Your ‘new look’ Haven centre is now open !

If you or someone you know or care for has a life limiting illness then The Haven can offer emotional support. We aim to improve the quality of life of our clients and support them to live life positively and with hope.

The Haven is open to clients: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Drop in or call 01555 811846 for an appointment.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite the local community to visit the new building. We are very proud of the centre and would love to show you around.

We will be having ‘open doors’ events during April.

18th April 10 – 12pm & 1 – 3pm

24th April 10 – 12pm & 1 – 3pm

Come and meet The Haven Team

36 Manse Road, Forth ML11 8AJ

Tel: 01555 811846


South Lanarkshire Carers Network Consultation Event 2017

Alona Hotel – Strathclyde Park, Motherwell – Wednesday 29th March




Lanarkshire Carers Centre have scheduled a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) training session for Carers, which is available for registration on our website:



Breaking the Rules for Better Care Week. Day 4

Still time to have your say . . .


As you know, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership is proud to be participating in Breaking the Rules for Better Care Week.

We’ve joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and other members of the IHI Health Improvement Alliance Europe in the effort to provide a better experience for service users, patients and staff.

The feedback gleaned as a result of this week has the potential to profoundly enhance the experiences of our service users, their families, community members, our staff and partners over the weeks, months, and years ahead.

All you need to do is answer this simple question:

If you could break or change one rule to create better care for people in South Lanarkshire, what would it be and why?

You can respond by emailing: bettercare@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

Alternatively you can take our online questionnaire. It’s quick and easy to fill out and all answers are anonymous.

The findings and outputs will be used to inform some of our short, medium and long term priorities.




Breaking the Rules for Better Care Week: Day 3 

Have you had a light bulb moment?




South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership is proud to be participating in Breaking the Rules for Better Care Week. The ideas are coming thick and fast – but we want to hear about any light bulb moments you’ve had.

We’re joining the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and other members of the IHI Health Improvement Alliance Europe in the effort to provide a better experience for service users, patients and staff.

The aim of this campaign is to encourage staff and people who use our services to identify and share experiences of rules, habits, policies and procedures (however well intended) which are getting in the way of better care.

Please let us know about what transformation you’d like to make, however great or small.

You can respond by emailing: bettercare@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

Alternatively you can take our online questionnaire. It’s quick and easy to fill out and all answers are anonymous.

The findings and  outputs will be used to inform some of our short, medium and long term priorities.


Val De Souza  – Director of Health and Social Care
South Lanarkshire Council

The staff and board of South Lanarkshire Carers Network welcomed Val De Souza to the Network office.






Breaking the Rules for Better Care Week:

Day 1 – we want your views



South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership is proud to be participating in Breaking the Rules for Better Care Week running from today, Monday 27th March, and lasting until Friday 31st March.

We’re joining the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and other members of the IHI Health Improvement Alliance Europe in the effort to provide a better experience for service users, patients and staff.

The aim of this campaign is to encourage staff and people who use our services to identify and share experiences of rules, habits, policies and procedures (however well intended) which are getting in the way of better care.

Today, please consider the question:  If you could break or change one rule to create better care for people in South Lanarkshire, what would it be and why?

You can respond by emailing: bettercare@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

Alternatively you can take our online questionnaire. It’s quick and easy to fill out and all answers are anonymous.

The findings and  outputs will be used to inform some of our short, medium and long term priorities.


Breaking the Rules for Better Care Week begins on Monday  


South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership (SLH&SCP) is participating in Breaking the Rules for Better Care Week, which runs from Monday 27th  to Friday 31st of March.

From this Monday, staff and partners across SLH&SCP, as well as people who use health and social care services, are asked to help identify and share the well intentioned rules, habits, policies, and procedures that get in the way of delivering the very best care possible.

SLH&SCP is asking a simple question – if you could break or change one rule to create better care for people in South Lanarkshire, what would it be and why?
More information will follow every day next week. In the meantime, you can take an anonymous online questionnaire here or email views to bettercare@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

The week is being led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and other members of the IHI Health Improvement Alliance Europe.


Manifesto for Carers – Local Council Elections

The National Carer Organisations have produced a Manifesto for Carers for the local council elections on the 4th of May 2017

We are calling on all candidates in the local council elections to agree to:

  • Protect funding for Carer support & ensure there are adequate resources to implement the Carers Act
  • Increase efforts to improve short breaks provision
  • Promote better, preventative support for carers of all ages
  • Improve financial support for Carers
  • Support Carers in and into employment

The Manifesto is intended to help Carers and the organisations that support them in lobbying candidates and parties in their local area.  The Manifesto and Campaign pack are available to download below

Manifesto for Carers in Scotland – Local Elections

Carers Campaigning Pack for Local Elections

The Campaign pack includes information on:

  • The number of carers in each local authority
  • Background information
  •  Registering to vote
  • The different parties and how to find you local candidates
  • Using the media and social media
  • Key messages and asks for candidates

 For more information contact The Coalition of Carers in Scotland at coalition@carersnet.org 

 Come along to the Carers Monthly Meeting
on Monday 20th March in
St. Brides Church Hall, East Kilbride



The next edition of the Carers Network News will be going to print soon, if you have anything relating to unpaid Carers you would like to submit for this edition please email to:- joyce@slcn.co.uk  


Circle Dance Workshop on Tuesday 7th March, from 11am til 1pm at the Low Parks Museum Hamilton.




As part of the ‘Young at Heart’ Festival organised by   the South Lanarkshire  Arts Development department’ there will be a Circle Dance Workshop

As you are aware unlike many other forms of dancing the majority of Circle Dances involve holding hands. This helps everyone beginners and experienced dancers to feel the energy and support of the circle. In circle dancing there are no mistakes merely variations.

Circle dancing is very beneficial as it is light to moderate rhythmical exercise and good for  memory and co-ordination. The participants say  they find the experience enjoyable meaningful and uplifting.

Circle Dancing is a wonderful way to have fun and make new friends.

The music comes countries around the  world  Middle East, The Balkans, Greece, the US and our own folk music so as we dance we  broaden our understanding of different cultures through music and dance.

I have attached a copy of the relevant page from the Young at Heart brochure and look forward to seeing many of you at the event.

