What does the Emergency Budget 2015 mean for carers? The Chancellor has set out savings of £12bn from the welfare bill, to be gained from a number of different areas including freezes to many benefits, a lowering of the benefit cap, and significant changes to Tax Credits. Carers Allowance has not been cut but carers receiving other working age benefits may see part of their income affected. Carers UK Emergency Budget Briefing provides information on what the Budget means for carers:
Applications are invited for upcoming Better Breaks Outings for children and young people (up to 20 years) with additional support needs and their families in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire:
- Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Comrie (Falkirk families), Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 August 2015
- Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Comrie (Clackmannanshire families), Wednesday 5 August 2015
- Pantomime ‘The Little Mermaid’, Macrobert Centre, Stirling (Falkirk and Clackmannanshire families), Saturday 12 December 2015
To request a place, please complete the Better Breaks Application Form available from Rebecca Fowler at the Carers Centre: phone 01324 611510, email to request a form using our contact form or download an application form here: Better Breaks Application Form.
The deadline for receipt of completed applications for the summer outing is Monday 20 July 2015 and for the Christmas outing is Friday 4 September 2015.
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.
Better Breaks outings are funded by the Scottish Government’s Short Breaks Fund
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”
The next Clackmannanshire Carers Forum will take place in Hawkhill Community Centre, Hillcrest Drive, Alloa FK10 1SB on Wednesday 1st July 2015 commencing at 10.00am. Continue reading “Clackmannanshire Carers Forum 1 July 2015”
Our Men’s Carers Group which meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Carers Centre in Bank Street, Falkirk will not be meeting in their usual location on Tuesday 14 July. Continue reading “Messing About On The Water”
As part of our Carers Week programme, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre organised an awareness raising event at Alloa Town Hall on 9th June. As the theme for Carers Week this year was ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’, the event gave members of the public the opportunity to find out about services in the local community that help to keep them healthy and active and safe in their homes. Information was also provided about carers services and support as it is estimated that 3 out of 5 people will take on a caring role at some point in their lives. Continue reading “Carers Week Success”
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This year ‘s campaign will focus on Building Carer Friendly Communities – Communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. Continue reading “Carers Week 8th – 14th June 2015”
Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre – Thursday 11 June – 11 am to 1 pm
During Carers Week, Central Carers Association (CCA) will be holding its AGM. The membership of CCA is made up of carers and those who support the aims of CCA. A voluntary Board of Directors, elected by the membership of CCA, manages Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre. Continue reading “Central Carers AGM – 11 June 2015”
Over the last few months we have been really busy at our young carers groups.
In December, over 80 young carers (YCs) attended a Christmas pantomime. Our older YCs went to see Aladdin at the MacRobert Arts Centre and our younger YCs went to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Falkirk Town Hall. Continue reading “Young Carers Group Update”
Councillor Les Sharp, Leader of Clackmannanshire Council, was joined by 22 carers, staff from the Carers Centre, Robert Stevenson (NHS Forth Valley) and David Niven (Clackmannanshire Council) to celebrate the Care with Confidence programme delivered in Clackmannanshire over the past twelve months. Continue reading “Celebrating Care with Confidence Programme”