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January 2017 e-Newsletter from Lanarkshire Carers Centre
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January 2017 e-Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of our e-Newsletter. It's been a busy few months since our last newsletter was published. We have highlighted some of this activity below, along with details of forthcoming opportunities to help support you in your caring role.

You can view all of the services we offer on our website: www.prtlcc.org.uk

Carers Singing Workshops

The Carers Choir met for a Christmas lunch to celebrate the end of the successful workshops recently held in the Motherwell area.
We spoke to Carol from the Cumbernauld area, who attended the workshops to ask her why she came along and to ask her what she had gained from attending:

"I heard about the workshops after attending Steps of Caring training.  At first, I felt a little apprehensive as I was worried I’m not a singer and was scared I would have to audition or sing by myself.  I felt a little nervous when I first went along as I didn’t know anyone however that was part of the reason, I had gone to socialise and meet new carers who are in a similar situation to me.  It has been great! we do warm up exercises and songs which are so much fun. We laugh so much, which is great for relieving the day to day stresses.  My family has noticed a difference too. I find myself singing the songs at home with my grandson, who loves joining in with the actions!  I would recommend attending the workshops to anyone as it is important to do something for yourself which is out your comfort zone.  I hope the choir continues to meet up as I have built loads of new friendships and it is so much fun.”

We are looking to run another series of choir workshops. No previous experience is necessary and no auditions or solo singing is required. The workshops consist of vocal warm-ups, singing and breathing techniques. They give carers the opportunity to meet other carers, whilst learning popular and uplifting songs. 

If you are interested in taking part in future singing workshops, please contact us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550.

Training Opportunities

We have a number of training opportunities currently available for carers. More information on  these courses, including details of how to book training, please visit our website.

www.prtlcc.org.uk/training

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

Steps of Caring Programme (delivered over 3 days)

This course offers an introductory guide to accessing help and support and establishing contact with ongoing support.

Available Dates

  • East Kilbride: 22 February, 1 March and 8th March 2017 (with Urdu/Punjabi translation)
  • Coatbridge: 7 March, 14 March and 21 March 2017


Autism Awareness Training

This one day session, delivered in partnership with the Autism Resource Centre, explores the common difficulties experienced by individuals with autism and gives strategies that may help.

Available Dates

  • Rutherglen: Thursday 16th February 2017


Safer People Moving and Handling

This practical handling session delivered by Physicare will include safe performance of manoeuvres and tasks regularly undertaken by Carers

Available Dates

  • Hamilton: Thursday 6th April 2017
Introduction to First Aid for Adults

An introductory half day First Aid course delivered by the British Red Cross​​

Available Dates
  • Airdrie: Thursday 2nd March 2017


Mental Health First Aid (delivered over 3 days)

This 3-day course offers basic general information about mental health problems.

Available Dates

  • Airdrie: 21 February, 28 February and 7 March 2017
  • Hamilton: 16 March, 23 March and 30 March 2017


Dementia Training

Come along to our carers session to get some information about Dementia, meet other carers and share experiences. This session will be facilitated by Alzheimer's Scotland and will give an introduction to their services in Lanarkshire.

Available Dates

  • Airdrie: Tuesday 14th March 2017


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.

Pampering Services

We offer Pampering Services to carers in a number of venues throughout Lanarkshire. More information on the treatments on offer can be found on our website:

www.prtlcc.org.uk/pampering

Prices: £8 for ½ hour and £14 for an hour.

North Lanarkshire Venues

Airdrie Locality Support Service
92 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie, ML6 6AW

Bellshill Locality Support Service
95 Main Street, Bellshill, ML4 3DZ

Coatbridge Locality Support Service
151 Buchanan Street, Coatbridge, ML5 1BA

Cumbernauld Locality Support Service
152 McGregor Road,Cumbernauld, G67 1JN

To book an appointment at one of these North Lanarkshire venues, please call our Airdrie office on 01236 755550.

South Lanarkshire Venues

Lanarkshire Carers Centre
Unit 1a Princes Gate, 60 Castle Street, Hamilton, ML3 6BU

Fairhill Lifestyles
Neilsland Road, Hamilton, ML3 8HJ

Murray Owen Centre
1 Liddel Grove, East Kilbride, G32 8AL

McClymont House
Gallowhill Road, Lanark, ML11 7NZ

Eastfield Lifestyles
Glenside Drive, Rutherglen, G73 3LW

To book an appointment at one of these South Lanarkshire venues, please call our Hamilton office on 01698 428090.