Jo Freeman

Secretary Circle Dancing for All

Mob 07980050456







Can you help #FindFraser? Lanarkshire-wide search to highlight benefits of Telehealth

People across Lanarkshire are being asked to be on the lookout for a local character whose lifestyle has been transformed – by the power of text message.

The appeal follows the recent launch of an animation which shows how Telehealth, which encompasses technology like tablets and mobile phones, is helping people take care of their hearts, minds and general health.

Created by health and social care partners in North and South Lanarkshire, the short internet film tells the story of Fraser, who’s living with high blood pressure. Traditionally, that means he would have had to make regular trips to his GP to have his blood pressure monitored.

But now, thanks to the help of a system called Flo, he can text his readings from home ­- ensuring his safety and reducing the need to attend the Doctor’s surgery for routine checks.   Fraser is so independent, active and out and about you’ll now be able to find him across Lanarkshire.

And people are being asked to keep their eye out for a special poster.

Morag Hearty, Telehealth Manager of NHS Lanarkshire, explained: “Our team have been busy  distributing posters of Fraser, from leisure facilities, community centres and cafes.

“The aim is quite simple. If you see the poster, take a close up picture of Fraser with your camera phone then post on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #FoundFraser.

“Fraser himself will come back with a special reply. Alternatively, we’ve also set up a special email address for people to drop us a note on where they’ve found him. We’ll come back with information on Telehealth and how it works.”

Flo is easy and intuitive to use and is supporting people with a range of conditions and challenges including mental health, smoking cessation, diabetes, heart failure and respiratory conditions.

Morag added how Fraser’s story is based on real life testimonials and provides a practical example of the technology in action.

“Patients, like Fraser, are equipped and taught how to self monitor their own blood pressure.

“The patient then texts readings from home  to an automated system which has been specifically programmed for them.

“If necessary, the system can assist Fraser’s nurse to identify any issues at the earliest stage. And his nurse can send personalised texts to best manage the situation.

“This is all about independence, patient safety and using modern technology to enhance traditional supports.”

Val de Souza, Director of Health and Social Care for South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Telehealth is a vital component of the transformation of health and care delivery.

“It can support people to feel safe, more confident in their everyday life as well as making sure people are independent where possible.”

Janice Hewitt, Chief Accountable Officer of Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire, explained: “Our mission is to create safe, healthy and independent lives for people and Telehealth is playing a major part in making that a reality.”

You can watch the animated appeal to #FindFraser here: https://vimeo.com/198038609?lite=1

Picture captions: The Telehealth team, led by Morag Hearty, left  have distributed posters of Fraser across Lanarkshire.






Carers Monthly Meetings

Big thank you to all who came along to our first Carers monthly meeting of this year, it was a busy day. Special thanks to Julie-Anne Muir of the Scottish Fire Service, Tristin Gillespie from South Lanarkshire Council (Self Directed Support Team) and Audrey Marshall from Care & Repair.



Please come along to our first Carers Network Monthly Meeting of this year on
Wednesday 1st February in Blantyre Miners Resource Centre,
3 Calder Street, Blantyre.  

Meeting times are 10:30-12:00, with guest speakers from the Scottish Fire Service and South Lanarkshire Council on Self Directed Support with information stalls from:-

  • Scottish Fire Service
  • Care & Repair 
  • SLCN



Press Release, 27 January 2017

                                            Support for veterans in sharp focus at war movie screening


A SPECIALIST service providing coordinated, credible and accessible support for veterans is to come into sharp focus – as Mel Gibson’s new WWII film Hacksaw Ridge screens in Lanarkshire.

Veterans First Point (V1P) Lanarkshire seeks to provide support to veterans in all aspects of their lives, including welfare, housing, mental and physical well being.

V1P is staffed by a specialist team of psychologists, psychological therapists and veteran peer support workers (PSWs).  The service’s information stand and team members will be on hand from 12:45 pm ahead of the film’s matinee on Saturday, 28 January at Vue Cinema in Hamilton.

Hacksaw Ridge tells the extraordinary true story of conscientious objector, Desmond T. Doss, who refused to bear arms but won the Medal of Honor after heroically saving over 70 soldiers as a medic in Okinawa.

Dr Nicola Cogan, consultant clinical psychologist of NHS Lanarkshire and V1P explained: “We are engaging people at the heart of communities and our aim is to raise awareness of our service so we can reach veterans and their families.

“We’d encourage any veterans going along to the film on Saturday – who may feel they need support –  to stop by our stand for an informal chat. We’ll have PSWs on hand to offer more information about the support available.”

Dr Cogan added: “The PSWs ensure that veterans see someone – from the very outset – who understand the military context and have first-hand experience of the issues involved in transition from military to civilian life.

“In the longer term, PSWs and clinical staff then work collaboratively, ensuring that veterans receive coordinated support, appropriate to their needs at the time.”

Dr Jenny Ring, also of V1P, said that although the film provides an opportunity to reach those who may benefit from the service – accessing V1P is straightforward and easy for those not going along.

Dr Ring added: “People can contact us by email, phone or can just turn up to one of our access points. We will then arrange a registration appointment with one of our PSWs, where a full assessment of the veteran’s needs will be carried out and an individual plan created.”

V1P Lanarkshire is a close partnership between veterans, NHS Lanarkshire, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and the Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health (LAMH). As well as accepting referrals from across Health and Social care, including the voluntary sector, V1P also accepts self-referrals.

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The V1P team seeks to support veterans in all aspects of their lives, including welfare, housing, mental and physical well being.

More on V1P

V1P is open to anyone who has served one day or more in any of the armed forces (full-time or reserve), who needs either peer support or psychology and who wishes to use a specialist service.

It will also work with family members who are over 16, have a one degree connection to the veteran (spouse, parent, child, sibling), and who have an identified need and wish to work with a specialist service.

The service will see anyone for whom Lanarkshire is the nearest regional V1P base – they do not have to be resident in Lanarkshire.

How do I get in contact?

V1P will accept self-referrals or referrals from other agencies (statutory and voluntary sector).

