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.

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

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.

Charity Concert for Carers

Coming up this Friday! A chance to get your toes tapping withThe Falkirk Tryst Orchestra – with all proceeds generously being donated to the Carers Centre.  The Orchestra will  be performing a selection of dance music, ranging from classical pieces to show tunes and traditional music at Falkirk Town Hall on Friday 9th October 2015. Tickets are on sale from The Steeple Box Office in Falkirk.  http://falkirktrystorchestra.org.uk/news.html

Carers Trust - a Network Partner

Focus Group Research: experiences of LGBT young adult carers in Scotland.

Are you 16 to 25 years old? Do you also identify as, or are you questioning whether you are, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)? Are you also a carer or do you help to look after a relative or friend – unpaid – who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems? If you answered YES to all of these questions, then you may be interested in this opportunity to participate in a research study on the lives of LGBT Young Adult Carers. Further information is available here.

Britain’s Best Breakfast

You are invited to join us for breakfast at the Carers Centre on Friday 16 October at 10 am to take part in ‘Britain’s Best Breakfast’, a national fundraising campaign organised by Carers Trust to raise money to help support carers and raise awareness of the role they play. Carers, their friends and family and members of the general public are invited to join us for a fun breakfast and make a donation of £2.  More information can be downloaded here.