Carers Week 2020!

“This Carers Week, we’re recognising that now, more than ever before, it’s time for us to come together and help Make Caring Visible. Everyone has a part to play in making sure carers are seen, heard, and understood; and helping them to get the support they need to care.”

The 2020 Carers Week will run from Monday 8 June until Sunday 14 June. To celebrate Carers Week, we have put together an extensive programme of events running throughout the week, including: The Big Carers Quiz!, a Cool Creatures Watch Party on Facebook, and more! To find out more and to view our full programme, 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 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.

Care with Confidence

Care with Confidence Clackmannanshire Programme – June to August 2020

The next Care with Confidence sessions in Clackmannanshire will start on Wednesday 3 June 2020, 10 am to 12 noon. Due to the current lockdown that is in place, all sessions will take place on Zoom.  All carers are welcome and there is no cost to attend sessions.

Topics include ‘Adult Carer Support Plans and Emergency Planning’, Online SCAMs, Power of Attorney and more! Please click the link below 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.

Click here for programme

Carers and PPE

Carers and PPE

Carers who normally provide personal care (help with washing or dressing) to a family member or friend who has a long-term illness or disability should continue to use PPE if they normally use, accessed through their normal supply route.

NO ADDITIONAL PPE IS REQUIRED UNLESS THE CARER OR THE CARED-FOR PERSON IS IN THE SHIELDING CATEGORY or HAS SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19.

If a carer provides personal care but cannot access PPE through their normal support route, they may be eligible to receive PPE from their local authority via a local Hub, if:

  • The carer and/or the cared-for person:
    • has symptoms of Covid-19 (and alternative care cannot be provided)
    • is in the shielding category
    • is over 70
  • The carer works outside the home
  • The cared-for person has an underlying condition

If you are a carer and you think the above applies to your situation, please contact the Carers Centre on 01324 611510 or email centre@centralcarers.co.uk for further information or to discuss your requirements.

Information and advice for carers providing personal care is available on the Scottish Government website using the link below:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-unpaid-carers-providing-personal-care/

 

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Carers Card – COVID-19 update

Since the COVID-19 lockdown began, we have been inundated with requests for Carers Cards. Normally, our personalised credit card style Forth Valley Carers Cards are produced at the Carers Centre and posted out to carers, however, this is no longer an option with staff working from home.

We recognise the benefits that having a Carers Card can bring at this time, and so we have been working hard behind the scenes to develop an alternative to the physical card.

Carers who would like a Carers Card, and who have not had one previously, will now be issued with a digital Carers Card, specifically designed to be used on your phone for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown.

To receive a digital Carers Card, please complete the digital referral form linked below:

Click here to complete referral form

If you have previously had a Forth Valley Carers Card that has now expired, please complete the Contact Us form on our website, and ask to be emailed with a letter that can be used alongside your existing expired card.

If you are working with someone who does not have access to the internet or an email address, please ask them to contact the number below.

For further information, please contact us on 01324 611510 and leave a message, or email centre@centralcarers.co.uk.

 

Carers Centre Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – IMPORTANT NOTICE

The Carers Centre is now closed in line with Government guidance in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is to minimise the risk to members of the public and to our staff.

We will continue to provide information and support to carers by telephone or email. For help and advice, please call and leave a message and someone will call you back:

01324 611510

or email:

centre@centralcarers.org.

Information will also be available from our website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

For help and advice from the Citizen Advice Bureau Benefits Adviser, please call:

01324 626070

or email:

bureau@falkirkcab.casonline.org.uk.

Telephone calls and emails to CAB will be answered during office hours.

We will continue to monitor government advice and will keep our service under continual review until the Coronavirus threat subsides. Thank you for your understanding.

 

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F&C Carers Centre COVID-19 update

Please note:

In light of the recent COVIDー19 outbreak, ALL Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre organised activities, including groups and face-to-face support, are postponed until further notice.

We will provide further information and updates in the coming days.

 

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COVID-19 – Scottish Government unpaid carers advice

The Scottish Government have provided general advice for unpaid carers in relation to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

“Coronavirus advice for unpaid carers Anyone providing regular support to a vulnerable friend or relative will want to do what they can to protect their own health and that of those they look after during the coronavirus outbreak.

Like everyone, unpaid carers (including young carers) and people being cared for should familiarise themselves with the public health advice on how to protect themselves from infection.

As the situation is changing quickly, the guidance may also change, so carers should therefore check regularly to make sure they are following the latest guidance at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19.

Carers who don’t already have an emergency plan in place may want to talk with family & friends about who could take over their caring role if they become ill or need to self-isolate – particularly while social work services are under additional pressure.

It will also be important to make sure you have key information about the person you care for easily available – so that anyone taking over care has all the information they need.

Where carers and family and friends are unable to provide essential care for someone, they should contact their local social work department. Contact details here: https://socialworkscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Social-Work-Departments-Contact-Information-Website-version.pdf.

See NHS 24 for advice on coronavirus symptoms; precautions to take; and what to do if you think you may have become ill with coronavirus – nhs24.scot.”

 

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Care with Confidence

Care with Confidence Falkirk Programme – February to March 2020

The next Care with Confidence sessions in Falkirk start on Tuesday 25 February 2020, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, for three weeks at at the Carers Centre in Falkirk.  All carers are welcome and there is no cost to attend sessions.

Hear from various professionals about the services that are available to support carers and those they care for. Topics include Dementia – It’s in Your Approach, The Scottish Ambulance Service, and Self Directed Support (SDS).

For further information, to book a place, or if you require alternative care for the person you care for so that you can attend, please contact Donna Mulder at the Carers Centre or click on the programme below:

Programme

Carer Singing Group!

Do you enjoy singing? Our Carers Singing Group begins this coming Monday 3 February at 11am in Falkirk Carers Centre, and will run for 6 weeks!

Whether you are new to the group, or returning, please share your talented vocals with us and enjoy a sing-a-long with other carers!

No need to book a place, just turn up on the day and our support worker Jason will be here waiting with a hot brew and a biscuit for you!

 

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Carers Christmas Lunch 2019

Local carers are invited to a festive Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 10 December 2019 from 12 noon to 2 pm.

The Carers Christmas Lunch brings carers together to relax, have a break from their caring role, meet and chat with other carers and have some festive fun.

Lunches will be held at the Grange Manor Hotel in Falkirk FK3 8XJ and Dunmar House in Alloa FK10 2EN.

For further details and to book a place, please download a Christmas Lunch flyer below.  Places are limited and require to be booked in advance.

Carers Christmas Lunch Booking Form (Falkirk)

Carers Christmas Lunch Booking Form (Clackmannanshire)