 People can phone: 0300 303 3051

Email: LanarkshireV1P@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

Or just turn up at our Access Points which are:

  • North Lanarkshire
    Wishaw Library
    Houldsworth Centre
    Kenilworth Avenue
    ML2 7LP
    Fridays 11 – 2pm.
  • South Lanarkshire
    LAMH Charity Shop
    17-19 Cadzow Street
    ML3 6EE
    Tuesdays 12-3pm.







Self-directed Support (SDS) represented a major change to the way social care services are provided. The aim of SDS is for people to have more choice and control of their social care support – including where, when and how they receive services. At the same time, the social care sector faces significant challenges, such as budget pressures and increasing demand.

Audit Scotland is currently looking at how well councils, integration authorities and the Scottish Government are implementing the policy. The report, which is scheduled to be published in summer 2017, will follow up on their 2014 audit, which found that councils still had a substantial amount of work to do to make self-directed support a success.

Audit Scotland is encouraging people who use self-directed support to share their experiences in a new survey.  Please share the survey among your networks. More information is available on Audit Scotland’s website, here.




The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and Innocent drinks to combine a love of miniature things and helping older people to Love Later Life, particularly in the colder months. All hats knitted and submitted in Scotland will go towards helping older people in Scotland. Be sure to send in your little creations to Age Scotland at “The Big Knit, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PR”. Deadline for hats to be sent in is 14th July 2017. Happy Knitting! 










Happy New Year 





Scottish Government consultation exercise on the future of Oral Health

Would you like to have the opportunity to take part in the Scottish Government’s consultation exercise and help shape the future of Scotland’s Oral Health services?

If so, the Scottish Health Council is organising a series of discussion groups.  

 Who are we?

The Scottish Health Council promotes Patient Focus and Public Involvement in health and social care services in Scotland. We do this by working with NHS Boards, Integrated Joint Boards, patients and the public to ensure that Scotland’s health and social care services are developed in partnership.  The Scottish Health Council is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, which is the national healthcare improvement organisation for Scotland.

Why do we want to meet you?

The Scottish Health Council is currently supporting the Scottish Government as it seeks to engage with patients and members of the public on the future of Oral Health services in Scotland.

NHS dentistry has changed significantly over the past decade. More people are registered with a NHS dentist and we have seen an increase in the number of NHS dentists by around 30% over the last eight years. 

At this focus group we will discuss your views on your dental health, how oral health diseases can be prevented for the whole population and the cost people pay towards any dental treatment they receive.

The views of patients and members of the public are vital and will be taken into account along with views gathered from dental professionals in order to produce a new Dental Action Plan which will shape the future of oral health services in Scotland for the next 10 years or so.

How do I get involved?

We are looking for people to take part in a discussion group to be held on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

What will happen at the discussion group?

Each discussion group will have about eight to ten people taking part and will have a Scottish Health Council facilitator (someone who will help the workshop run) and a scribe (someone to take a note of discussions).  The group will begin with a presentation by Scottish Government staff who will provide some information about current oral health services and outline the key proposals for developing these services over the next 10 years or so. The session will then move into a general facilitated discussion focusing on some key points to be considered when making changes to services.

How long will the discussion group last?

Each discussion group will last about 2 hours.

Who can I talk to if I have some questions?

In the first instance, please contact the Scottish Health Council on: 01698 206403 and ask to speak to Gillian Ventura or Helen Gourlay, Local Officers.

How do I get involved?

The focus group will be held on Tuesday 17 January 2017 from 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Elder Room, 14 Beckford Street, Hamilton. Refreshments will be available and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Further information

More information about the Scottish Health Council can be found on www.scottishhealthcouncil.org.  Further information on Healthcare Improvement Scotland can be found on www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org  

The Carers Christmas Party in Blantyre Miners Welfare

Check out the Auchinraith Primary School Choir video on our Face-book page on:- www.facebook.com/slcarers

A big thank you to all who came along and made our day special and a big big thank you to the pupils of Auchinraith Primary School Choir.




For your latest edition of the Carers Newsletter contact the office on 01698 285163 or email Joyce at:- joyce@slcn.co.uk





PAMIS’ Mobiloo

PAMIS is launching its fundraising campaign for a Scottish Mobiloo on World Toilet Day, Sat 19 Nov 2016.

Mobiloo, which is based near Oxford, are bringing up their Mobiloo to support PAMIS in their launch, and to help promote the fundraising campaign.

The promotional tour is as follows:

Glasgow Science Centre – This venue has very kindly agreed that we can park the Mobiloo outside their building (it is next to BBC Scotland; hopefully they will pop over!).  The Centre is kindly offering PAMIS families reduced entry fees (to the Science Mall only): £4 with two carers having free entry.  (Usual price is £11/£9)

We would love families to come along to see/use the Mobiloo and visit the Science Centre.  The Mobiloo will be there from 10.00-14.30 on Saturday,

19 November.  Please contact PAMIS if you wish to attend,and we will send you an entry voucher.

The Kelpies – from 15.30- 17.00 on Saturday, 19 November, the Mobiloo will be parked in front of the Kelpies, so please come along if you would like a family afternoon out, including the chance to use a fully accessible toilet!


Perth Community Cultural Celebration – Sunday, 20 November, the Mobiloo will be parked in Perth town centre from 12.00 – 15.00. The exact location will be decided on the day but it will be around St John’s Place, m: 07857258597

Perth & Kinross Council information can be found at:


A PAMIS Mobiloo will give people with PMLD and complex needs the opportunities that, at the moment, are sometimes unavailable due to the lack of fully accessible toilets.

If you would like to visit the Glasgow Science Centre, please contact PAMIS at the Mobiloo for a voucher, which will allow you discounted entry.

Email: j.t.taylor@dundee.ac.uk or tel: 01382 385 154

SLCN Information Officer Joyce Brownlie with MP Margaret Ferrier at the VASlan Agm held in the
Torrance Hotel East Kilbride on Wednesday 9th November 2017





Caring Counts is a free reflection and planning course from the Open University.
It was developed with and for Carers and can help you to:

  • Reflect on your caring experience
  • Identify the skills and abilities you’ve gained from your caring role
  • Begin to look ahead and plan your next steps

The course is based around the stories and experiences of a range of Carers. It is designed to be flexible, so you can work at your own pace, online or off-line, on your own or with a group.
You can also gain a digital badge for completing the course.


