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, daughters, brothers, 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 affected 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.
Stage 3 Debate and Amendments – The Carers (Scotland) Bill
The final debate of the Carers (Scotland) Bill was held in Parliament on the 4th of February. The Bill was then voted through to become an Act of Parliament. Several of the amendments supported by carers and carer support organisations were passed. There were also some disappointments, including the failure of the amendment to introduce national, rather than local eligibility criteria for support. This amendment was narrowly defeated in a vote.
For a summary of the debate - click this link:
To read the full transcript - click this link:
The Minister also made a very welcome announcement when he confirmed that the government intend to continue Carer Information Strategy funding in 2016 / 2017. He said: “We are continuing to support both adults and young carers in 2016 – 17, subject to the Parliament’s final approval of the budget. We are providing more than £8 million in 2016-17 for the voluntary sector short breaks fund, health board carer information strategies and other initiatives.”
Our staff are delighted to have met so many unpaid carers last week as we celebrated Carers Week. We are currently working through new memberships and will respond to all information requests in due course. Watch this space for new dates within the GP practices.
Please also visit our “Dates for the Diary” page for more information on our Family Event later this month:
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…