Digital Carers Card during COVID-19

Carers cards are usful tools for carers to help you be more easily identified as someone who provides care. Since the COVID-19 lockdown began, we have continued to issue Carers Cards to carers in a digital format.

Carers who would like a Carers Card, and who have not had one previously, will 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.

 

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Business Administrator Vacancy – January 2021

We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated applicants who can demonstrate the ability to use their own initiative and a commitment to teamwork to join us as a Business Administrator!

The post-holder will be responsible for the provision of office, administration, HR and finance support for the organisation.  To achieve this, the post requires candidates who are proficient in using Microsoft Word and Excel.  In addition, previous experience of using SAGE, or a similar accounting package, would be advantageous.

For more information about this post, please visit our Vacancies page!

Festive opening hours and support services

The Carers Centre staff team has been working from home providing support to local carers by telephone, email and online since March.  The service will close from Friday 25 December 2020 until Monday 4 January 2021 (inclusive), re-opening on Tuesday 5 January 2021.  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 look forward to continuing to offer information and support in the New Year.

12 Days of Christmas Raffle! 🎄

Instead of our usual Christmas Carers Lunch, this year we are going to run 12 Days of Christmas Raffle with 12 prizes being given out daily from 1 December.

This is free to enter! All carers have to do is register by phone or email us, making sure to include their contact telephone number.

Prizes include: gift vouchers for local businesse and local experiences!

Keep an eye on our social media for more information!

Merry Christmas from the team at Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre 🎅🎄

Call: 01324 611510

Email: centre@centralcarers.co.uk

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.

 

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Falkirk Carers Forum on Wednesday 19 February 2020

Please join us for our next meeting of the Falkirk Carers Forum on

  • Wednesday 19 February 2020 at Trinity Church, Falkirk
  • 10.45 am to 1 pm followed by a buffet lunch

The meeting will include a presentation by Marina Harper from Caesar & Howie on the Accident Claims Service, which, in conjunction with Age Scotland, seeks to give older people in Scotland a fairer service when it comes to making a personal injury claim. There will also be an opportunity for carers to discuss and request future forum topics and speakers. A link to the meeting agenda can be found below.

To book a place please email susandocherty@centralcarers.co.uk or telephone the Centre in Falkirk on 01324 611 510.

February 2020 Carers Forum Agenda.

 

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)

Care with Confidence

Care with Confidence Falkirk Programme – April to May 2019

The new Care with Confidence sessions start on Tuesday 30 April 2019, 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 Dementia – Coping with Change using Psychological Approaches, how to avoid Scams, how to Handle with Care and find out more about the Dementia Outreach Team and Alzheimer Scotland.

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

Care with Confidence

Care with Confidence Programme – Falkirk

The new Care with Confidence sessions start on Tuesday 26 March 2019, 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 Dementia – Coping with Change using Psychological Approaches, Discharge Planning after a Hip Fracture, and find out more about Pharmacy Services.

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 link below:

Programme