If you haven’t already, click here to order your free Carers Rights Day pack.

Packs will be sent out during the week beginning Monday 14 November, including 20 free copies of our fully updated guide for Carers.  Carers UK will be in touch with more information about the new guide in the next week, including a downloadable copy.









Carers Videos

Carers Scotland have worked with Carers to produce a series of simple videos about the practical and online support available to help you care and look after your own needs.   picture1 www.carersuk.org/Scotland/videos

Each video features a Carer talking about their own experiences and the series covers topics including respite online communities, getting started online and technology for health and care. 

Please see listed below of activities being offered by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture.


Tea dance 9th Dec at Fairhill 1.30-3.30pm

Young at Heart Festival 20017 9th March – 18th March 2017.

Active arts workshops during YAH venues and times (tbc)

If you wish to attend any of these please contact Fairhill Lifestyles on 01698 456350


Updated mental health website relaunched

A website which gives the public access to instant mental health information and advice has been given a revamp.

The Lanarkshire mental health website elament has dedicated sections for adults, young people, carer’s, family and friends as well as professionals.

However, the revamped site has been designed in a way that will make it easier for users to navigate and get the help and support they are looking for quicker.

Susan McMorrin, NHS Lanarkshire senior health promotion officer, said: “NHS Lanarkshire has been engaged in a national programme to increase the use of technology enabled care with a particular focus on promoting self-help and self-management.

“We decided to look at updating and improving the elament website and this is the result.

“The site gives information on local news and self-help resources and also advice on everything from stress, anxiety, eating disorders and dementia as well as information about local services.

“There is also a ‘Get Help Now’ section for people requiring immediate support.”

Most people will experience some kind of mental health issue at some point in their life which will impact on how they think and feel.

How people think and feel affects their health, well-being and quality of life and many factors can influence mental health such as housing, jobs, schools, transport, their environment, as well as the way people live our lives.

The elament site aims to help people cope with these aspects of life during times when they are finding this a challenge.

Almost 46,000 people accessed information on the site over the last year and almost 200,000 have done so over the last four years.

Susan continued: “This shows the site is very well used and that people really do see it as a helpful place for information.

“We hope the revamped site will appeal to even more people.

“The site is for anyone who is looking for information for themselves or who may be concerned about a friend, colleague or family member.”

Users of the new revamped site are also being encouraged to give feedback, comments or improvements they would like to see.

To do this visit: http://www.elament.org.uk/contact-us/

You can access the site at: www.elament.org.uk


Photo caption: The new improved elament site was launched at a mental health event in the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Country Park. Left to right are:



Avril Cutler- Development Officer, Lanarkshire Recovery Network

Liz MacWhinney- Lanarkshire Links Manager

Susan McMorrin- Senior Health Promotion Officer

Frank Fallan- MBE Chairperson Lanarkshire Links

Kevin O’Neill- Lanarkshire Public Mental Health & Wellbeing Development Manager

Gerald Szafranek- Admin Assistant & elament support, Lanarkshire Links.









With Challenge Poverty Week having come to an end, the Poverty Awareness & Tackling Stigma Working Group is distributing an online survey to help assess the impact of last week’s Stick Your Labels campaign.


We are very keen to hear people’s views on the campaign, and they will be used to influence future work aimed at tackling stigma and stereotypes.


The survey only takes a few minutes to complete. Here is the link.












Challenge Poverty Week 16th – 22nd of October

Sunday marked the start of Challenge Poverty Week. Activities and events will be taking place all over Scotland to raise awareness and promote action to address poverty and its impact. In South Lanarkshire we will be undertaking an awareness campaign, materials have been developed by the Poverty Awareness and Tackling Stigma Working Group which is supported by South Lanarkshire Council. This demonstrates the Council and partners continued commitment to the national  Stick Your Labels campaign and the following pledges:

Pledge 1 – Poverty Is Not Inevitable

Pledge 2 – Language Matters 

Pledge 3 – Actions Change Attitudes

This year the campaign will focus on Pledge 1 “Poverty Is Not Inevitable” and will help to raise awareness and challenge some of the stereotypes and negative perceptions that exist. During Challenge Poverty Week  we will provide myth busting information and key facts, and we hope you can take a few minutes each day to read and consider what is being presented.

Challenging the stigma of poverty is everyone’s business – we hope that you can pass on the messages communicated to fellow staff and volunteers in order to start conversations about some of these issues.

“When speaking to people in poverty the one issue that everyone raises is feeling stigmatised and judged, we all have a role to play in tackling poverty but also combating the stigma that surrounds it” Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance

You will be given the opportunity to share your comments and views on the campaign at the end of Challenge Poverty Week



Information about Lanarkshire Carers Centre Short break and Respitality event and link to Respitality DVD:


Information about Lanarkshire Carers Centre Open evenings and weekends in October and November:



As partnered with Smart Energy GB to help with the smart meter roll-out across Scotland –  in particular to raise awareness of and promote the advantages of smart meters to Carers. Every home in Scotland will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier, free of charge, between now and 2020, replacing old gas and electricity meters.


Below is a link to our webpage with more information on what a smart meter is, how to get one and why Carers should be interested in getting one.  At a time when 77% of Carers face higher utility bills and are more likely to slip into fuel poverty, smart meters could really help save Carers money and allow them to see if they (or their loved ones) are eligible for grants, subsidies or support.






December, VASLan will be hosting a Christmas Craft Fair in partnership with Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust.  Held at the fantastic new No.18 venue in Rutherglen town centre,  the fair will be the perfect opportunity for local crafty organisations to come along, show off their wares and generate some income in the run-up to Christmas! 

We are looking for charities, social enterprises and community groups who make all kind of products, including cards, knitwear, jewellery, furniture, or who run upcycling services to come along and join us.  We are also hoping that, on the day, participating organisations may be willing to provide demonstrations or taster sessions.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact VASLan’s Social Enterprise Development Officer Jen Fleming via  jennifer.fleming@vaslan.org.uk or 01698 300 390


Learning Disability Alliance Scotland (LDAS) is carrying out its annual survey on the experience of people with learning disabilities who have had a new assessment of their care and support needs (now referred to as self-directed support).  LDAS welcomes the views of family Carers supporting someone with a learning disability.  Please complete the survey by the end of October 2016 if you wish to share your views.


