We’re hiring – again!

We’re looking to fill two full time positions for our Adult Carer Support Team in Falkirk:

    • Telephone Support Worker

Applications close on Monday 4 October! 

You can find out more about the roles and how to apply at our VACANCIES page!

We’re hiring!

We’re looking to fill three full time positions for our Young Carers and Young Adult Carers Team:

    • Young Adult Carers Worker
    • Young Carers Worker
    • Young Carers Involvement Worker

Applications close on Monday 27 September! 

You can find out more about the roles and how to apply at our VACANCIES page!

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!

Community and Dementia: Creating Better Lives in Forth Valley

STORYTELLING SESSIONS

On 27 May 2021, Life Changes Trust are hosting a conference called ‘Community and Dementia: Creating Better Lives in Forth Valley’.  It’s an opportunity for local people to share what it feels like to live in Forth Valley, when you live with dementia, care for a loved one with dementia, or work with people with dementia and/or unpaid carers.  It is also an opportunity for local groups, organisations and decision-makers to respond.

Life Changes Trust are inviting you to say what matters to you, as someone with dementia or as an unpaid carer, by attending a special session run by the Village Storytelling Centre and held before the conference.   What you and others tell us will be at the heart of the conference.

The storyteller uses stories and imaginary characters to make it easier for people to talk about dementia in a way that doesn’t feel too personal.  It is an opportunity for your voice and your thoughts to be heard, exactly as you want them to be.  Whatever you want to say is added to that of others taking part and, together, you create a hypothetical character – a person with dementia or an unpaid carer.  The ‘characters’ represent what it is like to live in Forth Valley with the experiences you have given the characters.

The storytellers analyse the conversations that have created these ‘characters’.  We draw out priorities which will be shared at the conference for discussion and responses.  The priorities will be presented with some quotes (anonymised) taken from the sessions.  You can see an example of this, delivered by Shona Cowie from the Village Storytelling Centre at the Edinburgh & Lothians event in November 2020.

There is a session for people with dementia, another for unpaid carers and a third for workers and volunteers providing support to people with dementia and unpaid carers.

Posted on behalf of Life Changes Trust

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.

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 – What to expect …

1 April 2019 marked the first anniversary of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. To find out about the rights that carers in Scotland have as a result of the Act, check out the Coalition of Carers quick guide below.

To speak to someone about your rights as a carer, or to request an Adult Carer Support Plan, please contact the Centre.

Care with Confidence

Frontotemporal Dementia Carer Information Sessions – January to March 2019

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.  Please download a programme here for more information.
Care with Confidence

Frontotemporal Dementia Carer Sessions

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 which includes sessions on Food for Thought, Stress & Distress and a Topic Choice chosen by the carers who attend will start on Friday 28 September from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.  Thereafter the group will meet on the last Friday in October and November 2018.

To book a place, or for further information, please contact Rebecca Fowler at the Carers Centre.