Knit, Natter and Raise Money for Local Carers

Staff and carers are busy knitting ‘twiddlemuffs’ to sell at the Falkirk Charities Day on Saturday 19 August.

A twiddlemuff is a double thickness knitted muff with bits and bobs attached inside and out.  It provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation.  At the same time it keeps hands snug and warm or it can be used on the arm to cover cannulas and stop people with dementia pulling them out.

We thought it might be more fun to meet together and have a tea or coffee and a blether as we knit.  Sessions will be held at the Centre in Falkirk on Tuesdays 1, 8 and 15 August, 6 pm – 9 pm.  Come for as long or short as you want.  We can provide knitting needles, wool and items to sew onto the muffs.

Why not come and join us?

 

Better Breaks Family Outing 17 August 2017

 

Applications are invited for a Better Breaks Outing for children and young people (up to 20 years) with additional support needs and their families in Falkirk District and Clackmannanshire to visit Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday 17 August 2017, 10 am till 4.30 pm, please provide a packed lunch for your family.

Transport to the venue will be made available for families who require it and who would like to travel with the group. Families are also welcome to travel and attend independently.

This year, in order to sustain these trips and in keeping with Better Breaks criteria, a small contribution will be required at £2.50 per head towards admission for everyone attending.

To request a place for the Science Centre, please complete the Better Breaks Application Form which you can request from the Admin Team at the Carers Centre, by phone, email, popping into the Centre, or by using our website contact form, or download the application form here:

The deadline for receipt of completed applications for this outing is Thursday 3 August at 5 pm. Places cannot be guaranteed and priority will be given to families who have not participated in any, or who have participated in fewer, previous Better Breaks outings.

Falkirk Charities Day – Twiddle Muffs

The Carers Centre is taking part in Falkirk Charities Day and we are keen to raise as much as we can for the Centre.

One of our products will be a twiddle muff…yes it’s a thing.  A Twiddle Muff is a double thickness hand muff with bits and bobs attached inside and out. It provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation whilst at the same time keeping hands snug and warm.

If you would like to help, or know someone that can, please download the knitting pattern here. There are no restrictions on colours or types of bits & bobs – as long as it’s interesting and colourful!

We must receive donations at the Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NB by Friday 18 August 2017 at 12 noon. As this is for a fundraising event, we cannot reimburse people for any materials used.

Carers Week Programme, Falkirk

The Carers Centre has organised a programme of activities for carers in Falkirk and Clackmannanshire to celebrate Carers Week, 12 – 18 June 2017.

Clackmannanshire events are now fully booked.  To see events happening in Falkirk during Carers Week, click here.

Better Breaks Family Outing 17 June 2017

 

Applications are invited for a Better Breaks Outing for children and young people (up to 20 years) with additional support needs and their families in Falkirk District and Clackmannanshire to visit Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston, on Saturday 17 June 2017, 10 am till 4.30 pm where lunch will be provided.

Transport to the venue will be made available for families who require it or for those who would like to travel with a group. Families are also welcome to travel and attend independently.

This year, in order to sustain these trips and in keeping with Better Breaks criteria, a small contribution will be required at £2.50 per head towards admission for everyone attending.

To request a place for Almond Valley, please complete the Better Breaks Application Form which you can request from the Carers Centre, by phone or email, or by using our website contact form, or download the application form here:

Better Breaks Application Form

The deadline for receipt of completed applications for this outing is Thursday 8 June at 5 pm. Places cannot be guaranteed and priority will be given to families who have not participated in any, or who have participated in fewer, previous Better Breaks outings.

Newsletter, Summer 2017

The Carers Centre newsletter, Summer edition, has been sent out to carers and organisations who are on our mailing list to receive information by post or email. You can also view or download the newsletter by clicking here.

The new Clackmannanshire Care with Confidence sessions run from Wednesday 19 April to Wednesday 10 May 2017, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm, at the Hawkhill Community Centre in Alloa.

Hear from various professionals, about the services that are available to support carers and those they care for.

Topics will be Advanced Directives, Worry, Patient Relations and Mini Steps to Better Nutrician

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.

The new Falkirk Care with Confidence sessions run from Tuesday 18 April to Tuesday 30 May 2017, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, at the Carers Centre in Falkirk.

Hear from various professionals, about the services that are available to support carers and those they care for.

Topics will be Advanced Directives, Wills, Dementia & Continence Care, Patient Relations, Diabetes, Worry, Reminiscence, and The Dementia Outreach Team.

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.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Sessions

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.

If you have any questions about the content or suitability of the group for you, then please contact: Michelle Henderson (Speech and Language Therapist) on 01324 610846 or Kirsty Murphy (Clinical Associate in Psychology) on 01786 454546 or download the programme here

Fronto Temporal Dementia Carer Sessions

The Centre in Falkirk is running a programme of Fronto Temporal Dementia Carer Sessions from April to June 2017, starting on Friday 28 April.  The sessions are open to carers of people with a confirmed diagnosis of Fronto Temporal 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.  Contact the Centre or download a programme here for more information.