Please follow this link:-                      https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TellusaboutSDS
or go to our Signpost page and hit the link for Learning Disability Alliance Scotland (LDAS)

South Lanarkshire Carers Network are updating their electronic list for the quarterly Newsletter
if you would like added to that list please
call Joyce on:-  01698 285163 or
email:-  joyce@slcn.co.uk


ARC – Association for Real Change

ARC Scotland facilitates the Scottish Transitions Forum.  This is a national network with over 550 members that aims to improve the experience of people with additional support needs, particularly those with high support needs, as they go through life transitions.  The forum is responsible for the publication ‘Principles of Good Transitions 2.’

They are seeking the views of views of young people and their parents and Carers.

The Scottish Government has commissioned ARC Scotland to map the availability of planning and support for people aged 14 – 25 years who have additional support needs in Scotland.

The surveys should take between 10 – 30 minutes and must be completed by Friday 11 November 2016.  Participants won’t be asked their name or address, and nobody will be able to identify them as the person who filled out the survey.



 Carers Monthly Meeting – 5th October 2016

The meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th October from 10:30 -12:30 in Blantyre Miners Community Resource Centre
3 Calder Street, Blantyre, G72 0AU


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Consultation Questionnaire

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View the Consultation Documents

Achieving Excellence
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Achieving Excellence Easy Read Consultation Document
You can contact us by emailing hcsviews@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk or calling 01698 858111 to find out about opportunities to get involved in your area or to request a presentation on the healthcare strategy to your organisation.

The consultation runs until 1 November 2016.

Complete the Consultation Questionnaire


Big thank you to all the organisations and unpaid Carers who took the time to attend the Information Fayre in the St Bride’s Centre, Douglas  

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South Lanarkshire Housing Survey

Do you live in South Lanarkshire?
We want to hear your views about Housing to help develop our next Local Housing Strategy.
Ctrl + Click on the link below to take our short survey and have your say:
South Lanarkshire Housing Survey


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The sexual exploitation of children is child abuse and any child or young person, regardless of gender, ethnicity, family background or sexual orientation, may experience this kind of exploitation.

There are children who may be deemed more at risk due to circumstances i.e.:

  • A history of abuse, neglect and/or disadvantage
  • Being looked after, or formerly looked after
  • Disrupted family life, including family breakdown, domestic violence and/or problematic parenting
  • Disengagement from education and isolation from other support mechanisms
  • Going missing from home or care environments
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Homelessness
  • Poor health and wellbeing, social isolation, bullying or low self-esteem

What are the signs

The following are indicators of CSE, this list is not exhaustive but might help with spotting the signs of a victim:

  • Staying out late or episodes of being missing overnight or longer
  • Multiple callers (unknown adults/older young people)
  • Evidence of/ suspicion of physical or sexual assault disclosure of assault followed by withdrawal of a reported incident
  • Unplanned pregnancy and/or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Peers involved in sexual exploitation
  • Drugs/alcohol misuse
  • Isolation from peers/social networks
  • Exclusion or unexplained absences from school or college
  • Relationships with controlling adults
  • Entering/leaving vehicles driven by unknown adults
  • Unexplained amounts of money, expensive clothing or other items
  • Frequenting areas known for adult prostitution
  • Children under 13 years asking for sexual health advice
  • Concerning use of the internet/mobile phone

For more information on spotting the signs visit csethesigns.scot

Got info – report it

If you are a child or young person call Childline on 0800 1111.

  • Crimestoppers: call 0800 555 111.
  • Police Scotland: call 101 (or in an emergency 999).
  • ParentLine Scotland: call 0800 028 2233 or email: parentlinescotland@children1st.org.uk. ParentLine’s opening hours are from 9am-10pm (Mon-Fri) and 12 noon-8pm at weekends.
  • NSPCC: If you are an adult and worried about a child you can call the 24 hour NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Perpetrators – We’re on to you

Police Scotland has a specialist unit, the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit (NCAIU), to support the investigation of complex child abuse and neglect across Scotland.  Find out more about the NCAIU.

Police Scotland’s first national operation to tackle online child sexual abuse has resulted in the identification of more than 500 children, aged between 3 and 18 years, who were either victims or potential victims of online predators, as well as the recovery of 30 million images of abuse.

It has resulted, to date, in 77 people being arrested and charged; the recovery of more than 30 million sexual images; the assessment of over 100,000 chat logs; and more than 390 charges libeled, including: rape; sharing indecent images of children; grooming for sexual purposes; sexual extortion; indecent communication with children; possession of a firearm; bestiality; and drugs offences.  Read more about Operation Latisse.

Police Scotland works to secure convictions with partner agencies across the UK.  Read more about Operation Hydrant child sex abuse investigations. 

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Recent policy and legislative developments have provided the opportunity to make changes to Carer benefits.

The Scotland Act 2016 was passed in March 2016 and it included devolution of a range of social security powers, including Carer and disability benefits.

In addition The Scottish National Party have appointed a Minister for Social Security, who will take forward the government’s plans for a new social security system. The First Minister reiterated the government’s commitment to increasing Carers Allowance in Scotland in her first statement of priorities.

The National Carer Organisations have made several recommendations on how Carers’ benefits could be altered, and this paper summarises these recommendations as well as the context for change.  You can download a copy of the briefing paper here copy



Learning Disability Alliance Scotland (LDAS) is carrying out its annual survey on the experience of people with learning disabilities who have had a new assessment of their care and support needs (now referred to as self-directed support).  LDAS welcomes the views of family Carers supporting someone with a learning disability.  Please complete the survey by the end of October 2016 if you wish to share your views.


Please follow this link:-                      https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TellusaboutSDS
or go to our Signpost page and hit the link for Learning Disability Alliance Scotland (LDAS)




New videos to help people with autism access the bank!

Thanks to generous funding from the Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the Community Award, we have developed six video animations to support and enable individuals with autism to manage some of the unique challenges they face when going to the bank. These short animations highlight some of the common experiences that come with a trip to the bank such as waiting in queues, speaking to different people and having to remember PIN codes. They also include advice on how to keep money safe and guard against fraud as well as how an individual can transact online or over the telephone with their bank.

