Better Breaks Family Outings Summer 2018

Applications are invited for the Better Breaks Outing for children and young people (up to 20 years) with additional support needs and their families across Falkirk and Clackmannanshire:

  • East Links Family Park, Dunbar, Wednesday 25 July 2018, 10 am till 4.30 pm.  Please bring a packed lunch.
  • Pals Inclusive play park, Pittencreiff Park, Dunfermline, Wednesday 1 August 2018, 10 am till 3.30 pm.  This will be a smaller outing, please contact the Centre to discuss further.
  • Glasgow Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship, Glasgow, Thursday 9 August, 10 am till 4.30 pm.  Lunch will be provided.

Transport will be made available to those families who require it and would like to travel with the larger group.  Families are also welcome to self-travel and attend independently.  As in previous years, and in keeping with Better Breaks funding criteria, a small contribution of £2.50 per head will be required towards admission.

To apply for a place on the trips, please complete the Better Breaks Application Form and submit as soon as possible. Application forms are available on request by calling the Carers Centre on 01324 611510, emailing centre@centralcarers.org or by downloading a form below:

Better Breaks Application Form

Please complete the application form as soon as possible.  East Links Family Park application deadline is Wednesday 13 July.  Pals and Glasgow Riverside Museum is Wednesday 18 July at 5 pm.

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.

 

 

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Carers Act Evening Event on Thursday 15 February 2018

With the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 in April 2018, local authorities are required to publish local eligibility criteria outlining the levels of support carers can expect. This is another opportunity for carers in Falkirk, who were unable to attend the December event at the Park Hotel to participate in the co-design of local eligibility criteria, to join us for an evening meeting on Thursday 15 February, 6 pm to 7.30 pm at the Carers Centre.
The meeting will include an update on the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and the opportunity to be involved with partners in health and social care to determine how the needs of local carers will be met in the future. If you would like more information or to book a place, please contact the Centre.

For more information on Falkirk Carers Eligibility Criteria 2018 consultation click here.

 

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Carers Act Evening Event rescheduled to Thursday 15 February 2018

Please note that the Carers Act Evening Event to be held on Wednesday 10 January 2018 has been rescheduled to Thursday 15 February 2018, 6 pm to 7.30 pm at the Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk FK1 1NB.

With the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 in April 2018, Local Authorities are required to publish local eligibility criteria outlining the levels of support carers can expect. Carers in Falkirk who were unable to attend the December event at the Park Hotel to involve carers in the design of the eligibility criteria are invited to attend this event in February.

The meeting will include an update on the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and the opportunity to be involved with partners in health and social care to determine how the needs of local carers will be met in the future.

To book a place, please contact the Centre at centre@centralcarers.co.uk

For further information and to participate in an online survey seeking the views of carers on Falkirk eligibility criteria for carer support, visit:  https://say.falkirk.gov.uk/social-work-adult-services/falkirk-carers-eligibility-criteria

 

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Carers Forum 2017

Carers Forum meetings take place quarterly in Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. They provide an opportunity for local carers to discuss local and national issues that affect carers, and those they care for, with service providers and other carers.

Falkirk Forum Dates:

22 February 2017
24 May 2017
30 August 2017
29 November 2017

If you are interested in attending the Falkirk Carers Forum from 11 am to 1 pm, followed by lunch at the Carers Centre, contact the Centre in Falkirk.

Clackmannanshire Forum Dates:

15 February 2017
17 May 2017
13 September 2017
22 November 2017

If you are interested in attending the Clackmannanshire Carers Forum from 10 am to 12.30 pm (venue to be confirmed), contact Ian McCourt – telephone: 01259 226838 or email: ianmccourt@centralcarers.co.uk

Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshops

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), working with Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre, is offering information sessions and workshops for parents/carers of school aged children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These sessions are open to those who have received a diagnosis for their child and have not accessed the CAMHS Parents Group or an Early Bird programme in the past.

These sessions will be available in January through March 2017. To find out more, you can download the programme here.

Carers Panel for Research Project

Local carers are being invited to participate in a Stirling University reasearch project on understanding and capturing how carers use their time.  If you would like to be part of a Carers Panel which meets for 2 hours on up to 6 occasions between January 2016 and September 2017, contact Rosie Ashoworth on 01786 467728 or email:  rosalie.ashworth@stir.ac.uk.  Although this cannot be paid, reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed and you will receive a £30 high street voucher for each meeting attended.

Falkirk Health and Social Care Integration – Your Views

It is important that carers and those they care for have the opportunity to influence the way local health and social care services are developed and delivered.

The Integration of Health and Social Care is the Scottish Government’s programme to improve services for people who use adult health and social care services.  Falkirk Council and NHS Forth Valley have compiled a Draft Strategic Plan for integration which sets out how services will be delivered across the Falkirk area over the next three years.

Follow the link to express your opinions on Falkirk’s Strategic Plan.  The closing date is 31 December 2015.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hsci2015

 

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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.

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Ballot Open For Carers Parliament

The 2015 Carers’ Parliament will be held on 6th October at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

Two places are allocated by ballot – which is drawn by carers – for each of the 73 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies. A small number of additional places have been reserved for carers who are contributing to the programme, for example as members of the steering group or speakers for the workshops and to ensure minority groups and young carers are represented. Continue reading “Ballot Open For Carers Parliament”