Note: Pricing and Venues may be subject to change.

Legal Clinics

Occasionally carers can encounter legal issues that can be very daunting. We offer carers a free 20-minute session with a solicitor from NewLaw Scotland to discuss guardianship, power of attorney and will-writing. Carers can also receive legal advice on what to do after a death, as well as guidance on your assets and the cost of long-term care, even if you would just like to find out more about any of these legal services and why they are important.

Please Note: Carers need to have a Carer Registration Card to access this service. 

We offer Legal Clinics at our Hamilton Centre and Airdrie Base, which are provided through NewLaw Solicitors. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled legal clinics, we can arrange a telephone appointment for you with a solicitor.

Forthcoming Clinic Dates

Hamilton

  • 3rd March 2017
  • 7th April 2017
  • 5th May 2017
  • 2nd June 2017

For an appointment please telephone 01698 428090.
 
Airdrie

  • 15th February 2017
  • 15th March 2017
  • 19th April 2017
  • 17th May 2017
  • 14th June 2017

For an appointment please telephone 01236 755550.

Disclaimer: Lanarkshire Carers Centre does not endorse individual or commercial interests or services and would encourage carers to do their own research to pick the solicitor they feel is best for them. More information on solicitors and legal services can be found at http://www.lawscot.org.uk/find-a-solicitor 

Note: Legal Clinic dates may be subject to change

Carer Foot Clinics

We provide a podiatry service in number of venues across Lanarkshire. This service is offered at a subsidised rate and is open to all carers who have a Carer Registration Card and the person(s) they care for.

Prices

£7 for minor treatments such as clipping nails and hard skin removal.
£13 for more complex treatments like verrucae, corns and ingrown toenails.

North Lanarkshire Venues

Airdrie Locality Support Service
92 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie, ML6 6AW

Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre
Busby Road, Bellshill, ML5 1BA

Craigneuk Lifelong Learning Association
641a Glasgow Road, Wishaw, ML2 7SR

To book an appointment at one of these North Lanarkshire venues, please call our Airdrie office on 01236 755550.

South Lanarkshire Venues

Lanarkshire Carers Centre
Unit 1a Princes Gate, 60 Castle Street, Hamilton, ML3 6BU

Fairhill Lifestyles
Neilsland Road, Hamilton, ML3 8HJ

To book an appointment at one of these South Lanarkshire venues, please call our Airdrie office on 01236 755550.

Note: Pricing and Venues may be subject to change.

Carer Registration Card

Over the coming months, we will be changing the look of the carer registration card. 
 

All new applicants will receive the new style card. Existing cardholders can continue to use their old style card, providing it is still valid. Please check the expiry date printed on your card. If it’s still within date, it is still valid. If not, please contact us and we can complete a renewal application for you.

If you have lost/misplaced your card, please get in touch with us and we will issue you with a replacement. There may be a charge for issuing replacement cards.
 
Our Carer Registration Card scheme enables carers to access a 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.

Information on how to apply for a Carer Registration Card, including the current offers and discounts can be found on our website: www.prtlcc.org.uk/crc 

Short Breaks & Respitality

Lanarkshire Carers Centre’s Short Break Carers Information Service is working with various partnership organisations to bring new and exciting short break opportunities to carers in Lanarkshire. 

The service provides information on opportunities for carers to take a short break from their caring role.  Some of these opportunities are free, some are at a reduced rate and there is also grant funding available (terms and conditions apply). 
 
A short break allows carers time away from the routine of caring, it can be for any length of time, it can be taken with the person the carer cares for or it can be taken alone.  The break can be taken at home or away from home and can consist of traditional break or can be flexible and provide carers with a chance to try new things.
 
Lanarkshire Carers Centre has been successful in being awarded Creative Breaks Funding from Shared Care Scotland and this fund allows carers to apply for up to £300 towards the cost of a short break. Mini Break funding was introduced last year for the first time and was very successful and we have decided to continue this again.  This allows carers to apply for up to £50 towards the cost of a short break. Funding is now available.

Please get in touch with us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 if you require any further information on accessing a short break.



Lanarkshire Carers Centre works alongside Shared Care Scotland to offer respitality breaks to carers in Lanarkshire.  Respitality providers offer free short breaks to carers via Lanarkshire Carers Centre.  The breaks are for carer and companion and this could be the person the carer cares for or not, the carer will decide.  Respitality breaks can be a game of bingo, a visit to the theatre, a meal, a spa treatment and/or an overnight stay.