Debi Brown, Autism Author, Speaker and Educator, commented: “I like the videos, they explicitly give you information before you go into the branch that usually you would just be expected to pick up on the spot. That helps people with slow processing speeds. The videos are short, to the point and not overwhelming.”

Visit our website to view the new videos





South Lanarkshire Council’s Money Matters Advice Service provides people living in South Lanarkshire with debt and welfare benefit and tax credit advice and assistance.   The service is free and confidential and is available by office appointment or, where required, home visit.       


On Wednesday 24 August, staff in the Money Matters office in David Dale House, Blantyre will relocate to Brandon Gate, Hamilton and will be co-located with Social Work Hamilton/Blantyre/Larkhall locality colleagues.


People living in South Lanarkshire can access the service by telephoning 0303 123 1008 and choosing the area relevant to them, or email the local Money Matters office on:
















Caring for Carers

Caring for Carers : Saturday 13th August from 11.30am. We are holding a nearly new sale. All welcome. Please come along and grab a bargain at Carers Caring for Carers, Unit 1, 3 Mansion St, G72 7JN. All welcome. We are doing this to raise money for the upkeep of the unit and so we can hold activities for Carers past and present and those they care for.










South Lanarkshire Carers Network
will be holding their Annual General Meeting in
Blantyre Miners Community Welfare Resource Centre
3 Calder Street, Blantyre, G72 0AU
on Wednesday 7th September 2016
from 10:30 – 12:30
followed by the monthly Carers meeting

All welcome


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Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society has made one of its 18 self-catering properties in Pitlochry available for use. 
Unpaid carers are being offered free stays in a holiday estate in Pitlochry so they can take a short break to recharge their batteries.

Shared Care Scotland has signed up the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society, known as The Ben, to its Respitality initiative which aims to provide carers with complimentary hotel stays, dinners and leisure passes so they can enjoy some quality personal time away from the often heavy demands of their caring responsibilities.

The Ben, which provides financial, social and emotional support to former and current workers of the licensed trade, has donated a newly refurbished bungalow from its Pitlochry Estate where it owns 18 self-catering properties which are rented at subsidised rates to trade employees.

The bungalow offers a tranquil place to stay in Perthshire making it a great base for relaxing in the garden for a few days or walking in the countryside.
The charities have trialled the use of the bungalow over the last few months and its popularity has seen it booked out until November.

Shared Care Scotland’s Respitality developer, Gill Brittle, is delighted to see such a positive response. She said: “Respitality is delighted that The Ben has donated the use of one of their bungalows. Everyone who has stayed there has had a restful break in beautiful surroundings.

“We hope The Ben’s generosity will encourage others to make gifts to Respitality and we look forward to working with The Ben in the future.”
The Ben’s chief executive, Chris Gardner added: “Respitality is a fantastic initiative and we were very keen to get involved when the opportunity arose. We’re really pleased by the initial feedback and hope all carers who use the bungalow will enjoy their stay at Pitlochry.
“Through our day-to-day activity, we help so many people facing difficulties in life and the partnership with Shared Care Scotland allows us to widen our support network even more.
“The collaboration is a great example of two charities working together to increase the reach of their work and have a positive impact on as many people as possible.”

For more information about Respitality, visit:-  sharedcarescotland.org.uk or call 01383 622 462.

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill received Royal Assent on the 16 March 2016.
Part of the Bill covered the Benefit Cap changes, and included new exemptions for those claimants who receive Carer’s Allowance, Guardian’s Allowance or payments towards Carer’s costs in Universal Credit.
The new exemptions will be implemented as the changes to the cap level are introduced, in the autumn of 2016.

If you would like more information The Carers Credit Team would be happy to come out and speak to you.

Many Carers don’t realise that they’re missing out on a National Insurance credit.
Each year’s credit could boost their State Pension by £230 a year once they reach State Pension age (2016/17 figures).

We’ve posted a short video on PensionTube to explain Carer’s Credit. Please share it with your customers, colleagues, friends and family.
If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #carerscredit.

For more information on Carer’s Credit, visit www.gov.uk/carers-credit.


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South Lanarkshire Carers Network will be holding their next Information Fayre on

Wednesday 24th August in the St Brides Centre Douglas,

further details will follow nearer event time.



This year’s Carers Parliament will take place on 2 November 2016 in Edinburgh.  The event is open to Carers and former Carers and a ballot is drawn which will select two people from each of the 73 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies to attend. 

For those who are successful in the draw, we are able to provide travel costs and also replacement care and accommodation if required. 

The link to register for the ballot is at:


You can find out more on the Carers Parliament pages of our website at: http://www.carersuk.org/scotland/policy/carers-parliament







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Big thank you to all who came to

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Building Carer Friendly Communities event





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South Lanarkshire Carers Network will be hosting Building Carer Friendly Communities on Wednesday 8th June from 10:30-2:00pm in the car park at the rear of the building.   Come along and join in the fun with:

                 Tai Chi

                 The Pink Ladies – mini manicures / massages etc.

                 Low Park Museum – Kit’nKaboodle boxes

                 Information stalls and many more



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Short Breaks


Public Partnership Forum


South Lanarkshire Carers monthly meeting today 4th May 

Blantyre Miners Welfare Resource Centre

Calder Street, Blantyre


All Carers welcome

Guest speaker today

The Smart Care Project



Big thank you to everyone who came along to our Information Fayre






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South Lanarkshire Self-Directed Support Network will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 19th April 2016, 1:00 – 3:00pm in South Lanarkshire Lifestyles,122 Neilsland Road Fairhill, Hamilton, ML3 8HJ


In the meantime why not visit our refurbished website at: www.selfdirectnetwork.org.uk and empower yourself on the various options of Self Directed Support

Following the AGM meeting James Blair from Self Directed Support Scotland and Peter Brawley from Take Control (South Lanarkshire) will be on hand with an update of their organisations and to answer any questions of concern from members.       

