Forth Valley Carers Card update

We are delighted to announce that carers who are registered with us can once again apply for a Forth Valley Carers Card.

The Forth Valley Carers Card is a carer identification card that has been developed by local carers, Carers Centres, NHS Forth Valley and local authorities to ensure that carers are more easily identified by health and social care professionals and recognised and valued as equal partners in care.

To apply, please complete our online application form: form.jotform.com/CentralCarers/carers-card

If you are unable to or require help to complete the form, please call us on 01324 611510 (option 1).

Summer 2024 newsletter now available!

The summer 2024 edition of the Carers Centre’s newsletter has now been sent out to all carers and organisations currently on our mailing list to receive information by post or email. If you haven’t received a copy of the newsletter, you can download the digital version by clicking below.

In this latest edition:

        • Excellence for Carers Award 🏆
        • Become a Board Member 📌
        • Forth Valley Carers Card update 💳

If you’ve missed this edition but would like to sign up to our e-mailing list to receive future newsletters, you can do so here.

 

Current Vacancies – May 2024

The Carers Centre is a growing and forward-thinking organisation with ambition to support an increasing number of children, young people and adults who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend due to disability, illness, addiction, or frailty.

We are currently looking to fill the following roles:

        • Carer Support Worker (Hospital Discharge)
        • Carer Support Worker (Falkirk)
        • Carer Support Worker (Clackmannanshire)

Applications for these posts close on Monday 20 May 2024.

You can find out more about this role at our VACANCIES page! Or if you’d like to apply, click below!

Independant Living Fund update

We are delighted to announce that the Independent Living Fund (ILF) has fully re-opened to new applicants.

Applications to the re-opened fund should be submitted by local authority social work departments on behalf of disabled people in Scotland. ILF have issued guidance and information to all local authorities to assist them with this process.

When submitting an application, the local authority will need to make sure that a potential recipient meets the following Access Principles:

  • The person lives in Scotland.
  • They are aged 16 years or over at the time of application.
  • They access Self-Directed Support.
  • They receive a net weekly budget of at least £800 per week.

All submitted applications will be assessed by ILF Scotland. The maximum award that ILF Scotland is able to pay is £330 per week. Any funding awarded by ILF Scotland will be additional and complementary to the statutory funding provided by a person’s Local Authority.

If you meet the access principles outlined above and would like to consider applying to the fund, you should contact your local authority. You can see the contact details for your local authority on a dedicated website page.

Find out more at ILF’s website.

Easter Weekend and Support Services

The Carers Centre will be closed from Friday 29 March 2024 until Monday 1 April 2024 (inclusive), re-opening on Tuesday 2 April 2024.  Details of local support and emergency services are available below:

Carer’s Leave Act 2023 will come into force on 6 April 2024!

Final legislation passed in Parliament seals a groundbreaking new right for two million employees with unpaid caring responsibilities to take up to five days of Carer’s Leave.

It sets out the final working details of how employees will be able to request Carer’s Leave from their employer when the law comes into force on 6 April 2024. The regulations set out that employees can take Carer’s Leave in full or half days, or in a whole block of five days, and must give advance notice that is twice the length of time that needs to be taken.

The regulations for the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 make clear that employees in Great Britain with a long-term unpaid caring responsibility for a family member or friend will be able take up to five days of unpaid Carer’s Leave. They will have the same employment protections associated with other forms of family-related leave, such as protection from dismissal as a result of having taken the leave.

Read more at Carers UK’s website.

Current Vacancies – March 2024

The Carers Centre is a growing and forward-thinking organisation with ambition to support an increasing number of children, young people and adults who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend due to disability, illness, addiction, or frailty.

We are currently looking to fill the following roles:

        • Impact and Reach Lead
        • Carer Support Worker (Falkirk)
        • Carer Support Worker (Clackmannanshire)
        • Short Breaks Activity Co-ordinator

Applications for these posts close on Monday 11 March 2024, except the Carer Support Worker (Clackmannanshire) post which closes on Monday 4 March 2024.

You can find out more about this role at our VACANCIES page! Or if you’d like to apply, click below!

Creative Breaks Grants Update – January 2024

We regret that, due to limited funding for Creative Breaks grants, the 2023/24 Fund is now closed to new applications.  We will continue to process applications that have already been submitted.

We hope to re-open the Fund to new applications for the 2024/25 financial year in March 2024, and further information will be available on our website nearer the time.

Due to the increasing demand for Creative Breaks grants, there will be some changes to the eligibility criteria for this funding in 2024/25.  Unfortunately, this will include limiting the grants to carers who have not received a Creative Breaks grant within the previous 24 months.  Other eligibility criteria will apply and full details will be available when the fund re-opens.

Festive Opening Hours and Support Services

The Carers Centre will be closed from 1 pm on Friday 22 December 2023 until Tuesday 2 January 2024 (inclusive), re-opening on Wednesday 3 January 2024.  Details of local support and emergency services are available below:

  • If you need an urgent Social Work service outwith normal office hours, you can contact:
  • For information about local health services which are available during the festive period, such as GPs and Pharmacies, please visit NHS Forth Valley – Know Who To Turn To When You Are Ill.
  • There is a Minor Injuries Unit is for anyone living in NHS Forth Valley. Contact NHS 24 on 111, day or night before attending the Minor Injuries Unit, or visit Minor Injuries Unit.
  • For an A-Z of health services over the festive period, you can go to NHS Forth Valley – A-Z of Winter Services.
  • Our friends at CVS Falkirk have also put together a Wellness in Winter page on their website with lots of useful information and links – CVS Falkirk – Wellness in Winter.
  • Whatever you’re going through, Samaritan’s will face it with you. They’re there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – call for FREE on 116 123.

Finally, the staff and Board of the Carers Centre wish carers a happy, healthy and safe festive season, and we look forward to continuing to offer support in 2024.

Current Vacancies – November 2023

The Carers Centre is a growing and forward-thinking organisation with ambition to support an increasing number of children, young people and adults who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend due to disability, illness, addiction, or frailty.

We are currently looking to fill the roles of:

        • Carer Support Worker (30 hours per week)

Applications for these posts close on Monday 11 December 2023.

You can find out more about this role at our VACANCIES page! Or if you’d like to apply, click below!