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.
Manifesto for Carers in Scotland
The National Carer Organisations have produced a Manifesto for Carers for the local council elections on the 4th of May 2017. We are calling on all candidates in the local council elections to agree to:
- Protect funding for carer support & ensure there are adequate resources to implement the Carers Act
- Increase efforts to improve short breaks provision
- Promote better, preventative support for carers of all ages
- Improve financial support for carers
- Support carers in and into employment
The Manifesto, along with a campaigning pack, is intended to help carers and the organisations that support them in lobbying candidates and parties in their local area. The Manifesto and Campaign pack are available to download from the below links:
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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Our Partners & Accreditations
During 1999, North Lanarkshire Council collaborated with various Carer groups to develop the North Lanarkshire Strategy for Carers. There was support then for the…
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…