For further details on Self-Directed Support call or email:   

Kevin McGoldrick, Secretary for South Lanarkshire Self Directed Support Network (SLSDSN) Voluntary user-led Organisation;

Mobile:  07503 246 288 






South Lanarkshire Carers Network Monthly Meeting


Wednesday 6th  April 2016
All members welcome – 10:30-12:30pm to be held in
Blantyre Miners Community Resource Centre
3 Calder Street
G72 0AU

With Guest Speaker Anna Clements from Alzheimer Scotland 

Information Stalls provided by:

  • South Lanarkshire Carers Network
  • Community Mental Health Teams – Elderly Services
  • Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health (LAMH) 




Foot Clinic Reminder

We have appointments available for our Rutherglen Foot Clinic on Monday 21 March 2016:

Venue:    Eastfield Lifestyles, Glenside Drive, Rutherglen, G73 3LW

Times:     9.30am to 4.30pm

Please note, we do have have Foot Clinics across all of Lanarkshire. Go to our website for full details.

To book an appointment call us on 01698 428090.

Pampering Services Update

From 1 April 2016 prices a increasing by £1 to:

  • £8 per half hour 
  • £14 per hour




Age Scotland

On Wednesday 16th March the National Conference will be live streamed from the event, giving us a great opportunity to increase the reach of the day and to invite those not able to attend to watch the talks and discussion.

To watch the live stream just visit the Age Scotland website and go to the National Conference page, where the stream plays just like a video. There is also a ‘social stream’ which displays social media activity related to the event by pulling through all tweets and Facebook messages that include the event hashtag: #laterlifeconf

Those watching the live stream can take part in the discussion by using the box above the social stream to send a message – see below.

This box uses Facebook or twitter (depending on what you choose) to send a message and will automatically add the event hashtag #laterlifeconf

If you are active on social media and tweet anything on the day about the event, please add the event hashtag to ensure it is pulled through to the social stream on the website.


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Come along to St Columbkille’s Church Hall
Rutherglen from 11:30-2:30 pm
on Tuesday 8th March 2016
Where South Lanarkshire Carers Network have been invited to bring
along their Information Stall for part of International Women’s Day 



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South Lanarkshire Carers Network Monthly Meeting


Wednesday 2nd March 2016
All members welcome – 10:30-12:30pm to be held in
Blantyre Miners Community Resource Centre
3 Calder Street
G72 0AU

With Guest Speaker Martin Cain – South Lanarkshire Council and Stuart McDonald Anticipatory Care Plan

Information Stalls provided by:

  • South Lanarkshire Carers Network
  • South Lanarkshire Council – Information
  • Integrated Community Support Team


Pampering and Carers Foot Clinic Services

Lanarkshire Carers Centre provides a Pampering Service and Carers Foot Clinic to unpaid Carers at a range of venues across Lanarkshire enabling Carers access to locally based services.  Our Pampering Service offers a range of beauty and holistic treatments such as an Aromatherapy massage, Reiki, waxing, facials and more to aid relaxation and reduce stress, while our Carers Foot Clinic offers a comprehensive range of foot care from diagnosis to treatment and future care.  Both these services are available at discounted prices of £13 per hour and £7 per half hour for Pampering or £13 for the Carer Foot Clinic.

These services are available locally at:

HAMILTON              Lanarkshire Carers Centre,  1A Princes Gate, 60 Castle Street,  Hamilton, ML3 6BU

FAIRHILL                     Fairhill Lifestyles, Neilsland Road, Hamilton, ML3 8HJ

CUMBERNAULD    Cumbernauld Integrated Day,  Services, Darroch Way,  Cumbernauld, G67 1QA

RUTHERGLEN       Eastfield Lifestyles, Glenside Drive, Rutherglen, G73 3LW

Appointments can be made by contacting us on 01698 428090 (Carers must be in receipt of a Carers Registration Card to access the Carers Foot Clinic).  Further information on Lanarkshire Carers Centre services is available on our website www.prtlcc.org.uk or by giving us a call.             
For all of our Pampering and Foot Clinic service check the website above.

Training Courses – March & April 2016

Here are the training courses available in March and April 2016. To book either click below or telephone 01698 428090 for more information.

Scottish Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)

Date:               Thursday 3rd, 10th & 17th March 2016

Time:               10am – 2.30pm

Venue:            Conference Room, 92 Hallcraig Street,  Airdrie, ML6 6AW

Description:   The aims of SMHFA are:

* To preserve life

* To provide help to the prevent mental  health problem or crisis developing into a more serious state

* To promote the recovery of good mental health

 * To provide comfort to a person experiencing distress

 * To promote understanding of mental health issues

The course will give you the knowledge to apply these aims in a real life situation. This is a 3 day course (lunch will be provided).

Dementia Training

Date:               Monday 14th March 2016 and Tuesday 29th March 2016

Time:              10.30am – 2.00pm

Venue:          Lanark Memorial Hall

Description:  Each session will be facilitated by Alzheimer Scotland to give Carers information about dementia, meet other Carers and share experience

Challenging Behaviour

Date:               Tuesday 22nd March 2016 and Tuesday 26th April 2016

Time:              10.00am – 2.00pm

Venue:            Mossneuk Primary School, Community Wing, Mossneuk Drive, East Kilbride, G75 8XQ

Description:  This one day course enables Carers  identify and confront stress related issues within challenging behaviour


Mens shed

Time on your hands?
Try the Men’s Shed!

Seniors Together and Age Scotland together with South Lanarkshire Council are supporting the development of Men’s Sheds throughout South Lanarkshire. Burnbank and Hillhouse Men’s Shed is being set up for men who are retired or nearing retirement age.

The Shed is a place to:-

  • Work and relax, make and repair things
  • Pursue hobbies and pastimes
  • Share skills and make new friends
  • Have a cuppa, a chat and a laugh
  • Get out of the house for a while
  • Get practical help with projects

We hope to have an electronic area and a separate social area with comfy chairs for relaxing.

