Lanarkshire Carers Centre eNewsletter April 2017
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Carers e-Newsletter April 2017

Welcome to the second edition of our e-Newsletter this year. It has been a busy few months since our last publication. Below you will find details of upcoming opportunities and activities for carers, as well as other relevant information on the services we offer.

Carer Training Opportunities

We have a number of training opportunities currently available, covering a range of topics to help carers feel confident in their caring role and look after their own wellbeing.

Our training opportunities are available to carers registered with Lanarkshire Carers Centre. More information on these courses, including details of how to book training, can be found on our website.

Please check our website regularly for additional carer training opportunities that may become available:

Child and Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
An interactive session introducing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) which will cover the role of CAMHS in the lives of children and familes. The session looks at the role of CAMHS in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, in a broad sense, bearing in mind that clinicians and teams can work slightly differently from each other in the detail. The session will also signpost parents to helpful resources and strategies.

19 April 2017
10am - 12pm
St Mary's Episcopal Church, 4a Auchingramont Road, Hamilton, ML3 6JT

18 May 2017
10am - 12pm
Dalziel Saint Andrew's Parish Church, 47 Merry St, Motherwell ML1 1JJ

Managing Anger Seminar
Delivered by the National Autistic Society, this seminar is aimed at parent/carers who have a child with a diagnosis of autism, whose children are experiencing difficulties with managing their emotions, which can result difficulties with anger, anxiety, distressed behaviours and meltdowns.

15 May 2017
10am - 2:30pm
Dalziel St Andrews Parish Church, 43-47 Merry Street, Motherwell, ML1 1JJ

2 June 2017
10am - 2:30pm
ARCH Centre, Reid Street, Burnbank, ML3 0RQ

Sensory Needs Seminar
Aimed at parents who have a child with a diagnosis of autism and includes information about sensory processing, sensory processing differences in children with autism and helping your child with their sensory needs.

We have 2 seminar dates available to carers registered with Lanarkshire Carers Centre:

9 May 2017
10am - 2:30pm
Airdrie Locality, 92 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie, ML6 6AW

East Kilbride
12 May 2017
10am - 2:30pm
Murray Owen Centre, 1 Liddell Grove, East Kilbride, Glasgow G75 9AD

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) 
Delivered by Cameron Consultancy in partnership with Scottish Recovery Network, these recovery focused workshops promote positive mental health and wellbeing using a self-management approach. WRAP is underpinned by 5 key concepts that are crucial to recovery:

  • Hope
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Support
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Education

The workshop facilitators use their own personal experiences of using WRAP in their everyday lives to support the participants in creating thier own personalised WRAP plans.

WRAP workshops run over 3 days. They are facilitated by individuals who use WRAP to positively self-manage long term health conditions ensuring an authentic and genuine experience for all workshop participants.

East Kilbride
2 May, 9 May and 16 May 2017
10:30am - 2:30pm (lunch provided)
Murray Owen Centre, 1 Liddell Grove, East Kilbride, G75 9AD

11 May, 18 May and 25 May 2017
10:30am - 2:30pm (lunch provided)
Cumbernauld Community Enterprise Centre, 1 Brown Rd, Cumbernauld, G67 1AA

Living Life to the Full
These adaptable workshops are modelled on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, are recovery focused and teach valuable self-management skills to approach conditions like stress, depression and anxiety.

Delivered over 3 days, these fun and informal workshops are interactive and delivered by individuals who effectively manage long term health conditions ensuring an authentic and genuine experience for all workshop participants.

26 April, 3 May and 10 May 2017
10:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch will be provided)
Lifestyles Carluke, Carnwath Rd, Carluke ML8 4DF

Further dates will be scheduled in June 2017 (depending on demand).

Online Autism Training (Coming Soon)
We have a limited number of online training modules provided by the National Autistic Society becoming available for carers caring for someone with autism:

Understanding Autism
This introductory online module provides perspectives from people on the autism spectrum about how autism is defined and experienced. The module will enable learners to recognise the strengths and challenges experienced by many people on the spectrum and how to respond to create enabling environments.
Autism and Communication
This introductory online module explores how to recognise communication differences for people on the spectrum and what factors impact upon successful communication. This will allow learners to respond to communication differences to effectively support people on the autism spectrum.
Autism and Sensory Experiences
This introductory online module explores how people respond to information from the senses and how this can be experienced differently by people on the spectrum. Learners will be better able to recognise the impact of these differences for people on the spectrum and how to respond to sensory needs to provide effective support.
Autism, Stress and Anxiety
This introductory online module explores the differences in how people on the spectrum experience stress and anxiety. Learners will explore the factors that impact on stress and anxiety, in order to provide effective support to reduce that impact on people on the spectrum.
Autism: Supporting Families
This introductory online module explores providing support for people on the spectrum and their families. Learners will discover the experiences of families, consider common difficulties and acquire effective approaches for support.
Can't find the training you are looking for?

Please call us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 and we will be happy to discuss your training needs further or complete a Training Needs Analysis form, available on our website.

Motherwell Foot Clinic

Our Carers Foot Clinic offers a subsidised podiatry service to take care of your feet, from cutting nails and hard skin removal to more demanding issues like corns or in-grown toenails.

