North Lanarkshire Carers Together pledges to improve the lives of carers within North Lanarkshire by actively linking carers and professionals together…
Did you know there is new law to support carers in Scotland? The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 was implemented in April 2018…
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.
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…
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 to assist regardless of whether you are new to caring or have been providing unpaid care and support for a number of years.
Carers Recent News Articles
The Carers (Scotland) Act requires Scottish Ministers to set timescales for preparing adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill with a life expectancy of up to 6 months. Informed by research from…read more
Scottish Labour Carer’s Allowance Discussion Paper Here is the discussion paper that has been published which highlights out a number of ideas where the payment of carers allowance can be improved. The consultation period…read more
Our recent conference took place on the 5th November and was host to a number of guest speakers, all of which discussed aspects of the new Carers Scotland Act. To download copies of the presentation slides please click the following link…read more
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…