Get involved and help us make the Men’s Shed a reality


 Please contact Jackie Foye on 01698 454156 or email:  jacqueline.foye@southlanarkshire.gov.uk



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New College Lanarkshire, Coatbridge Campus,  Kildonan Street,  Coatbridge ML5 3 LS

Tel: 01236 460 106         Email: marie.campbell@nclan.ac.uk

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     Life Coaching for Carers
  Want to take the first steps to a new future for you and your family?
   If you are an unpaid Carer then this FREE seminar is for YOU!!
      at: New College Lanarkshire Coatbridge Campus
      101 Park Street Auditorium
on: Thursday 24th March 2016 from 10am till 2pm


  • Discover what makes you do the things you do
  • Increase your energy
  • Live the life you truly deserve
  • Unlock the secret to a healthier and happier life….

                    10.00 – Registration and coffee
                    10.20 – Introduction by Hope for Autism Stuart Robertson
                    10.25 – Marie Campbell – Caring for Carers
                    10.30 – James McCourt – Life Coach
                    12.00 – Lunch
                    12.40 – Afternoon session
                    14.00 – Close


              To secure your place please contact Caring for Carers on: 01236 460107/460106.
              Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.


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Stage 3 Debate and Amendments – The Carers (Scotland) Bill

The final debate of the Carers (Scotland) Bill was held in Parliament on the 4th of February.  The Bill was then voted through to become an Act of Parliament.

Several of the amendments supported by carers and carer support organisations were passed. 

There were also some disappointments, including the failure of the amendment to introduce national, rather then local eligibility criteria for support.  This amendment was narrowly defeated in a vote.

For a summary of the debate – follow this link
To read the full transcript of the debate – follow this link

The Minister also made a very welcome announcement when he confimed that the government intend to continue Carer Information Strategy funding in 2016 / 2017.  He said:

‘We are continuing to support both adults and young carers in 2016 – 17, subject to the Parliament’s final approval of the budget. We are providing more than £8 million in 2016-17 for the voluntary sector short breaks fund, health board carer information strategies and other initiatives.’



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Alzheimer Scotland

Dementia Advisor  | Operations  | 01698275300  
Alzheimer Scotland, 64 Dalziel Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PJ

Connect with us:
 www.alzscot.org | like us on Facebook | follow us on Twitter | 24 hour helpline 0808 808 3000

Ladies – we want you! Get your tickets for The Ladies Lunch 2016!

The Alzheimer Scotland Ladies Lunch takes place on the 23rd April 2016 at The Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Park. Tickets include a sparkling reception, 2-course meal, goody bag, access to some chic shops and fabulous entertainment! Early bird tickets are £45 each until 10th January 2016. After that Individual tickets are £50, or a table of 10 for £450. Visit www.alzscot.org/ladies_lunch to buy your tickets!




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    South Lanarkshire Carers Monthly Meetings

                   3 Calder Street, Blantyre, G72 0AU

                               10:30am – 12:30pm



Monthly Speakers


3rd February

Macmillan Cancer Support


2nd March

Anticipatory Care Plan


6th April

Alzheimer Scotland


4th May

SmartCare Project


1st June

Adult Protection


6th July



3rd August



7th September



5th October



2nd November



7th December






Proposal for a Bill to abolish charges for non-residential social care, consultation closing date 30th January 2016



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Something special is happening at Energise Training Academy on

Wed 20th Jan!
The Pink Ladies are taking over the Centre that day and will be offering completely free massage
treatments for those who care for a friend, partner or family member on an unpaid basis.

As some of you already know the Pink Ladies. A group of Carers who trained in therapies through the
fabulous Caring For Carers initiative. They’re now fully qualified and experienced therapists
( VTCT Swedish Massage is complete) and will be offering back massage, holistic and will be offering back massage, holistic facial massage, foot massage, hand/arm massage,
and full body massage between:

10am and 2pm on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

So we have Carers caring for Carers!

Appointments must be pre-booked by calling 07889 815165 – stating which treatment you would prefer.

Don’t fancy a massage? Why not pop in anyway for a cuppa , a cake and a don’t fancy a treatment?
Pop in for cuppa and cake and chat with other Carers.

Please share with anyone you know who might benefit from this.

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Training Course provided by The Lanarkshire Carers Centre 

Steps of Caring
Dates:   28th January 2016, 4th February and 11th February 2016

Times:   6.00 pm till 9.00 pm

Venue: Hamilton Town House, 102 Cadzow Street, Hamilton, ML3 6HH


Moving and Handling
Dates:   29th January 2016

Times:   10.30 am till 2.30 pm

Venue: Barncluith Business Centre, Townhead Street, Hamilton, ML3 7DP


Introduction to Autism
Dates:   15th and 22nd February 2016

Times:   10.00 am till 1.00 pm

Venue: Millennium Suite, Fir Park Stadium, Motherwell, ML1 2QN


Apologies to anyone who has had difficulty trying to contact the office in the last couple of days,
the BT phone system has been down.  The phones are now working again.

Sorry for any inconvenience. 


Happy New Year from all the staff at South Lanarkshire Carers Network

 Big thank you to everyone who came along to the Carers Christmas Party

and to Dave Marshall of Yesterday Once More

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Do you have a respiratory condition?

Then we need you!!!

Come along to a one-off Patient Focus Group


Friday 11th December 2015 



11:30am – 3:00pm

NHS Lanarkshire is reviewing how respiratory services will be delivered in Lanarkshire in the future, and we would like those with a respiratory condition, or those caring for someone with a respiratory condition, to have their say in shaping future services.

We’ll even provide lunch!!

If you would like to come along, please contact Andrea Bonomy on 01355 585186 or by email: andrea.bonomy@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk


 Update – The Carers (Scotland) Bill

On Thursday the 5th of November the Stage 1 debate for the Carers Bill was held at the Scottish Parliament and the Bill was voted through to the next stage.

At Stage 2 the Minister, Jamie Hepburn and other MSPs will put forward amendments to strengthen the Bill.

The Coalition of Carers will be working with MSPs from across all parties to seek amendments on behalf of Carers

SLCN will keep you up to date with progress.

For a summary of the main points please visit:

To view the full transcript of the debate visit:


 South Lanarkshire Carers Network – Consultation Event 2015

South Lanarkshire Carers Network would like to thank the members who came along to the Consultation Event in the Alona Hotel on 21st October – information from the event is still being collated  and a DVD is in production – watch this space for further details.

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Big thank you to all who attended our Carers Information Fayre in Biggar on Friday 28th August



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