Support for Carers in Clackmannanshire
Who is a carer ?
Carers have a primary role in looking after people who are ill, disabled, vulnerable or frail. Despite the many burdens that may be placed on people who are carers, they often feel rewarded by their role and see it as an extension of an already caring and loving relationship and wish to continue. Carers can also feel stressed and can suffer physical injury through caring, which in turn affects their quality of life and ability to care.
The government knows from research that carers are providing a substantial amount of care, often on their own and without the support of public services. Legislation and new directives from government have raised awareness of carers' needs and set out requirements for action by local authority and health providers in partnership with carers and organisations who support them.
It is estimated that there are 6000 carers in Clackmannanshire. Only a small percentage of carers have been in touch with the partnership of organisations providing services in the Clackmannanshire area.
Clackmannanshire Council and NHS Forth Valley aim to identify and reach "hidden" carers, by raising awareness, providing public information and ensuring that staff identify carers in need.
When someone who is providing care for friends or relatives is identified by social services, they are offered a Carers Assessment; This is the means by which social service and health service providers can be informed by carers about the care that they provide, the impact of caring on their own lives and the support they need to continue caring.
Additional Support and Information
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers Centreprovides information, advice and support for carers in Clackmannanshire. Their local office is at Ludgate House, Mar Place, Alloa, FK10 2AD, tel. 01259 226839.
You can also refer to the document Carers and their rights: the law relating to carers which is available on the Carers UK website.
We have a separate web page containing information about Young Carers.
Strategy for Carers
A local Carers Strategy Group includes representation from Clackmannanshire Council, NHS Forth Valley and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
Carers' Forum meetings have been convened to look at key issues for carers. Information about Carers' Forums can be obtained from The Princess Royal Trust for Carers Centre (Falkirk and Clackmannanshire).
In 2010, Caring Together The Carers' Strategy for Scotland 2010 - 2015 was launched and the Clackmannanshire Carers' Strategy Group will take this forward locally.
The Carers Strategy Group, which includes representation from carers reviewed the Strategy in 2009, and as a result regular Carers' Forum meetings have been convened to look at key issues for carers. Information about Carers' Forums can be obtained from The Princess Royal Trust for Carers Centre.
In 2012, a reviewed strategy for carers is being launched across the Forth Valley area, and a consultation has been carried out during July and August 2012. From the Forth Valley Strategy, local action plans will be developed by NHS, local authority and voluntary sector partners in Clackmannanshire.
The NHS Forth Valley Carer Information Strategy is funded until 2015 and is being put into action to ensure that carers are identified in the health care system and that they are informed about health provisions and support available. With support from NHS Forth Valley and Clackmannanshire Council, the Carers Centre has employed workers in hospital and community bases to promote a greater awareness of carers, and to provide information and training to staff and to carers themselves.
Re-Shaping Care for Older People is a 10 year programme (2011-2021) which is seeking to improve services for older people and their carers and to focus on community-based support and services. This programme provides funding which has been used to promote carer awareness, to identify carers and to offer training and additional support to carers. The Princess Royal Trust for Carers Centre (Falkirk and Clackmannanshire) can provide more information about the programme.
You can also refer to the Scottish Government's document on Self-directed Support: A National Strategy for Scotland.