A new monthly group for carers of people living with dementia is starting on Wednesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the upstairs room at Watts Bar in Cupar.
The group is the idea of carers who recently attended our dementia seminars in St Andrews and found the comfort they got from being in a group with other carers of someone living with dementia very helpful. The group is going to be run by carers and aims to be a place for those to escape and chat to others coping with their loved ones illness. Get comfort and advice from those attending that are walking the path too.
Unlike the Memory Cafes the groups is for carers only not the person living with the dementia. It’s scheduled to allow people who work to join in too. You don’t need to book a place just come along to Watts on the 21st of November.
Many of us experience times when our mental well being comes under pressure and so it's really good to know what help there is to help ourselves recognise when we are at risk of becoming ill , to help us become more resilient and to protect our well being.
Take a look at the Access Therapies Fife website to learn more - you'll find them here: Access Therapies Fife
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Please help us with this. Being a carer is something that we find ourselves doing without much in the way of planning or forethought. Time for ourselves often just goes by the way and we find it becomes more and more difficult to take a break. As part of the new scottish government Carers (Scotland) Act local authorities are required to publish a short break statement and to consult with carers to formulate it.
Fife Carers Centre are holding a series of small consultation discussion groups in a couple of weeks and are looking for family and unpaid carers to take part. The topic will be solely about Short Breaks for Carers, what we have called Respite breaks in the past. The groups are small, no more that 12 people attending so that everyone in the group has a chance to have their say. Each group will be hosted by Lesley from Fife Carers Centre and will be very informal. We have made the groups for carers who are caring for a similar reason - that will help us to feel more connected in each group. Each meeting will start at 10am and will finish at about 1pm with the chance to stay on and have the luxury of a lunch made by someone else (and no washing up either!).
The sessions are as follows:
Tuesday 25th September in Glenrothes for carers of adults aged between 16 and 65
Wednesday 26th September in Leven for carers of children and young people with learning disabilitles, behavioural difficulties and mental ill health
Thursday 27th September in Dunfermline for carers of children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities, continuing complex needs
Monday 1st October in Glenrothes and will be for carers of people over the age of 65.
If you would like a chance to have your say something about Short Breaks for Carers then choose which of the groups would suit yo best and give us a call or send an email to Lesley.Childs@fifecarers.co.uk to book a place.
Dementia Knowledge Information Sessions for family and friends caring for someone living with Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia
Thank you very much to all involved in the Reelers Ball in St Andrews who very kindly elected to support Fife Carers Centre as their chosen charity. Mrs Kirstin Burnett and Dr Paul Nicholas from Fife Reelers presented the cheque to Centre Manager Mhairi Lochhead and Biff McMahon. As with all the donations we receive the money will be used for the direct benefit of carers in Fife.
There are lots of thanks yous to be said for helping make the Quiz night on the 16th June a wild and roaring success - Thank you to Morris and the team at the St Clair Tavern for giving us the space and being so helpful, Thank you to everyone who contributed gifts to the Tombola and Raffles and Thank you to everyone who turned up, bought tickets and had a good time putting their brains through their paces! The Quiz was won by the Soggy Wotsits who just pipped the Scotch Egg Heads at the post in the final round, and as for the Substantials, what can I say? Those Wooden Spoons were earned the hard way!
Quiz Nights are excellent exercise for the brain and your laughing chops! Sign up today and help us raise funds for Fife Carers Centre.
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