Community and Dementia: Creating Better Lives in Forth Valley

STORYTELLING SESSIONS

On 27 May 2021, Life Changes Trust are hosting a conference called ‘Community and Dementia: Creating Better Lives in Forth Valley’.  It’s an opportunity for local people to share what it feels like to live in Forth Valley, when you live with dementia, care for a loved one with dementia, or work with people with dementia and/or unpaid carers.  It is also an opportunity for local groups, organisations and decision-makers to respond.

Life Changes Trust are inviting you to say what matters to you, as someone with dementia or as an unpaid carer, by attending a special session run by the Village Storytelling Centre and held before the conference.   What you and others tell us will be at the heart of the conference.

The storyteller uses stories and imaginary characters to make it easier for people to talk about dementia in a way that doesn’t feel too personal.  It is an opportunity for your voice and your thoughts to be heard, exactly as you want them to be.  Whatever you want to say is added to that of others taking part and, together, you create a hypothetical character – a person with dementia or an unpaid carer.  The ‘characters’ represent what it is like to live in Forth Valley with the experiences you have given the characters.

The storytellers analyse the conversations that have created these ‘characters’.  We draw out priorities which will be shared at the conference for discussion and responses.  The priorities will be presented with some quotes (anonymised) taken from the sessions.  You can see an example of this, delivered by Shona Cowie from the Village Storytelling Centre at the Edinburgh & Lothians event in November 2020.

There is a session for people with dementia, another for unpaid carers and a third for workers and volunteers providing support to people with dementia and unpaid carers.

Posted on behalf of Life Changes Trust

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

 

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Carers Act Evening Event on Wednesday 10 January 2018

This is an opportunity for those who were unable to attend our last Falkirk Carers Forum and participate in the co-design of local eligibility criteria to join us for an evening meeting on Wednesday 10 January 2018, 6 pm to 7.30 pm at the Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk FK1 1NB.

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

 

 

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Integration Joint Board (IJB) Carer Representative Role Remit

Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is seeking to recruit two carer representatives to the Integration Joint Board (IJB), with one as the lead and the other as a substitute. Two further drop-in sessions are being held for anyone interested to ask questions and learn more about the positions.

There are two dates arranged for the New Year:

16th January 2018 from 13.00 – 14.30 at Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Redbrae Road, Camelon, Falkirk FK1 4DD
16th January 2018 from 18.00 – 19.00 at Falkirk Community Hospital, Administration Offices, Westburn Avenue, Falkirk, FK1 5SU

To view the Carer Representative Role Remit, please click here or contact the Carers Centre.

Join the Falkirk Integration Joint Board (IJB)

Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is seeking to recruit two carer representatives and two service user representatives to the Integration Joint Board (IJB), with one as the lead and the other as a substitute for both groups.

Three drop-in sessions are being held for anyone interested to ask questions and learn more about the positions.
The first date is 15th December 2017 from 10.30 – 12.00 at Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Redbrae Road, Camelon, Falkirk FK1 4DD.

There are two more dates arranged for the New Year:
16th January 2018 from 13.00 – 14.30 at Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Redbrae Road, Camelon, Falkirk FK1 4DD
16th January 2018 from 18.00 – 19.00 at Falkirk Community Hospital, Administration Offices, Westburn Avenue, Falkirk, FK1 5SU

For more information, please click here or contact the Carers Centre.

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Clackmannanshire Carers Act Event on Friday 8 December 2017 at the Municipal Buildings, Stirling

Please join us at the Clackmannanshire Carers Act Event, 10 am to 12 noon or 2 pm to 4 pm with lunch available from 12 noon – 2 pm on Friday 8 December 2017 at the Municipal Buildings, Stirling.

This event is an opportunity to discuss pathways to accessing support, information/advice for carers, eligibility criteria, what works well now, what gaps exist, and consideration of other models of support.

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

Falkirk Carers Forum on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at The Park Hotel

Please join us for our next meeting of the Falkirk Carers Forum on Wednesday 6 December 2017, 10.45 am to 1.00 pm followed by a buffet lunch at The Park Hotel, Camelon Road, Falkirk FK1 5RY.

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 on 01324 611510.

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?

 

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre

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