North Lanarkshire Carers Together

North Lanarkshire Carers Together pledges to improve the lives of carers within North Lanarkshire by actively linking carers and professionals together…

Carers Rights



Did you know there is new law to support carers in Scotland? The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 was implemented in April 2018…









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Welcome to North Lanarkshire Carers Together

North Lanarkshire Carers Carers Together pledges to improve the lives of carers within North Lanarkshire by actively linking carers and professionals in meaningful working relationships. Our organisation is a registered charity working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire and a wide range of third sector and national organisations to influence policy development and service provision, which affect both carers and the people they care for.

Who is a Carer?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member, friend or neighbour.  They may care for an older person, someone who is disabled, someone with a long-term condition, someone with a mental health difficulty or someone who is affected by alcohol or drug misuse. Carers can be any age, from children to older people and from every community and culture.  Some carers may be disabled or have care needs themselves.  They may be parents, spouses, grandparents, siblings, same sex partners, friends or neighbours.  A young carer is a child or young person who has a significant role in looking after someone in their family.  They may have practical caring responsibilities or be emotionally impacted by a family member’s needs.



The Role of a Carer

Carers have a unique role in the lives of the people they care for.  They enable the people they care for to remain at home safely, independently and with dignity.  The care they provide saves the Scottish taxpayer more than £10 billion a year – the costs of a second NHS.  It is important therefore to recognise and support carers and enable them to continue with their caring role.

Carers Rights

Did you know there is new law to support carers in Scotland? The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 was implemented in April 2018. The Act extends the rights for carers and young carers in Scotland, placing a duty on local health and social care partnerships to provide carers support to access their rights which are outlined on the following page…


Carer’s Allowance Supplement Update

Carers living in Scotland who were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the Department of Work & Pensions on the qualifying date of Monday 16th April should receive the first payment of the Carer’s Allowance supplement by mid-October.

The supplementary payment is £221 and those eligible will receive payments automatically. If you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance and have not received your supplement payment contact the Social Security Scotland Helpline for free on 0800 182 2222.

A full guide to Carer’s Allowance Supplement can be downloaded from the following link…

Social Security in Scotland – New Video

The Minister for Social Security, Jeanne Freeman, has recorded an update for carers on the plans for social security in Scotland. In it she sets out the plans and timescales for setting up a social security agency in Scotland and taking over the 11 devolved benefits by 2020. She also answers questions which were raised by carers about the government’s plans.

The Youtube video can be watched here. Please feel free to share it and post it on your Websites, Facebook and other forms of social media. It is also available to use for carers groups and meetings.

Information provided by Coalition of Carers in Scotland

Draft Carers Act Regulations

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 was passed by the Scottish Parliament in March 2016. Regulations and guidance will accompany this Act to provide more detail on how local authorities and health boards must implement their duties under the Act.

Draft regulations have been developed by the Scottish Government, with input from various stakeholders including carers and members of the National Carer Organisations. The Scottish Government are accepting written submissions on the regulations until the of 24 of September.

The National Carer Organisations have developed a briefing paper which can be downloaded here: Draft Carers Act Regulations Briefing Paper

And an online survey where you can submit your views, which we will then include in our submission to government. You can find the questionnaire here: Carers Act Regulations and Carers Charter Questionnaire

Draft Carers Charter

There is a separate, related consultation on the draft Carers’ Charter.

The National Carer Organisations have developed a briefing paper which can be downloaded here: Carers Charter Briefing Paper

And the draft Carers Charter can be downloaded here

‘What to Expect’ Leaflet Range

Do you provide care for someone? You may be a parent, a partner, a son or daughter, a sister or brother or friend to someone who needs support as a result of their illness (physical or mental illness and substance misuse), condition or disability. If you provide them with help and support to manage their life – you are also a carer.

Click on the below links to download pdf leaflets from our range of ‘What to Expect’ guides…

What to Expect When You Make an Adult Carer Support Plan

What to Expect When You are Considering a Short Break

What to Expect The Carers (Scotland) Act Pathway to Support

What to Expect When You Make an Emergency Plan

Congratulations to Frida Skinner who is the first recipient of the Tony Fitzpatrick Special Achievement Award.

Frida is a young carer who helps to care for her Mum. Frida has embraced her caring role and since joining the Action for Children, North Lanarkshire Young Carers Project she has thrown herself into every opportunity, including providing talks in her school and within Action for Children about the issues faced by young carers. Frida says that the project has helped her to be strong and positive and to talk about her caring role with great pride and she wants to encourage other young carers to seek support and be the best they can be. Frida was also the recipient of the 2017 Young Person’s Award at the recent Women of Influence Event. The award was presented by Tony’s wife Aileen.

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About Us

During 1999, North Lanarkshire Council collaborated with various Carer groups to develop the North Lanarkshire Strategy for Carers. There was support then for the…

Carer Engagement

North Lanarkshire Carers Together is a member of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland (COCIS) and works in partnership with them in relation to promoting and developing…

Support for Carers

North Lanarkshire Carers Together recognises that as a Carer you may require a varied supports to sustain you in your caring role and we offer a wide range of services…