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CARER SUPPORT SERVICES

Carer Support Service

Carers are people who look after a partner, husband or wife, son or daughter, relative or friend with a disability or illness. Many carers live with the person they care for, but many look after someone who lives independently, in supported accommodation, in hospital, or in a residential or nursing home. Carers are family members or friends who look after someone without pay or financial reward. They are sometimes known as 'informal' carers.

Carers may be as young as 7 or 8 years, looking after a disabled parent or other siblings. Or they can be older people themselves, perhaps in their 80's looking after a partner or friend of similar age. Anyone looking after a person with an illness or disability, whatever their situation, is considered a carer with equal rights to help, support, information and services.

Key responsibilities of The Carer Support Service:

• To identify and reach carers from within North West Rural Edinburgh.

• To encourage carers to identify their own needs.

• To support existing group meetings and set up new groups as and when a need is identified or requested by carers.

• To encourage carers to become involved in relevant planning groups and forums.

• To facilitate directly or indirectly learning opportunities for carers identified needs.

• To offer support to individual carers at a time of particular crisis.

• To make carers aware of any changes to policies that may directly affect then, their rights, benefits and entitlements and when appropriate offer to support to complete applications.

Group support:

Evening Carer Support Group – meets on the first Wednesday of each month, usually in Kirkliston Bowling Club, from 7.30-9pm. This group has a varied programme – from invited speakers to 10-pin bowling. See photo gallery.

Carer Drop-in – meets of the last Wednesday of each month at The Haven, from 2-4pm. This is an opportunity to drop-in for a cuppa and a chat.

The Cool Club is a group for young people with disabilities and their parents/carers. The parents/carers supervise all activities undertaken by Cool Club youngsters.

Regular activities include:-

• Weekly fun session at The Haven, 25b Burgess Road, on Wednesdays from 4-5pm

• Fortnightly enjoy-a-ball sessions in The Scout Hall, Port Edgar, on Fridays from 2.30-3.15pm.

This group also plan activities during the school holidays. So far the group has tried – boating, skiing, bus trips to Blair Drummond Safari Park and East Links Farm Park, trips to the zoo and a trip on board the Forth Belle. Funding for these activities has come from Edinburgh Safety Partnership, local Enable and Forth Help a Child Appeal.
 


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