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Carers Learning Opportunities

As an unpaid carer, it is important to invest in your own personal development – this can be in connection with your caring role (such as learning more about the condition of the person you support) or it can be about gaining or utilising skills in relation to your caring role.

We have collated various learning opportunities that we are aware of in the Perth and Kinross area that you may be interested in accessing.

For professionals who would like to advertise any learning opportunities that unpaid carers can access, please contact Kerry Donaghy on 01738 452221 or kerry.donaghy@pkavs.org.uk

Being Aware of Scams

This session is in conjunction with Perth and Kinross Council’s Trading Standards. The session will cover the current scams happening in Perth and Kinross, and how you can spot them.

A handy session for anyone supporting vulnerable people in the community.

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Date:    Wednesday 15th November 2017

Time:    1pm - 3pm

Venue:  Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6BT

Booking is required for both events. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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Being Heard - A Self-Advocacy Toolkit

This toolkit created by Carers Scotland provides information and suggests techniques to help carers advocate for themselves. Also signposts and links to other elements of the Toolkit for carers to access for more information

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CAB Financial Capability

Perth Citizen Advice Bureau and its partners would like to invite public and professionals to the Financial Capability Week event on Tuesday, 14th November 2017 between 10am and 3pm at the Council Chamber, 2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH.

Participants will have an opportunity to #TalkMoney with various organisations and join the following activities:

  • at 10:30 am - talk from the Welfare Rights Team on what to do if the benefit has been turned down,
  • at 12 pm – join the CAB’s financial capability board game,
  • at 1 pm – find out from CAB how to plan for your retirement income.

 

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We expect representatives from CAB Debt team, Perth and Kinross Credit Union, SCARF, Christians Against Poverty, Housing Associations, PKC Housing and Council Tax payments teams. 

For more information please contact Perth CAB Magda.Szmeichel@Perthcab.casonline.org.uk 

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CAP Money Course

Struggling to balance the budget after the festive period?  Was Christmas on the cards – credit cards that is?  The CAP Money Course could be just what you need.

 

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This free, short money course makes managing your money simple.  It will teach you budgeting skills and a simple cash based system to help you get to grips with your finances.  The course will be held  fortnightly in the Breadalbane Campus on three Mondays 29th January, 12th February and 26th February from 1.30-3.30pm.  

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) have been operating in Highland Perthshire for four years now and have been helping people to become completely debt-free.  CAP has delivered the Money Course to more than 45 people in our community and everyone has learned something from it.  One participant said “I would stress the confidentiality of the course and that everyone would gain from attending, even if they didn’t feel they had any problems with managing money”.

This is a very informal DVD based course full of helpful tips and hints…..  If you would like to find out more or book a place on the course, either go online at www.capmoney.org , email angelahanvey@capuk.org or call 07513 652597

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Carers Get Digital

Information and training on using your iPad and/or Tablet. Access to the internet can provide information about your local community, services, opportunities and rights. It can be used for support, give access to education and provide entertainment. One to one support is offered as required.

Booking is essential, as classes run depending on demand. One to one support is available for carers in their own home when required. 

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BLAIRGOWRIE

Location: Blairgowrie Library
Dates: Every Tuesday

PERTH

Location: North Inch Community Campus
Dates: Ev
ery Wednesday 

For more information please contact:

Gail Phillips, Learning Co-Ordinator, Lead Scotland
07775851507
gphillips@lead.org.uk 

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Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Explore the key issues related to caring for a relative with sychosis or schizophrenia with this short, free online course

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CONNECT Training

If you have personal experience of mental health issues and want to benefit from training, work or study opportunities then CONNECT with us!

Run by Perth College UHI in partnership with MINDSPACE, this 16-week project takes place two mornings a week and aims to support people, opening up choices for the future.

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The CONNECT course is designed to develop your skills and build confidence to help you move forward. You will also learn about assertiveness, self awareness, team building and employability skills.

The training will help you:

  • identify skills, qualities and talents
  • find out about training and work options
  • undertake small group projects
  • set practical goals for the future
  • try a short period of volunteering

To find out more:

  • call 01738 877715 or 01738 631639
  • or pick up a leaflet from Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth or from MINDSPACE, 18-20 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EH

Please find attached booking form to book your place:

Booking Form 

Mindspace

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Creative Mindfulness (Knit & Natter)

Weekly learning and social opportunity by Mindspace

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PERTH

Location: Contact Mindspace to confirm
Time:
10.30am-12.30pm
Date:
 Every Thursday

How to book a course:

Online: www.mindspacepk.com
Phone: 01738 639657

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Dementia Awareness Sessions

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. 

