Free holidays for unpaid Carers thanks to benevolent society

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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.


 

St Brides Centre

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.


 

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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:

http://www.carersuk.org/scotland/news/carers-parliament-2016-registration-for-ballot-opens 

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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Another sunny day in the Park.

Big thank you to all who came to

South Lanarkshire Carers Network

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

10:30-12:30

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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slsdn2South Lanarkshire Self-Directed Support Network AGM

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 

www.facebook.com/slselfdirect 

www.twitter.com/slselfdirect     

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www.sdsscotland.org.uk

www.selfdirectedsupportscotland.org.uk      


South Lanarkshire Carers Network Monthly Meeting

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

 


 

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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

 

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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

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

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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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Caring forf Carers  

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

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

    Hidden Depths
     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!

 


 

       

                                  Dates for your Diary                     

 

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    South Lanarkshire Carers Monthly Meetings

                   3 Calder Street, Blantyre, G72 0AU

                               10:30am – 12:30pm

Day

Date

Monthly Speakers

Wednesday

3rd February

Macmillan Cancer Support

Wednesday

2nd March

Anticipatory Care Plan

Wednesday

6th April

Alzheimer Scotland

Wednesday

4th May

SmartCare Project

Wednesday

1st June

Adult Protection

Wednesday

6th July

TBC

Wednesday

3rd August

TBC

Wednesday

7th September

TBC

Wednesday

5th October

TBC

Wednesday

2nd November

TBC

Wednesday

7th December

TBC

 

 

 


 

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

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/92913.aspx 


 

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CARERS DAY AT ENERGISE!

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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RESPIRATORY CLINICAL STRATEGY


 
Do you have a respiratory condition?

Then we need you!!!

Come along to a one-off Patient Focus Group

on 

Friday 11th December 2015 

GLO CENTRE, MUIR STREET, MOTHERWELL, ML1 1BN 

FROM 

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:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d0755ec5938a4f04dec8974cc/files/BriefingSummaryDebate.pdf

To view the full transcript of the debate visit:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d0755ec5938a4f04dec8974cc/files/The_Carers_Bill_Debate.pdf

 


 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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