Carers and those they care for have been able to access this service from venues across Lanarkshire and it is our pleasure to announce we will be expanding our range of locations with a new venue in Motherwell:

Motherwell Integrated Day Service, 23 Draffen Court, Motherwell, ML1 1AJ
9am - 2pm, every 6 weeks
£8 for a simple cut and file
£14 for a cut and file + additional treatment such as
hard skin removal, corns, verrucae etc.

Please note that your first appointment will include a full assessment of your feet and will be charged at the higher rate. After this the Podiatrist will advise you on what treatment you'll need when you attend future appointments.

Please also note, access to the Carers Foot Clinic requires the carer to have our Carer Registration Card.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact our Airdrie office on 01236 755550.

Carer Registration Card

Our Carer Registration Card scheme enables carers to access a wide range of offers and discounts from a variety of local retailers, suppliers and services.

The scheme is open to any carer over the age of 16 who lives in Lanarkshire and who provides substantial and ongoing support for the person(s) they care for. More than one carer for each cared-for person can be a card holder providing they meet the qualifying criteria.

We have some great offers coming your way over the next few months! Take a look at the current offers on our website and see if there's anything you may benefit from:

Carers Choir

In continued partnership with Soundroutes Community Choir and following the success of the Singing Workshops which took place in October & November 2016, we are pleased to be able to offer an additional workshops for carers. These workshops are free for carers to attend:

Venue: Happy n Healthy, 18 Farmeloan Road, Rutherglen, G73 1DL

The workshops will run fortnightly. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lanarkshire Carers Centre on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550.

Easter Extravaganza Hamper

Following generous donations made to the centre since Christmas, we are raffling a hamper filled with lots of goodies! Raffle Tickets are £1 a strip and can be purchased in our Hamilton office, with the winner being announced at the end of April 2017. Call into our centre during opening hours to enter.

Lanarkshire Carers Centre Pampering at ARCH

We have appointments available for our pampering service, which is being offered at ARCH, to carers who are caring for someone on the autistic spectrum.

Carers can access a range of alternative treatments including Mini facials, Swedish massage, Reiki, Indian head massage and Thai foot massage.

This service takes place fortnightly between 9.30am until 2pm. The cost to carers will be £8 for a 30 minute session and £14 for 1 hour session.

To book an appointment, please contact Lanarkshire Carers Centre on 01698 428090.

North Lanarkshire Keep Well Clinics

Looking after your own health and wellbeing is just as important as the health and wellbeing of the person you care for. We are offering carers a free 30 minute health check with a Keep Well nurse at our Airdrie Base in North Lanarkshire.

What will happen at your health check?

  • Checking your Cholesterol
  • Measuring your Weight
  • Taking your Blood Pressure
  • Talking about keeping a Healthy Heart
  • Talking about keeping a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Talking about anything else that may be worrying you about your health
After the health check, your results will be explained and you can be put in touch with local services, if needed. For example: healthy eating, keeping fit, stopping smoking, money and benefits and coping with stress.

Clinic Dates

Clinics will take place at our Airdrie Base, 92 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie, ML6 6AW on the following dates:

  • 9 May 2017
  • 6 June 2017
  • 4 July 2017
  • 7 August 2017
  • 5 September 2017

Please get in touch with us on 01236 755550 for more information or if you would like to arrange an appointment.

50/50 Club 

The 50/50 Club is a fundraising intiative that enables its members to win a cash prize every month whilst contributing to the future success for Lanarkshire Carers Centre.

How does it work?

£1 is entered into a draw each month for each active member. Half of the draw fund is donated to the centre and the other half is paid to the prize winner. For example:

  • Number of active members in month: 100 
  • Amount of money entered into monthly draw: £100
  • Amount donated to centre: £50
  • Prize winner receives: £50

The prize amount is dependent on the number of active members each month, so the more active members there are, the greater the prize amount!

How does it cost?

It costs just £12 to join the 50/50 Club. This entitles each member to 1 entry a month over a 12 month period.

How do I join?

Click here to download a membership form

Volunteering Update

We are thrilled to announce that one of our volunteers, Isabel McQueen has won the 6th Annual Marsh Regional Award for Carers for her outstanding contribution to volunteering.

Isabel has volunteered for Lanarkshire Carers Centre for over 4 years and has been involved in supporting the the organisation in a variety of different ways. Isabel is involved with the Respitality project. She is a great asset to the staff and the organisation.

If you are interested in volunteering with Lanarkshire Carers Centre, please contact us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 to discuss further. 

Carer Information Worker Vacancy

We have a job vacancy currently available at Lanarkshire Carers Centre for the post of Carer Information Worker. The closing date for this vacancy is Monday 1 May 2017.

More information on this role can be found on our website:
The National Carer Organisations have produced a Manifesto for Carers for the local council elections on the 4th of May 2017.

The Manifesto, along with a campaigning pack, is intended to help carers and the organisations that support them in lobbying candidates and parties in their local area: During the election period, council candidates will want to come and meet with local people, to have the chance to influence them and lobby for their vote. You can use this opportunity to raise the profile of carers in Lanarkshire and the issues carers face.
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