CARERS HUB NEWSLETTER Autumn 2017
Inside this newsletter: Day Club News Respite for Carers Carers Conference 2017 Carers Week Whatâ€™s On Young Carers Young Adult Carers Thank yous! Identifying yourself as a Carer Hellos and Goodbyes Carers Conference At Dewars Centre On Thursday 16th November Donâ€™t forget to book your place!
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Welcome A warm welcome to our Autumn carers newsletter. In this edition you will find an update of all the exciting news and adventures from the carers service this summer. We hope that you will find useful contacts, information, dates for your diary and details of support available for carers within Perth & Kinross and further afield.
Recognising yourself as a Carer is an important step to acknowledging that you have an important role.
We do this by sharing information, helping you to access respite, funding, training or a variety of other services.
We know that your caring role can be stressful and demanding but hugely rewarding. The Carers Hub is here to help you find the right support and manage the impact that caring for someone can have on your own health and wellbeing.
If you would like to talk with one of our support workers to find out more please contact Laura.Mckenzie@pkavs.org.uk or call 01738 567076 and ask for Mary or Laura in the first instance.
Day Club Trip All year the staff in our Day Clubs have organised various fundraising events from coffee mornings to raffles to raise some extra money so that we can treat carers and the people they care for on the holidays we take. This year’s fundraising money went towards the cost of lunches there and back, the distillery tour, transport and additional staffing hours. Our trip this year took us up to Strathpeffer. 31 carers and the people they cared for had the chance to have a wee holiday and get away from their normal routine. The whole trip was organised from start to finish by our fantastic Day Club staff for those attending to enjoy. We stayed for 3 nights and 4 days at the Highland Bay Hotel and enjoyed a packed programme of activities and entertainment. Travelling up on Friday we stopped at a café in Kingussie, which was particularly nice for one carer as she went to high school there and her mum, who comes to the Day Club, remembered a lot about the area which invoked lots of nice memories for them both.
The hotel had a traditional Scottish entertainment programme and we were lucky to be in Strathpeffer to see the pipe band and highland dancers in the local square. Our trip to Glen Ord Distillery was really interesting. It’s the only place that Glen Ord singleton whisky is made and sold in Europe. As its sole purpose is to be distributed in the Asian market. Everyone really enjoyed the tour, with the highlight being a taste of the 12-year-old singleton whisky at the end. As part of the 4-day holiday we visited places such as Beauly and Inverness and we enjoyed some of the local highland hospitality and eateries.
“Thank you for helping to give us a few days away at the weekend. It was much appreciated and lots of laughs!”
Day Club Costs
C.A.P.A Research Programme
As part of our Adult Carers Service our Day Clubs offer respite places for the people whom our carers care for.
In May our Day Clubs in Perth and Blairgowrie joined the Care about Physical Activity (C.A.P.A) Research Programme.
The cost for attending one of our Day Clubs is £25.00. This is inclusive of lunch and transport, activities and day trips.
The opportunity came about on the back of our attendance at “Go for Gold” at Bell‘s Sports Centre this year. The purpose of the programme is to promote health and wellbeing using principles of a selfimprovement framework.
For further information or to make a referral to our Carers service please contact: 01738 567076 or email Mary.Giles@pkavs.org.uk. Emergency or short notice respite care is available at 48 hours’ notice. Please contact Linda McGougan, Day Club Team Leader for more information and costs on 01738 452229 or email Linda.McGougan@pkavs.org.uk. Page 2 | PKAVS CARERS HUB Autumn Newsletter 2017
The staff always put lots of effort into the planning and preparations of these holidays to ensure everyone has a great time. So a big thank you to them for all their hard work and dedication, especially to Sheena, Linda, Alison and Gosia for attending this year’s trip. We would also like to thank Kathleen Frew, Vice Chair of PKAVS, who popped in for a visit on Saturday night to say hello to everyone as she was in the area with her walking group.
“Thank you to the carers who accompanied us to Strathpeffer last weekend. Having the willing help where it was needed made such a difference to our enjoyment of a really special holiday”
We will be looking at using simple solutions and practical approaches to enable all our Day Club attendees to choose to be more active every day. George will be championing the first stage of the programme and will be working towards improving his fitness by taking both ‘step’ and ‘sit to stand’ challenges.
Coming up... Our next Bingo Tea will be on Monday 20th November from 7.30pm contact Linda McGougan for more information.
