Fit for Life

Starting in March! Fit for Life Fitness Class – an opportunity for carers in Falkirk district over the age of 16 who are caring for an adult.

Train with a Personal Trainer, participating in a class that will be flexible and tailored to suit your needs. It will be a great opportunity to meet other carers and you will have fun as well as exercising. The sessions will run for 8 weeks as follows and you can sign up for some or all of the sessions:

11 am – 12 noon (Wednesdays) – 2, 16, 30 March and 13 April
6 – 7 pm (Wednesdays) – 9, 23 March, 6 and 20 April

Contact the Centre in Falkirk if you would like to attend.

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 Rights Day at the Carers Centre

Carers Centre Open Afternoon
Friday 20 November 2015
1.30 pm to 4 pm

Drop in to our Open Afternoon at the Centre in Falkirk on Carers Rights Day to find out about information, support and services for carers and the people they care for.

Carer Centre staff and representatives from other local organisations will be on hand with information and to answer questions – or just pop in for a cup of tea, a chat, or a healthy smoothie from our Smoothie Bar


• Benefits
• Short Breaks
• Alzheimer’s Support
• Mental Health Support
• Self Directed Support
• And more…..

Carers Christmas Lunch

The Carers Centre invites local carers to meet together for a festive Christmas lunch in December. The Christmas Lunch brings carers together at what can sometimes be a stressful and isolating time, to relax, have a break from their caring role, meet and chat with other carers and have some festive fun.

Carer Christmas lunches will take place as follows:

Park Hotel, Falkirk
Wednesday 9 December 2015
12 noon to 2.30 pm

Dunmar House, Alloa
Wednesday 9 December 2015
12 noon to 3 pm

Places are limited and require to be booked in advance. The cost of the lunch to carers is £5 (payable on booking and non-refundable). For further information or to request a booking form, contact the Centre in Alloa or Falkirk or download a booking form here:

Falkirk Christmas Lunch Booking Form

Clackmannanshire Christmas Lunch Booking Form

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Falkirk Carers Forum

The Falkirk 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:

Joint Integration Board
ALFY & Closer to home
Carers Bill
Forth Valley Carers Card

If you are interested in attending the Falkirk Carers Forum on 23 November 2015 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Carers Centre, contact Claire Crossan at the Centre in Falkirk.

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre - Carers

Fronto-Temporal Dementia Carers Group

The Falkirk Fronto-Temporal Dementia Carers Group is being set up to provide help and advice to carers and relatives of people with Fronto-Temporal Dementia.

At the moment, most support groups available in Falkirk are set up specifically for carers of Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Dementia. However, in our experience, people with Fronto-Temporal Dementias have very different needs. Many carers feel isolated from other carers as their personal situations are very different from their own.

The support group is open to the carers / relatives of the person diagnosed with Fronto-Temporal Dementia who are known to the Community Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Falkirk. Monthly meetings will be held to provide advice and social support in an informal setting.

Professionals are invited on a regular basis to talk about the clinical, social and legal aspects of care.

The group will be run by:

Alister Edmond, Community Psychiatric Nurse
Donna Mulder, Carers Training Co-ordinator, Carers Centre
Ruth Gardner, Occupational Therpist

Forthcoming meetings will take place at the Carers Centre on the following Fridays from 1.30 – 3.30 pm:  25 September, 30 October and 27 November 2015.

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.

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre - Adult Carers

Caring for someone with dementia?

If you are caring for someone who has a diagnosis of dementia, you may be interesting in forthcoming weekly sessions on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) starting at Falkirk Community Hospital on 19 October.

CST is a group intervention for people with dementia and for the family member or friend who supports them.  It has been found to significantly benefit cognitive abilities such as memory and language (the person you care for must have a diagnosis of dementia and be able to communicate adequately to participate in a group setting).

Further information can be downloaded here.  If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Louise Simpson or Kathryn Jackson, Occupational Therapists, Falkirk Community Hospital on 01324 673805.

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Care With Confidence Sessions in Denny

During September, carers are invited to Care with Confidence sessions in Denny on Managing Stress.  Sessions take place each Wednesday from 9 to 23 September at St Alexanders Church, Denny, FK6 6DL from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.  Contact the Carers Centre for more information or to book a place, or download the full programme here.