Are you over 18 and providing care to friend or relative living in Aberdeenshire? If yes, Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership wants to hear your views. In preparation for the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 commencing in April 2018, they want to hear carers’ views on what is important to them. A strategy will be written in partnership with staff, third sector organisations and carers in Aberdeenshire which will highlight the key areas that you, as carers have identified as requiring improvement/development. To complete this short questionnaire online, please click the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JZCHKRK Survey closes on 30th June.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Quarriers – Aberdeenshire Carer Support Service are hosting a series of promotional events during Carers Week, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Library and Information Service (ALIS). Libraries will display the winning entries from the recent adult carer poetry and photography competitions and Quarriers staff will be going on tour with the central and south mobile library buses to reach out to hidden carers in rural areas. A presentation booklet of the winning entries and details on where unpaid carers can get support will be available for the public to take away. If you would like to find out the routes on their tour please visit:
Mobile Library Central – www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/media/22122/m1-central-mar-jun-2018.pdf
Mobile Library South – www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/media/22123/m4-south-mar-jun-2018.pdf
The Carer Information Strategy has funds available to support initiatives across the Grampian region to improve outcomes for carers. Applications to this funding stream are open to third sector organisations, community and voluntary groups, and health and social care services. http://www.nhsgrampian.co.uk/nhsgrampian/gra_display_simple_index.jsp?pContentID=8531&p_applic=CCC&p_service=Content.show&
Applications for Carer Information Strategy monies now open
The Carer Information Strategy has funds available to support initiatives across the Grampian region to improve outcomes for carers. Applications to this funding stream are open to:
- third sector organisations
- community and voluntary groups
- health and social care services
You can find out further information about the fund, and how to apply by visiting
If you have an idea or project in mind that would make a difference to unpaid carers or would like more information then please contact Heather Tennant. Programme Manager – Carer Information Strategy 01224 554299 or email email@example.com
GRAMPIAN FAMILY FUN DAY
Saturday 14th May, 2016 11am – 2.30pm
Portlethen Academy AB12 4QL
Other Activities : Adult size Bouncy Castle, Candy Floss Machine, Balloon Modeller, Sound & Light Beam, Storytelling, Animates
Please note that this event is primarily for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
Booking is essential http://grampian-fun-day.eventbrite.co.uk
Or contact 01569 764221 to book a ticket or therapy slot
RNIB wants those with a couple of spare hours a month to visit a blind person
in their local area to help them use the internet. RNIB is looking to recruit
volunteers for its Online Today project which aims to help 125,000
people with sensory loss across the UK get online.
Volunteers are required to commit a few hours a month to visit blind and partially sighted
people in their own homes and help them develop digital skills like browsing
the internet, sending emails, and using an e-reader.
Since its launch in 2015, Online Today events throughout the UK have helped thousands
of people with sight and hearing loss get online.
For more information about volunteering for Online Today go to: www.rnib.org.uk/onlinevolunteer
Many voluntary health organisations support people’s mental as well as physical wellbeing, whether
you consider yourselves to be a mental health charity or not. You do this by supporting people
through stressful life challenges, by reducing social isolation and loneliness, and by fostering
resilience and creating the conditions for good mental health.
VHS are always keen to hear from members on what they think we should be focusing on in this
area – what are the key issues for you right now? What needs to be addressed in the Scottish
Government’s next Mental Health Strategy? What are they key contributions the third sector
is making to the mental health agenda? Where are the biggest gaps?
Get in touch with Catherine Ronald or call 0131 474 6187 with your input.
Grants are available for up to £80,000 over three years with a maximum of
£35,000 in year one. The emphasis of the Development Grant is to support
the development of a solid foundation for the future. The grant could, for
example, be used to enable an organisation to make a step change such as diversifying its income
streams or setting up a social enterprise to help it become more sustainable in the long term.
Registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies that are
working within the UK and have a UK office are eligible to apply. Applications from organisations
working in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales are particularly welcome. Organisations must have a
constitution whose primary purpose is to support unpaid carers.
The deadline for applications is 28th April 2016 (12 noon).
For more information, visit: www.triangletrust.org.uk/apply-funding
21 hours per week, based in Aberdeen, providing support in Inverurie, Banchory and Stonehaven
Salary Scale MHA 22 – 26 (£19,161 – 21,615 pro rata)
Based at our Central Office in Aberdeen, you will be expected to provide support, information and advice to family members and carers of people experiencing challenges to their mental health and wellbeing.
You will facilitate peer support groups for carers in Banchory, Inverurie and Stonehaven. These play an important role in developing effective interventions against social isolation and build social networks in an effort to support and empower our carers as well as, uphold our client’s rights, privacy, dignity and personal choice.
You will supervise the Carers Support Worker (North) to ensure that the MHA carers support service is professionally and efficiently delivered.
The post will present exciting challenges and great opportunities to grow and diversify not just MHA but the successful candidates.
Social Services &
Healthcare – Level 2
Who is this SVQ For?
This project has been set up to enable any unpaid carers, who care for a loved
one, friend, neighbour, etc, to gain an SVQ Level 2, while carrying out their
caring role at home. The skills, experiences and knowledge a carer has can be
transferred into an SVQ qualification.
What is involved in gaining this SVQ?
• The carer will be allocated an SVQ Assessor who will assess them against
nationally set standards (National Occupational Standards). The assessor will
come along and observe them in their caring role. • The carer will also provide written work to explain their work practices and
knowledge within their caring role.
What are the benefits to the carer?
• The carer will have increased confidence in their caring ability enabling
them to cope in a more relaxed manner.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE CARER HAS THE CONSENT OF THE PERSON THEY ARE CARING FOR.
For an informal chat and to gain further information please contact:
Sandra Baxter (SVQ Assessor – Unpaid Carers)
Telephone: 01466 794 272
Mobile: 07770 684 369