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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View the Consultation Documents

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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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