Unpaid Carers in Dumfries and Galloway are being invited to help shape the support they receive.
A series of consultation events starts this Friday, offering people performing this important role the chance to contribute to criteria which will help prioritise support and target resources as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Encouraging as many people as possible to attend the sessions, Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre assistant manager Lesley Jeffrey said: “Unpaid Carers play an incredibly important role in Dumfries and Galloway, and this is their opportunity to come forward and help shape a new structure which will have a direct impact on their day-to-day lives.
“We believe that anyone who attends one of these consultation sessions will find it of great interest, and hope that everyone takes up this opportunity to have their say.”
A Carer is a person of any age who provides unpaid help and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who cannot manage to live independently without the Carer’s help due to frailty, illness, disability or addiction - whether they live with the person or not. Adult Carers are at least 18 years old and Young Carers are under 18 years, or 18 while still being at school.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 comes into force on 1 April 2018. It introduces new rights to support for carers and duties for local councils and the NHS to provide that support. Its main aim is to ensure that carers are well supported so they can continue to care, if they wish, while keeping healthy and having a life outside caring.
User and Carer Involvement (UCI) and the Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre (DGCC) are carrying out a consultation with carers at events across the region to get their views on the Local Eligibility Framework.
The local authority will support information and advice services and other supports for those whose caring role has little or no impact on their lives. Those experiencing moderate impact will receive more support and the highest level of support will be provided to individuals whose caring role is having a critical or substantial impact on their lives.
Adult Carers should request an Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP) and Young Carers should request a Young Carers Statement (YCS). The Carers Centre will provide these forms, and can help with filling them in. The information given will identify what level of support may be needed, based on the impact of the caring role, and Local Eligibility Framework.
User and Carer Involvement (UCI) and Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre (DGCC) would like carers to help shape the eligibility criteria for Dumfries and Galloway by coming along to one of the consultation events to talk about the framework.
Friday 10 November, 1000 to 1200 [10am to 12 noon], The Bruce Restaurant, Gracie’s Banking, Annan DG12 6DW
Tuesday 14 November, 1230 to 1430 [12.30pm to 2.30pm], The Usual Place, Academy Street, Dumfries DG1 1BZ
Tuesday 21 November, 1230 to 1430 [12.30pm to 2.30pm], Burns House, Harbour Street, Stranraer DG9 7RD
Tuesday 5 December, 1030 to 1430 [10.30am to 2.30pm], Community Centre, Cotton Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1AJ
For more information on the Local Eligibility Framework or to book a place contact:
Lesley Jeffrey, t: 01387 248600 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to know what Carers and those supporting Carers think about the Framework by completing a short survey.
Survey closes on Monday 18 December 2017.