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Date:    Wednesday 25th October 2017 

Time:    6pm - 8pm (Dinner from 5.30pm)

Venue:  St Margaret's Health Centre Day Room, St Margarets Drive, Auchterarder, PH3 1JH

Booking is required for both events. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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Dementia Information

Do you need information about living with a diagnosis of dementia? Support someone living with dementia? Or you may be worried about your memory? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, drop in to speak with staff from Perth and Kinross Council and Alzheimer Scotland. This is a group for people who are able to attend safely on their own or who are accompanied by someone to support them.  

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10am-12pm (Last Tuesday of the month)
3.30pm-7pm (First Tuesday of every month)

Both sessions at the Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie

For Further information, please contact Christine Fleming on 01250 871919 or Fiona Matthews on 01738 562358 or fmatthews@alzscot.org 

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Dementiaville

Open Learn resource on the TV series Dementiaville.

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This is an online resource:

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/tv/dementiaville 

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Digital Skills Drop In

Would you like to improve your skills on your laptop, tablet or smartphone?

Do you feel like you aren't making the most of your device?

Do you have a disability or are you an unpaid carer?

Then come along to our FREE weekly drop-in!

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Drop in sessions from 16th January 2018

Date:    Tuesdays

Time:    3.30pm - 5.30pm

Venue:  PKAVS Day Centre, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP


For more information contact:

Amulree Welch on 07775851507 or awelch@lead.org.uk 

OR

Marlena on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk 

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Direct Learning 1:1

Developing literacy skills on a one to on basis in a relaxed atmosphere, learning at your own pace.

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PERTH

Location: AK Bell Library, Perth
Time:
To Suit Participant
Date:
 To Suit Participant

For more information:

Contact Angie MacInnes on 01738 477078, 07799 470055 or ARMacinnes@pkc.gov.uk 

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Dyslexia 'Drop In'

Informal chat, support & information

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PERTH

Location: AK Bell Library, Perth
Time: 10am-12pm
Date: Last Saturday of the month

For more information:

Call 01786 446650 or 07947 975569

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Emergency Planning

A short informal workshop introducing the who, what, why, when and how of emergency planning for carers. ENABLE Scotland recently launched an Emergency Planning Toolkit which has been designed as a resource to support carers to plan for emergencies in their own time, at their own pace, we will explore these resources during the workshop.

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Date:    Wednesday 30th August 2017

Time:    6pm - 8pm (Dinner from 5.30pm)

Venue:  St Margaret's Health Centre Day Room, St Margarets Drive, Auchterarder, PH3 1JH

Booking is required. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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Emotional CPR

Assisting others through an Emotional Crisis

20th & 21st September 2017

PLUS Perth are pleased to announce that Dr Daniel B. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., will lead a 2-day emotional cpr workshop at St Marys Monastery, Perth on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September.

Emotional CPR is an accredited course which teaches people to assist others through an emotional crisis by connecting, empowering and revitalising. (www.emotional-cpr.org)  

This training has been made possible through funding from local Trusts and Foundations.

"It was one of the most profound experiences I have ever had. This is the kind of work I want to do to rebuild community"

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Statutory sector - £185

Non P&K citizen - £185

Vol. organisation - £90

Nonwaged/carer - FREE

For more information or to book a place, please contact PLUS Perth - 01738 626242, plusperth@msn.com, www.plusperth.co.uk  

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English for Speakers of Other Languages

Classes for teaching English as a second language.

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All classes taking place at AK Bell Library, Perth.

ESOL for starter/beginners: Tuesday 5.15pm-7.15pm or Thursday 11.30am-1.30pm

ESOL (Access 3): Tuesday 11.30am-1.30pm or Thursday 5.30pm-7.30pm

ESOL Intermediate: Thursday 1.15pm-2.45pm

To book, please contact:

ESOL Starter/Beginners course:

Lyn Tuer (Tuesday class) on 01738 477092 or learningcurve@pkc.gov.uk 

Angie Hillyer (Thursday class) on 01738 477091 or ahillyer@pkc.gov.uk 

ESOL (Access 3) course:

Angie Hillyer (Tuesday class) on 01738 477091 or ahillyer@pkc.gov.uk 

Mary Gillespie (Thursday class) on 01738 567076 or info@meadproject.org.uk 

ESOL Intermediate course:

Rosalind Ashling 01738 477079, 07799 470055 or rashling@pkc.gov.uk 

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Free Digital Skills Training

Culture Perth and Kinross (Libraries) are offering free digital skills sessions.

The informal learning follows a programme of short, interactive courses on basic digital skills which learners can work through at their own pace with the support of a tutor. 

More advanced sessions on GSuite (formerly Google Apps), desk top publishing and creating websites are also available.

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Drop in sessions from week beginning 10th April 2017

Date:    Tuesdays

Time:    2pm - 4.30pm

Venue:  AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP


Date:    Thursdays

Time:    2pm - 4.30pm

Venue:  Alyth Library, Alyth, Blairgowrie, PH11 8AH


Date:    Friday

Time:    2pm - 4.30pm

Venue:  Birnam

For more information contact: Sheila Mackay, Digital Skills Volunteer Coordinator on sheilamackay@culturepk.org.uk

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Heartstart Training

A CPR course covering:

  • calling for help
  • abdominal thrusts
  • recognising signs of heart attack
  • putting someone in recovery position

If asked, choking and CPR for infants can be demonstrated too. Hosted by Heartstart.

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Date:    Saturday 19th August & Saturday 23rd September

Time:    10am - 12pm

Venue:  Perth

To book these sessions please phone 01382 740400 or email helenjbrady@nhs.net or jodi.moodie@nhs.net 


Date:    Wednesday 27th September 2017 

Time:    6pm - 8pm (dinner served from 5.30pm)

Venue:  Crieff Community Campus, Pittenzie Road, Crieff, PH7 3JN

Booking is required. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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Mindfulness Relaxation

A weekly drop in where you can learn techniques to relax.

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PERTH

Location: Contact Mindspace to confirm
Time: 2pm-3.30pm
Date: Every Thursday

How to book a course:

Online: www.mindspacepk.com
Phone: 01738 639657

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New Psychoactive Substances and Club Drugs

A Handbook Guide has been published for Parents and Carers on how to talk with your children about New Psychoactive Substances and Club Drugs. The Guide has been produced by Mentor UK and Adfam. To read the comprehensive guide please click here.

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Numbers and You

Brushing up and/or developing number skills in a relaxed atmosphere with an experienced tutor.

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PERTH

Location:
 AK Bell Library, Perth
Time: 9.45am-11.30am
Date: Every Friday 

Contact Angie Macinnes on 01738 477078, 07799 470055 or ARMacinnes@pkc.gov.uk 

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Numeracy, Literacy and IT Drop In

Drop in by Mindspace

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PERTH

Location: Contact Mindspace to confirm
Time: 10am-12pm
Date: Every Tuesday 

How to book a course:

Online: www.mindspacepk.com
Phone: 01738 639657


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Open University - Caring For Carers

Carers look to The Open University for a variety of reasons: some carers want to build on the knowledge and skills they’ve gained while caring, some want to resume studies that had to be put on hold, and others are looking for something completely different as a contrast or outlet to their caring role.

Whatever the motivation the flexibility of the OU allows carers to fit study around their caring commitments.

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Perth Carer Theatrics

An independent project, supported by PKAVS Adult Carers and Horsecross. Whether you are a novice or experienced, join in this fun and interactive drama group!

Running until the end of June, but carers can join in at any point.

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Every Monday
7pm-9pm
Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth

For more information, please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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Perth Online

Lead Scotland’s new project Perth Online supports people to learn digital skills. People who identify as being disabled, or are a carer or people who feel they are disadvantaged and experience barriers to learning.

The Perth & Kinross project will initially focus on the following geographical areas: Blairgowrie/Rattray, north and city centre Perth. If you live elsewhere please still get in touch and if we have capacity we will try to get to you too.

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PERTH & BLAIRGOWRIE/RATTRAY

Location, Dates and Times provided on request.

Please contact Lead Scotland Perth & Kinross Learning Co-ordinator, Gail Phillips, gphillips@lead.org.uk or 07775 851507 for more information

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Planning For The Future

Learn about the 'Six Must Dos' including Wills, Power Of Attorney, Advance Directive, Care Costs, Guardianship and Legal Aid.

A learning opportunity with PKAVS Carers Hub and Caesar Howie Solicitors

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Date:    Tuesday 13th September

Time:    6pm - 8pm

Venue:  Number 3, King Street, Perth

Booking is required. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

 

 

 

 

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Playlist for Life

Playlist for Life encourages families and caregivers to create a playlist of personally meaningful music on an iPod for people with dementia. There is mounting evidence that if people with dementia are offered frequent access to the music in which their past experience and memories are embedded, it can:

  • Improve their present mood,
  • Improve their awareness,  
  • Improve their ability to understand and think, 
  • Help their sense of identity and independence.
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This is an online resource:

https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/for-someone-else 

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Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)

Are you a friend, relative or carer for someone with mental health issues in the Crieff Area?  Support in Mind are offering free places on a 2 day NHS Scotland's Mental Health First Aid Course, for carers (friends, and family) of people with mental health issues who are resident in the Crieff area. 

