Working For You
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 problem 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, grandparents, husband, wife, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, 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 effected by a family members care needs.
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 cost of a second NHS Scotland. It’s important therefore to recognise and support Carers to enable them to continue caring while ensuring their quality of life is maintained.
What services do we offer carers in North Lanarkshire?
- Free membership to our organisation which provides carers with the opportunity to attend a minimum of 2 carer conferences per year and receive our twice yearly ‘Working for You’ newsletter.
- The opportunity to have your voice heard in the planning and re-design of services for carers and service users through active consultation processes facilitated by North Lanarkshire Carers Together or its partners.
- The opportunity to represent carers views on Strategic Planning groups with full training and support from our staff and directors.
- Support from our Carer Co-ordinators who work within all of the GP Practices within North Lanarkshire. This includes accessing the GP Carers Register and benefiting from a range of signposting and referrals made to support you in your caring role.
- Support from our Carer Information Link Workers who can provide you with a range of information and signposting to help you access local and national supports for you and the person you care for.
- We will promote your rights and represent your views with interest and integrity both at a local and Scottish Government level.