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.

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.

Farewell Agnes

It’s with mixed emotions that we share with you all that our Centre Manager Agnes McMillan has announced that she will be retiring at the end of the year.

Agnes started with the Carers Centre back in November 1999 as an Information and Development worker, working in the Clackmannanshire area.  In 2009 she became Project Manager for the Clackmannanshire service and the Carer Information Strategy project, before stepping into the Centre Manager role in October 2012 – and the rest, as they say, is history! Over the years Agnes has guided us to many, many achievements and has helped grow the organisation into what it is today.

Agnes will be missed by everyone here at the Centre and the wider carer community. So please join us in wishing all the best for a long and healthy retirement!

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!

Winter 2023 newsletter now available!

The winter 2023 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:

        • We bid a fond farewell to one of our longest serving members of staff 👋
        • We have information about our Christmas Lunches and ‘5 Days of Christmas’ Prize Draw 🎄
        • and much more!

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.

 

Creative Breaks Grants Update – September 2023

All the funding made available to the Carers Centre from the Short Breaks Fund has now been allocated. New applications cannot be accepted at this time. We are working to secure further funding and hope to be able to reopen applications for Creative Breaks grants in December 2023. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates.

If you would like to discuss your caring role, or find out about what other short breaks opportunities are currently available, please call us on 01324 611510, and select either option 1 for Falkirk, option 2 for Clackmannanshire, or option 3 for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers.