Are you an unpaid carer? Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership has launched a six week ‘Fife Carer Strategy Consultation’ to hear your views and capture feedback on what matters to you.
There is a large number of people who support or care for family and friends on a regular basis in an unpaid capacity, giving freely of their time and energy. Their dedication is enormously valuable and their support helps a large number of people to live in their own homes and communities.
In April 2018 the Scottish Government will implement the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership is developing a Carers Strategy for 2018-2021 to support unpaid carers in the Kingdom.
David Heaney, Divisional General Manager with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership gives more details: “We know that unpaid carers play a vital role in our communities. When it comes to shaping services and knowing how we can improve the carers’ experience of health and social care, we are taking a proactive approach.
Fife’s strategy must reflect and respond to unpaid carers needs now and in the years ahead, so we need to know what to change, adapt, do more of, or stop doing. The consultation actively seeks carers’ input as we need to hear about what matters and makes a difference to them so whatever we do now and in the future is effective and meaningful as possible. This consultation is an opportunity for unpaid carers to have their voice heard and I encourage as many unpaid carers to take part as possible.”
Mhairi Lochhead from Fife Carers Centre, welcomed the approach:
“It is really important that carers are able to say what their experience of services are, what helps or what could make a difference. Many carers might not think to take part in the consultation, but for Fife’s Carer Strategy to be effective, carers need to say what is important to them. We will be encouraging and supporting carers to respond to the consultation, to help ensure as wide a range of views as possible are gathered.”
The consultation runs from 8 January until the 23 February 2018. To take part you can:
Fife Carers Centre is recruiting for a Carer Support Worker position. The post is full time and funded initially for six months. Fife Carers Centre is a well established and well regarded charity that supports unpaid and family carers wherever they are in Fife. If you think you'd like to join our team take a look at our vacancy page and complete an application. The closing date is 8th January 2018 - we look forward to hearing from you!
Fife Carers Centre invite you to join us for a cup of coffee, a wee bite to eat and the opportunity to buy some handmade Christmas decorations and stocking fillers. The Christmas Crafts have been created by our very own Crafty Carers Group and are lovely to behold!
HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came along to the Quiz night on Saturday 21st October at Jokers bar in Dunfermline - a small and select turnout of family and friends of Fife Carers Centre on this occasion but we all had a laugh and enjoyed the evening! Congratulations to the Blue Team who won the Quiz.
The Tombola and Raffle went great guns and the night raised £382 -25 which was a fantastically generous amount given that there were only 42 people there!
Finally I would just like to apologise for the incorrect information I had for one of the answers - apparently Wall-E's favourite film is in fact "Hello Dolly!" and not "Meet me in St Louis" (although I expect he quite liked that one too) so anyone who had Hello Dolly! as an answer can have an extra point - although the Blue Team would still have been the winners!.
The Dementia Friendly Community project need your help to build the Dementia Friendly Community in the Glenrothes Area
They want to hear from people with dementia and their carers in the wider Glenrothes area about your experience of using local shops and services. From September, they’ll be extending their dementia friendly work in Glenrothes to Leslie, Markinch, Coaltown of Balgonie, Milton of Balgonie, Thornton and Kinglassie.
Therefore, they’d like to hear from more people in all areas in and around Glenrothes about their experiences of getting out in their communities. They would also like to hear from you about any shops and services that you would like them to contact about becoming dementia friendly.
The Dementia Friendly Community project can offer dementia awareness sessions to help staff support customers with dementia. They can also help these shops and businesses to think about how their lighting, noise levels, signage and layout can make it easier or more difficult for people with dementia to get out and about. Help them by giving your thoughts and feedback to make sure that the changes we’re suggesting are the right ones for you!
The Dementia Friendly Community project can also help businesses and services to get one of these window stickers to help people know which ones are dementia friendly.
To get involved, please contact Amanda Hunter at Alzheimer Scotland by telephone at 01592 803 800 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A carer’s role is hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. It gives those you care for support they couldn’t manage without and can help them feel more like themselves and less isolated. One disease that is increasing across the UK and adding to the burden of carers, is dementia.
Right now, over 850,000 people suffer from dementia, and that number is expected to rise to some 2 million by 2050. While research is ongoing into curing dementia, there are also ways to prevent the disease and slow the development of the condition.
The Paxton Centre at Homelands in Lundin Links are now offering a Lunch every Friday for over 65s for £2.50. Lunch is soup with a filled roll and a cuppa. It's open to everyone over 65 not just carers and gives you the chance to meet up with friends just waiting to be made!
The Carers Walking Group will meet on Thursday 7th of September in the Car Park at the East End of Lower Largo close to the coastal path. This will be the penultimate walk for this year - the walk in October will be the last one until after the winter. Give us a call to let us know you want to join Andy - he's looking forward to meeting you!
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