Respite for Carers Respitality
In 2016 we launched our Respitality Project which is a new and effective way the hospitality sector can help their local communities by recognising and appreciating the contribution of unpaid carers. The concept involves businesses from the hospitality sector offering complimentary stays (and other gifts such as dinners or leisure passes). These gifts are then matched with carers who have applied for a Respitality gift so they can have a short break away from the often heavy demands of their caring responsibilities and to recharge their batteries.
The Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society, known as The BEN has donated a beautiful bungalow in Pitlochry for carers to use as part of the Respitality project. This one-bedroom (twin bed) bungalow can be booked for periods up to one week at a charge of £70 which covers servicing and cleaning. It is situated a short walk from the town in a tranquil setting and has already proved very popular with the carers who have stayed. For more information about respite options for carers or to book the Pitlochry bungalow please contact Marthe Handling by email Marthe.Handling@pkavs.org.uk or call 01738 567076.
“I work full-time as well as caring for my daughter and I never have time for myself. This day made me stop and think that from time to time in order to cope I need to sometimes prioritise myself. I honestly didn’t realise how much stress I was putting myself under until I was forced to stop. Thank you for my pamper day”
Based on the success of last year’s Time4Me project, we can confirm that Shared Care Scotland have agreed to continue funding the project for a further year! The application process will be open from October 2017 to September 2018, however the fund may close earlier if the entire allocated grant is spent. The aim of Time4Me is to give carers the opportunity to take a break or time out from the stresses and pressures of caring to improve their wellbeing and help sustain their caring role.
“I would go again, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found it very relaxing. We even took our folding chairs to sit out in the back garden because it was so peaceful and quiet, it didn’t cause my husband any distress, keeping him and me at peace”
All breaks are very individual and Time4Me gives you the flexibility to choose what you want to do, when you want to do it and with whom you want to do it with. It could be a day out, weekend away, season ticket, or just getting your hair done – the list is endless and the choice is yours. For more information about respite options for carers please contact Marthe Handling by email Marthe.Handling@pkavs.org.uk or call 01738 567076.
Carers Conference 2017 We welcome all unpaid carers and professionals to this year’s Carers Conference which will be held at the Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth from 9:30am - 3:30pm on Thursday 16th November. It will follow a similar format to last year’s conference and will be opened by Councillor Willie Wilson. Everyone will have the opportunity to listen to talks covering new respite opportunities, a carers journey, the Carers Act, and Carers Positive. There will be time set aside for Q&A sessions. You will also get the opportunity to attend 2 interactive workshops, browse the various
information stalls and meet other carers and professionals. A buffet lunch will be provided. Reimbursement of transport costs and/or complementary replacement care in our Day Clubs or through respite vouchers can be provided to enable carers to attend. If you would like to attend please complete the enclosed booking form. You can return this in the freepost envelope that has been provided. For more information or to book your place via the phone please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 568076 or email Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk.
Carers Week Carers Week (12th - 18th June 2017) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. We would like to send out a massive thank you to EVERYONE who came to the events we organised throughout Perth and Kinross to celebrate carers and raise awareness of PKAVS Carers Hub support services during Carers Week.
What did we get up to this Carers Week? We held a Street Café in Crieff, information stalls in Sainsbury’s, SSE and Perth Royal Infirmary, Carer Aware sessions with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Perth and Kinross Council, organised a Multicultural Afternoon Tea in Blairgowrie, attended a Carers Coffee Morning at Pitlochry High School, highlighted the real life issues of being a carer through a national STV news feature and ended the week with a bang at our Carers Celebration Bash! Page 3 | PKAVS CARERS HUB Autumn Newsletter 2017
What’s On? There are various groups and cafés throughout Perth and Kinross where carers will find a warm welcome and can meet other carers and share experiences.
ARTS & CRAFTS
The Kinross Carer’s café is on the 1st Monday of each month.
The Invergowrie community café is on the last Thursday of the month and runs from 10:00 – 12:00.
We are looking to set up a Carers Support Group in Perth focussed on developing Arts and Crafts skills.
We meet in the All Soul’s Church Hall and you can contact PKAVS Adult Carers Hub on 01738 567076 for more information.
If you are interested in attending a session please contact Helen Quinn for more details on 01738 567076 or email Helen.Quinn@pkavs.org.uk.