Click here for more information on Respitality

Autism Parent Carer Support Group

The autism parent carer support group started back on Monday 9th January 2017 at the Autism Resource Coordination Hub (ARCH). The group meets weekly every Monday (except public holidays) 10am-12pm at ARCH, Jean Brownlie Centre, Reid Street, Burnbank, ML3 0RQ.

ARCH are trialling a monthly evening support group on the last Tuesday of every month starting Tuesday 31st January 2017, 7pm-8:30pm. Hopefully, this will allow parent/carers who are unable to attend the daytime group the opportunity to access similar support & information.

For more information on this group, please contact Dian McFadden at Lanarkshire Carers Centre on 01698 428090.

Eating Disorder Carer Support Group

If you are a parent/carer of a loved one with Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia, Lanarkshire Carers Centre facilitate the 'Lanarkshire Eating Disorders Carers' Group' and would like to invite you to come along to their monthly meeting.
 
This group aims to provide you with an opportunity to meet others who have gone, or are going through a similar experience in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
 
The group has been established for over 6 years and, in addition to peer support, offers information provided by Eating Disorder/Carer professionals to members. They also hold regular social nights, to meet and talk in a more relaxed atmosphere and to encourage members to make time to enjoy themselves, as far as circumstances allow.
 
The Group believes that anyone facing the enormous challenges involved in caring for a loved one with an Eating Disorder deserves all the support they can get. 
 
For more information, please contact Lanarkshire Carers Centre on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 and we can provide you with more details. 

Share your stories of Self-Directed Support

Self-directed Support (SDS) represented a major change to the way social care services are provided.

Audit Scotland is currently looking at how well councils, integration authorities and the Scottish Government are implementing the policy and are encouraging people who use self-directed support to share their experiences in a new survey.

Click here to launch the survey

The survey runs until 27 February 2017.

Centre Visits

Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Health and Sport and Councillor Stephanie Callaghan visited Lanarkshire Carers Centre on 19th January 2017 to meet with carers and staff regarding the services we provide across Lanarkshire.

Aileen Campbell MSP and Cllr. Stephanie Callaghan with Staff and Carers at Lanarkshire Carers Centre
We had a good conversation with Aileen and Stephanie about the impact of caring, the difference support from the centre makes and some of the challenges faces.

Val De Sousa, Director of Health and Social Care, South Lanarkshire Council also visited our Hamilton centre in January 2017 to find out more about the services we provide to unpaid carers.

Farewell

Everyone at Lanarkshire Carers Centre would like to wish a fond farewell to Parveen Asghar who was our Blood-Borne Virus (BBV) Carer Support Worker for 8 years.

Parveen (Centre) pictured with staff she worked closely with from the NHS Keep Well Team at her farewell gathering in Airdrie.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Parveen for all of her hard work and to wish her every success in the future.

Blue Badge Scheme

As of 29 August 2016, the administration of the blue badge scheme in South Lanarkshire transferred to the Scottish Welfare Fund, Finance and Corporate Resources from Social Work Resources.

Blue badge paper application forms will no longer be available, but you can apply for a blue badge via the following websites:

www.mygov.scot/apply-blue-badge
www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

Only applicants wishing to apply for a blue badge under the mental disorder/cognitive impairment criteria pilot, may do so using a paper application form. To request an application form, please contact the Scottish Welfare Fund at the following email address: bluebadge@southlanarkshire.gcsx.gov.uk

Lanarkshire Carers Centre can support carers to apply for a Blue Badge. Please get in touch with us on 01698 428090 / 01236 755550 if you require assistance.

Motability Charitable Grants

Did you know that Motability can provide Charitable Grants towards the cost of a vehicle, adaptations or driving lessons?

If customers are unable to afford the right mobility solution to meet their needs Motability, the charity, may be able to provide financial help. This help includes grants towards Advance Payments for cars, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs), driving lessons and adaptations.

You can find more information about financial support on their website:

www.motability.org.uk

Can you help #FindFraser?

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.

Can you #FindFraser?
Fraser is so active he can be found across Lanarkshire. The secret to his independent lifestyle? He's using Telehealth to support his health and care needs. Find out more by watching now.
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.

Click here to find out more

Update on Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is a key piece of new legislation that promises to ‘promote, defend and extend the rights’ of adult and young carers across Scotland. The government recently announced that the Carers (Scotland) 2016 Act will commence on the 1st April 2018.

Click here to view the Act

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