Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre - Young Adult Carers

Care With Confidence in Clackmannanshire

The following Care with Confidence sessions will be delivered in Clackmannanshire from January to March 2016. All sessions are free of charge and will take place in Hawkhill Community Centre from 10.00 am to 12 noon. To book your place or for further information please contact Ian McCourt on 01259 226839 or email ianmccourt@centralcarers.co.uk

Wednesday 27 January – ALFY

ALFY (Advice Line For You) is a dedicated phone line operated by nurses who will make sure you receive the right support. This advice line has just been launched in Clackmannanshire – come along to find out more.

Wednesday 10 & 17 February – Residential Care (part 1 & 2)

This session will give carers the information they need and increase confidence if having to make a decision about long-stay care.

Wednesday 9 March – Understanding New Technology

Are you puzzled by ever changing technology? Come along and find out how you could use social media, smart phones and iPads more effectively.

Wednesday 23 March – Power of Attorney

What would you do if the person you care for lost the capacity to make decisions on their own? Come along to find out about Power of Attorney and how it could impact on your caring responsibilities.

Holiday Closing Dates

The Carers Centre in Falkirk and Alloa will be closed from Thursday 24 December 2015 to Monday 4 January 2014 inclusive.

We would like to wish carers and all those we have worked with in 2015 a happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for 2016.

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

 

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Centre IT Difficulties

Due to ongoing IT problems, the Carers Centre has been unable to access email messages since Tuesday 1 December and this is likely to continue until Thursday 10 December.

For information, the following events are taking place this week:

Wednesday 9 December

  • 10 am to 12 noon, Carers Café, Carers Centre, Falkirk
  • 12 noon to 2.30 pm, Carers Christmas Lunch, Park Hotel, Falkirk
  • 12 noon to 3 pm, Carers Christmas Lunch, Dunmar House, Alloa

Saturday 12 December

  • Better Breaks Outing to Pantomime, MacRobert Centre, Stirling

Christmas Lunches and the Pantomime trip are for carers who have already booked places.  There are still some spaces available for the Christmas Lunch in Alloa.  To book a place contact Sharon Morgan at the Centre in Alloa.

If you wish to contact us regarding any of the above events, or any other matter, place call the Centre in Falkirk or Alloa

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

Information

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

Short Breaks Funding for Carers

We are pleased to announce that the Creative Breaks fund re-opened for applications in October 2015, thanks to funding received from the Scottish Government’s Short Breaks Fund. Eligible carers, young adult carers and young carers in Falkirk and Clackmannanshire who are caring for an adult can apply to the Carers Centre for grants of up to £300 for a flexible break of their choice.  The fund aims to ensure that :

  • Carers and those they care for will have improved physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Carers will feel more able to continue caring
  • Carers will have more opportunities to enjoy a life outside their caring role

Previous grants have been used for short breaks away, pampering session, cinema passes, gym membership and have included requests for more unusual activities such as gold panning!

Funding from the Integrated Care Fund in Falkirk has also allowed us to increase the amount available for grants which improve the health and wellbeing of carers of all ages in Falkirk.

As funds are limited, carers who have previously received a Creative Breaks grant will only be considered for a second grant if certain priority criteria apply and no more than two awards can be given in total.

For further information, or to make an application to the Creative Breaks Fund, contact the Carers Centre.  You can also download our Creative Breaks leaflet here:

Creative Breaks Leaflet 2015-16

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

Carers Rights Day Event

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

Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone. Come along 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, a healthy smoothie from our Smoothie Bar, or treat yourself to a free pampering session (to be booked in advance).

Information

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

Pampering

• Indian Head Massage
• Manicure
• Pedicure
• Facial
• Aromatherapy Massage

Refreshments

• Smoothie Bar
• Tea/Coffee
• Snacks

Download our Carers Rights Day event flyer here.

Training Opportunity

There is a training opportunity coming up for carers from Clackmannanshire and Falkirk – First Aid for Parents of Children with Additional Support Needs on Wednesday 2 December at 10 am in Hawkhiill Community Community Centre, Alloa. To book place, contact Sharon Morgan at the Centre in Alloa.