We meet in Kinross Community Campus 10:00 -12:00. You can contact Gail Boath on 01577 867306 or Annette Bond on 01738 567076 for more information.
STRATHMORE CARER’S SUPPORT GROUP The Strathmore Carer’s support group meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Below is the programme of events, activities and information sessions that have been organised everyone is more than welcome to come along.
2017 Programme SEPT
20 TEC/Community Alarms (PKC)
6 Legal Must Do’s
Scam Awareness (Trading Standards)
20 Festive Lunch Out
Venue: Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie PH10 6BT Time: 13:00 - 15:00 Contact: Erman Maglalang, 01738 567076, Erman.Maglalang@pkavs.org.uk
PERTH CARER’S SUPPORT GROUP The Perth Carer’s Support Group – ‘Me Time’ meetings are open to all unpaid carers and allows them an opportunity to meet other carers in an informal relaxed setting.
2017 Proposed Programme OCT
20 Arbroath MacKay’s Jam Factory & Fish Supper
6 Legal Must Do’s
Christmas Lunch (venue to be arranged)
2018 Proposed Programme JAN
20 Air Ambulance Talk MARCH
20 Visit Kirriemuir (meet at Gateway 12:00 return 15:00) JUNE
Visit Walled Garden
Venue: The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP (unless stated otherwise) Time: 13:00 - 15:00 Contact: Keith Scott, 01738 567076, Keith.Scott@pkavs.org.uk
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Carers Voice The ‘Carers Voice’ is a group established by Carers to provide friendship and support to Unpaid Carers across Perth & Kinross. The Group was set up in 2010.
All meetings are held at 11:00. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 for more information.
Our aim is to ensure that all unpaid Carers in Perth & Kinross are recognized and supported in their caring role. It is very important that Carer’s opinions and needs are listened to and that they have an opportunity to speak directly to decision makers and receive appropriate information and advice to help them cope with the role of an Unpaid Carer. We would welcome any unpaid carers wishing to come along to any or all of the meetings. The next meetings will be held on: • 31st October, 2017 • 12th December, 2017
Carers Training At the Carers Hub we work together with other organisations to develop opportunities for carers to learn new skills and extend their knowledge, aiming to help carers feel more supported in their role. At present we have a range of learning opportunities throughout the whole of Perth and Kinross. Training is open to anyone who is an unpaid carer, and for any professionals or volunteers who feel it is relevant to their professional development. If you attended any training offered through us we would love to hear your feedback – was it useful and meet your expectations? Would you like it repeated in a different location or time of the day? And, most of all, are there any topics that you would like to see added and receive training on? We are mindful of the restrictions and demands that carers experience. We are keen to hear feedback from carers and partners and try different approaches.
Six Legal Must Do’s – Planning for The Future
This popular session covers legal “must dos” such as Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Wills, Care Home Costs, Legal Aid and Advanced Directives. Hosted by Solicitors for Older People Scotland.
Hosted by PKAVS and Alzheimers Scotland. Why not take the opportunity to come along and learn more about what it’s like it live with dementia and the small things you can do to support people living with dementia in their everyday lives.
18:00 - 20:00 (dinner from 17:30) Crieff Community Campus, Pittenzie Road, Crieff, PH7 3JN
18:00 - 20:00 (dinner from 17:30) St Margaret’s Hospital Day Room, St Margarets Drive, Auchterarder, PH3 1JH
To share your feedback or to book a space at the training listed here please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk.
Social Therapies for Carers We know that a little pampering and some time to relax can make a difference and carers can access social therapies in a variety of areas throughout Perth and Kinross. Carers can choose from a variety of different therapies and enjoy a 45 minute treatment alongside other carers and therapists. Therapy days are relaxed and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome by our workers and other carers there on the day. Booking for therapies will open 1 week prior to the therapy date e.g. Next Perth Therapy day is Friday 27th October so booking opens Friday 20th of October.
• Perth, 1:00 - 15:00 Last Friday of each month at PKAVS The Gateway, N. Methven St.
• Kinross, 09:30 - 14:30 1st Monday of each month at Kinross Community Campus.
• Aberfeldy, 11:00 - 15:00 Last Wednesday of each month at Aberfeldy Health Centre.
• Blairgowrie, 10:15 - 13:45 1st Tuesday of each month at ARC Jessie Street, Blairgowrie.
