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!

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.

NEW Parent Carer Evening Zoom Sessions

From this month we are starting a NEW monthly Parent Carer Evening Zoom session, which is open to all parent carers in Falkirk and Clackmannanshire!

The sessions will take place on the last Wednesday of each month, beginning next Wednesday, 24 February, and will run from 5.30 pm until 7 pm.

As well as an opportunity to speak with other parent carers, these sessions will also feature guest speakers on the following topics:

  • 24 February 2021       Making Sense of the Senses
  • 31 March 2021            Scottish Autism
  • 28 April 2021              Self Directed Support

Please click here to see the full programme of events.

If you are a parent carer living in Falkirk or Clackmannanshire and would like to attend any of these sessions, please call Cath on 07857 671347 or email catherinebrunton@centralcarers.co.uk.

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.

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!

 

Photo by David Beale on Unsplash

Care with Confidence

Care with Confidence in Falkirk: What Carers Need to Know

Who can help me with a benefits check?   Where do I go to get a MECS alarm or help at home? 

Where can I find out about Power of Attorney?   Would I be entitled to Legal Aid?

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre is offering carers an opportunity to attend local sessions that will focus on improving their confidence in caring for someone else. These sessions will also provide carers with information that will develop their knowledge and understanding to help them in their caring role.

The new Care with Confidence sessions start on Tuesday 19 June 2018, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, at the Carers Centre in Falkirk.

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 download the programme here.

Care with Confidence

Care with Confidence – Falkirk

The new Care with Confidence sessions start on Tuesday 15 May 2018, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, at the Carers Centre in Falkirk.

Hear from various professionals, about the services that are available to support carers and those they care for. Topics include MECS & Overnight MECS, Planning for Summer Holidays and Types of Dementia & Delirium.

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 download the programme here.

Care with Confidence

What Carers Need to Know at Denny Library

The Carers Centre in Falkirk is running a new programme, What Carers Need to Know, starting on Thursday 8 February to 8 March 2018 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm in Denny Library.

What Carers Need to Know is a 5 week programme designed to give carers essential information to develop confidence in their caring role.

To book a place, or for further information, please contact the Carers Centre or download a programme here.

Care with Confidence

Frontotemporal Dementia Carer Information

The Frontotemporal Dementia Carer sessions are open to carers of people with a confirmed diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia.

The monthly sessions provide information and support to carers in an informal setting. Professionals are also invited on a regular basis to talk about the clinical, social and legal aspects of care.

The programme will take place on the last Friday of each calendar month.  For more information, please download a programme here.

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre - Professional

Adult Support and Protection Event

Do you use health or social care services? Can you help?

Eight years ago, Scotland introduced a law to ‘support and protect’ adults who need help to stay safe. The law makes clear what should happen when an adult is neglected or mistreated. In the Falkirk area, an Adult Protection Committee meets regularly to improve support and protection services.

The Committee is setting up a reference group for people who use health or social care services to comment on what works best. The first meeting is on Wednesday 28 September 2016 at 11 am at the Carers Centre in Falkirk.

We hope you will come and help improve services to people. For more information contact Ian Kinsley on 07786 704111.