This work experience has provided me with valuable insights into the processes in place to effect change.

 

Alongside my extensive experience through work, I have been a trustee of Cerebral Palsy Scotland (previously Bobath Scotland) since 2015.  This national, multi-million pound charity, provides support to children and adults with motor difficulties associated with cerebral palsy.

 

My biography is available on LinkedIn.

We’re hiring!

We’re looking to fill these positions for our Young Carers and Young Adult Carers Team:

    • Young Adult Carers Worker
    • Young Carers Worker (Maternity Leave)

We are also looking to fill these roles:

    • Admin Worker (35 hours)
    • Carer Support Worker (21 hours)

Applications close on Monday 29th November

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

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 27 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!