• Crieff, 10:15 - 14:30 Last Tuesday of each month at Crieff Learning Centre. For more information or to book call Marthe Handling on 01738 567076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Young Carers The summer period has been the busiest programme of events for the Young Carers Service. We delivered 8 day trips supporting 140 young carers and 3 residential breaks to Blackpool, Scottish Young Carers Festival and Canada. For more information on the trips and residentials we offered please check out the Young Carers section of our website www.pkavscarershub.org.uk/YCindex.
The next day we were up bright and early for a tour to Niagara Falls. We visited the Falls and went on a boat ride called the Horn Blower which went right up to them, it felt like we were being rained on. We also spent some time shopping and having lunch before continuing our tour for the day to see the Whirlpools on the Niagara River, the flower clock and the little town Niagara-on-the-lake.
Evenings at camp were spent watching different shows including a hypnotist and a band as well as watching a movie, karaoke and of course campfires. Although everyone felt a bit homesick at times the young carers were supported through this by their peers and by staff.
10 young carers recently returned from a trip to Canada, supported by PKAVS Young Carers Service, where they stayed at Camp Kahuna, Toronto. The camp is run by Kids4kids, a Canadian organisation that specialises in leadership skills and anti-bullying training and awareness amongst young people in Canada. 4am on August 3rd 2017. The tickets were booked, the passports were ready and the bags were packed! After a 7 hour flight we arrived in Toronto where it was a toasty 22 degrees.
apprehensive about what to expect, but soon got stuck into a giant game of capture the flag. During the week we took part in so many different activities including drumming, magic, dance, weird science, drama, scavenger hunt and an escape room. The afternoons at camp were spent doing big activities including game shows, The Kahuna Olympics, a Carnival and a visit to the creek.
On Saturday we headed out early towards the CN Tower, where we all supported one another to make it to the highest level at 1,467 ft. Some of us even managed to stand on the glass floor at 1,122ft. We then headed along the waterfront, bumping into Spiderman who swept us all off our feet, before catching a water taxi to Toronto Islands. The little boat was so fun as we jetted over to the islands and we got an amazing view of the skyscrapers.
When Camp finished on Friday we said all our goodbyes and thank-you and headed back to the city for our final night in Toronto. We dropped all our stuff off at the hotel and went out for dinner before heading to a Blue Jays game. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric and we all enjoyed some popcorn and cold drinks while watching the game. Saturday saw us pack up and reflect on what an amazing time we all had before heading off to the airport for the journey home.
The Sunday saw us head to Camp Kahuna, which was the main purpose of the trip. When we arrived everyone was a little “I think PKAVS Young Carers is an amazing group and it has helped me and my wee brother so much by giving us the chance to get time away and to relax and to create memories like this trip will be a great memory that will stay with me forever.”
Young Adult Carers It’s been a busy summer for the Young Adult Carers Service. We’ve seen 10 carers join the service, a new programme of activities launched and a survey sent out to see what YACs want from the service. A new Transition Group has started which is a 12 week programme to help new Young Adult Carers get to know each other, build up their confidence and make plans for the future. If this goes well, we’ll look for funding to run this again next year. The Guys Group meets monthly and is growing each time. A small group of hardy guys braved a rainy Saturday morning for some amazing mountain bike action at Comrie Croft. Meanwhile, the Girls Group is now also monthly on a Wednesday. Page 6 | PKAVS CARERS HUB Autumn Newsletter 2017
They organised a trip to M&Ds this summer – waterslides, high diving pirates and marmosets were the highlights! We’re developing our work with Perth College UHI to make sure student carers feel supported to achieve and succeed at college. We’re looking forward to working more closely with the Student Support team. We’re also looking at developing our rural group work in Blairgowrie and Crieff.
Let us know if you have any ideas! The summer also saw a number of Young Adult Carers enjoying respite breaks and activities funded by Time4Me, Support in Mind and Carers Trust. This made a huge difference to people getting away on all kinds of adventures!
If you’d like more info about our Young Adult Carers service, please contact Helen on 01738 567076 or email Helen.Munro@pkavs.org.uk.
Thank You Volunteer
Funding & Grants
We would not be able to run our services without our volunteers and would like to say a massive heartfelt thank you for all their hard work.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all our funders and partners without whom we wouldn’t be able to deliver our services to the unpaid carers of Perth and Kinross.
