Better Breaks Outing

Blair Drummond Safari Park
Saturday 19 March 2016

For children and young people (under 20 years) with multiple support needs in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire and their families and carers 

Click on link below to download further information including details of how to request places.  As places are limited, priority will be given to eligible families who have participated in no, or fewer, previous Better Breaks outings.

Better Breaks Safari Park Information

Carers Burns Meal

Carers in Clackmannanshire are invited to the Carers Centre Burns Meal at Dunmar House on Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 7 pm . There will be an evening meal themed around the life of Robert Burns with good chat, musical entertainment and a raffle. Carers and those they care for are welcome. Cost £5 per person. To book a place please call Sharon Morgan at the Centre in Alloa or email:

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Clackmannanshire Carers Forum

The Clackmannanshire Carers Forum meets quarterly.  It is a voice for local carers to discuss with service providers, and one another, local and national issues that affect carers and those they care for. This month the Forum will focus on:

  • Carers Rights
  • Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health Partnership Strategic Plan
  • Forth Valley Carers Card

If you are interested in attending the  Clackmannanshire Carers Forum on Wednesday 25 November, from 10 am to 1 pm at Hawkhill Community Centre, contact Ian McCourt at the Centre in Alloa.

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre - Professional

Integration of health and social care – Opportunity in Clackmannanshire

Integration of health and social care is one of Scotland’s major programmes of reform.  At its heart, health and social care integration is about ensuring that those who use services get the right care and support whatever their needs, at any point in their care journey.  As part of delivering integrated health and social care, partnerships must develop a Strategic Plan in partnership with stakeholders.

There have already been a number of events, workshops and conversations which will influence the Strategic Plan, however a discussion and engagement event for people in Clackmannanshire has been arranged. This event will be on Wednesday 7th October, 10.00am – 12 noon in Alloa Town Hall.  To register an interest in attending please call 01786 434049 or email (due to fire safety regulations there is a limit to the number of people who can attend these sessions).

If you cannot attend and would like to contribute your view on what priorities should be contained with the Strategic Plan, you can write or email:

Lesley White, Programme Manager
Health & Social Care Integration
Clackmannanshire & Stirling
Administration Area 1
Ground Floor
Administration Building
Stirling Community Hospital
Stirling, FK8 2AU


Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Careers Centre

Care With Confidence Autumn 2015 Programme

A programme of weekly Care With Confidence sessions for carers in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire will be taking place from the end of August to the end of November 2015.  Topics will include:  planning for the future; foot care; Power of Attorney; stress; Self-Directed Support and a range of other topics.  There is no cost to attend these sessions which are held from 10 am to 12 noon at the Carers Centre in Falkirk and Hawkhill Community Centre in Alloa and carers can come along to some or all of the sessions.

Further information is available from Stella McDonald at the Carers Centre, Falkirk or Ian McCourt at the Carers Centre, Alloa and a copy of the programme can be downloaded here:

Care With Confidence Programme, Falkirk, August 2015

Care With Confidence Programme, Clackmannanshire, August 2015



Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Carers Forum Coming Up

Carers are invited to have their say at local Carers Forum meetings coming up in August:

Wednesday 19th August 2015, 10.00am, Hawkhill Community Centre, 132 Hillcrest Drive, Alloa, FK10 1SB

Monday 24th August 2015, 10.00am, Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NB

The forum will be discussing the Carers Bill – National Eligibility Framework for Carers with Heather Noller from Carers Trust Scotland, the development of a Forth Valley Carers Card, and there will be news from the local Carers Representative on the Joint Integration Board.

Carers and Health and Social Care professionals are encouraged to attend. To register your attendance, please contact Ian McCourt at the Carers Centre in Alloa or Claire Crossan at the Centre in Falkirk.

Better Breaks Outings 2015 – Summer Outing Closing Date Monday 20 July 2015

Applications are invited for upcoming Better Breaks Outings for children and young people (up to 20 years) with additional support needs and their families in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire:

  • Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Comrie (Falkirk families), Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 August 2015
  • Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Comrie (Clackmannanshire families), Wednesday 5 August 2015
  • Pantomime ‘The Little Mermaid’, Macrobert Centre, Stirling (Falkirk and Clackmannanshire families), Saturday 12 December 2015

To request a place, please complete the Better Breaks Application Form available from Rebecca Fowler at the Carers Centre: phone 01324 611510, email to request a form using our contact form or download an application form here: Better Breaks Application Form.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications for the summer outing is Monday 20 July 2015 and for the Christmas outing is Friday 4 September 2015. 

Places cannot be guaranteed and priority will be given to families who have not participated in, or who have participated in fewer, previous Better Breaks outings.

Better Breaks outings are funded by the Scottish Government’s Short Breaks Fund

Short Breaks Fund Logo

Carers Week 2015

Carers Week Success

As part of our Carers Week programme, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre organised an awareness raising event at Alloa Town Hall on 9th June. As the theme for Carers Week this year was ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’, the event gave members of the public the opportunity to find out about services in the local community that help to keep them healthy and active and safe in their homes. Information was also provided about carers services and support as it is estimated that 3 out of 5 people will take on a caring role at some point in their lives. Continue reading “Carers Week Success”