If you are interested in volunteering with our Carers Hub, then please contact Mary Giles on 01738 567076.
Identifying yourself as a Carer Emergency planning cards from PKC
Perth and Kinross Council offer a free service for Carers so the person that depends on you can get the right support they need in an emergency situation. Our support workers offer their time to help you plan for any emergency situations that might come up such as an illness, personal crisis or an unexpected event. An emergency plan is a written document that sets out the practical arrangements for short term, unplanned circumstances when the carer is unable to fulfil their caring role. If you are interested in getting your own Emergency Carer’s Card then please contact the Adult Carer’s Team on 01738 567076.
Young Carer Identification cards
In January we launched the Young Carer Identification Scheme. The Scheme consists of an ID Card issued to young carers in Perth & Kinross. The card will enable children aged 8 to 16 in a caring role to be recognised as a young carer, increase the confidence of the young carer to manage their caring role, allow medical professionals to share appropriate information with the young carer at their discretion, and assist schools in identifying young carers and putting measures in place to support them. If you would like more information on how to request an ID card then please contact Billy Morrison on 01738 567076 or email Billy.Morrison@pkavs.org.uk. Page 7 | PKAVS CARERS HUB Autumn Newsletter 2017
Hellos and Goodbyes Over the past few months we have bid farewell to Cat, Kerry, Jasmin and Magdalena and welcomed the following to the Carers Hub Team:
Name: Marlena Nowaczyk Title: Adult Carers Development Officer
Name: Irene Duthie Title: Young Carers Admin Assistant
“I’m very pleased to have joined the Carers Hub team earlier this month. I’ve been working at PKAVS for 6 years and I’m really excited about my new role! I’m looking forward to finding out exactly what carers need to feel supported and relaxed and to be working with other organisations to support carers in achieving that.”
“I am so looking forward to joining PKAVS. When I first chatted to Billy, he totally impressed me with his enthusiasm for the job and it seems the whole team are like this too! So I’m hoping I can add my enthusiasm, along with my admin skills to the Young Carers Team and support them in their very essential roles.”
Name: Gail Hunter Title: Young Carers Support Worker
Name: Helen Quinn Title: Adult Carers Support Worker
“I have 12 years of experience working with children. I recently left a 6year senior post for an outdoor nature kindergarten were I learnt fire making skills and tool work, basically bear grills experiences for 2-5years. I love the outdoors I enjoy being outside with my dog and climbing mountains. I love a challenge and am keen to support and help young carers. I am looking forward to taking over the Blairgrowire groups and working with Crieff groups.”
“I started with PKAVS Adult Carers Hub in August this year so I’m still getting to know my way around. I am really looking forward to getting to know my carers and finding out how I can best support them in the excellent job they are doing. I applied for and have been granted funding to start up a new Adult Carer Craft group. The venue, days and times all still to be confirmed so please keep an eye on our website more updates about this.”
Name: Kathleen Murray Title: Adult Carers Support Worker
Name: Carrie Geddes Title: Young Carers Support Worker
“I started work with PKAVS on the 10th July 2017. I am astounded at the amazing work PKAVS does to support carers. I am delighted to be part of an organisation that recognises and respects all the work that carers do. This is a new role for me and finding out about the time and energy people are given to care for another person is an amazing attribute and I am honoured to be part of a proactive caring team.”
“I am most looking forward to getting to know the young carers and their families. Going forward I will be looking to inject as much fun into the fortnightly respite groups as possible, really get everyone involved and identify the different strengths of all our young carers. I look forward to organising holiday activities, and seeing the big smiles on everyone’s faces- it makes all the hard work worth it!”
Name: Christine Tse Title: Policy Officer “I’ve recently joined PKAVS to help ensure the new Carers Act is successfully implemented in Perth and Kinross. I really hope the implementation of this new Act would assist carers better in their caring roles. It’s fantastic to have joined such a vibrant and diverse organisation and I am looking forward to working alongside health and social care partners and contributing to the impactful work of PKAVS.”
Contact us Telephone: 01738 567076 Email: Laura.Mckenzie@pkavs.org.uk Online: www.pkavscarershub.org.uk In Writing: PKAVS, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP Every effort is made to ensure that the information in this newsletter is correct. Perth & Kinross Carers Hub cannot accept any liability for errors and omissions and cannot recommend products or services. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of The Carers Trust or the PKAVS Carers Hub.
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