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The course takes place on 29th & 30th November 9.45am - 4pm at Crieff Hydro.  Lunch & coffee are provided.  Booking is essential.   If you are aged 16 -65 and interested please contact Julie at Support in mind to find out more and to book a place Phone 01738 580899 JMaceachen@supportinmindscotland.org.uk

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Sensory Awareness training

  • Increase your awareness of the practical and emotional impact of having a sensory impairment – that is, a visual or hearing impairment or both.
  • Encourage you to start to identify how you can work with and support someone who has a sensory impairment.
  • Tell you about some of the equipment and resources that can support someone with a sensory impairment.
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Training is by request at present. 

For more information, please contact:

Libby Hillhouse, NE Sensory Services, 08452712345 (textphone) or 01224 625622 (voice), libby.hillhouse@nesensoryservices.org 

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Six Legal Must Dos - Planning for The Future

This popular session covers legal “must dos” such as:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Guardianship
  • Wills
  • Care Home Costs
  • Legal Aid
  • Advanced Directives

Hosted by Solicitors for Older People Scotland.

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Date:    Wednesday 18th October 2017

Time:    1pm - 3pm

Venue:  Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6BT


Date:    Wednesday 29th November 2017

Time:    6pm - 8pm (Dinner from 5.30pm)

Venue:  Crieff Community Campus, Pittenzie Road, Crieff, PH7 3JN

Booking is required for all dates. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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Skills Zone

Basic computer skills, form filling, CVs, support with job search and more.

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Location: AK Bell Library, Perth
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm (Wednesdays) 9.30am-11.30am (Fridays)
Date: Every Wednesday & Friday 

 

For more information:

Contact Willie Sinclair (Wednesday sessions) on 01738 477092 or winclair@pkc.gov.uk

Contact Trish Rodger (Friday sessions) on 01738 477092 or pjrodger@pkc.gov.uk 

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SMART Recovery Family & Friends

The SMART Recovery Family & Friends (F&F) Programme offers an evidence-based approach to support individuals with a loved one struggling with addiction. SMART F&F includes tools from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in combination with the highly acclaimed CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) programme. The programme is designed to help those affected by a loved one’s addictive behaviour to learn new ways of dealing with the challenges, thoughts and emotions that they experience.

The programme looks at areas including Positive Communication, Disabling the Enabling, Trust and Self Care. SMART F&F will help participants to view their own behaviours, challenge their thinking and find more effective ways to interact with their loved one, as well as learning ways to empower themselves.

Suitable for carers that support someone with a substance misuse addiction.

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Location: St Mark's Church, Letham, Perth
Time:
5.15pm-7.15pm
Date:
Every Wednesday

For more information:

Richard Lister, Cair Scotland on 01738 451594 or richard.lister@cairscotland.org.uk

 

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TEC Awareness Session

This session is hosted by the Community Alarms team at PKC, and will cover the following:

  • Introduction to technology-enabled care (e.g. telecare, telehealth, digital platforms)
  • Overview of TEC products (e.g. personal alarms, falls monitors, GPS locators, flood detectors)
  • TEC case studies
  • Referral route for TEC

Sessions that take place at Beechgrove will also include a tour of the SmartFlat where many TEC products are on display. 

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Date:    Wednesday 20th September 2017

Time:    1pm - 3pm

Venue:  Adult Resource Centre, Jessie Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6BT

Booking is required. Please contact Marlena Nowaczyk on 01738 567076 or Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk for queries and bookings.

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The Forgetful Elephant Information

Irene MacKay has written a book called The Forgetful Elephant which helps to raise children’s awareness of dementia. Suitable for all ages. The session will have extracts from the book, a chance to purchase the book and to ask advice from Irene.

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Sessions will be run based on demand for session in this area.

 

For more information:

Contact Irene on enquiries@irenemackay.com

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The New Carers Act - How does it affect me

It is really important that you are aware of what new changes the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 are bringing in from 1 April 2018 which will affect all unpaid carers of all ages. These changes may affect you now, in the future, or someone you may know. This is a new piece of law that introduces a new way of carrying out carers assessments. There is also a new duty on your local authority to give better support to carers to carry on caring if they want to.

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What is an unpaid carer?

It has been widely recognised that carers provide a vital contribution to society. An unpaid carer is someone who looks after, or intends to look after, someone else without being paid to do so. The person they look after may have an illness, disability, mental health problem, or a substance misuse problem. A carer can be a child or an adult.

What changes might affect me?

  1. The carers assessments will be replaced by Adult Carers Support Plans for adult carers, and Young Carers Statements for young carers still at school.
  2. In these new assessments, you and your support worker (or another appropriate professional) will agree on your needs as a carer and your personal outcomes.
  3. Perth & Kinross Council has a duty to draw up a local carers eligibility criteria framework. This is a framework which your support worker and you will use to agree on the level of support you should be given to meet your needs and outcomes.

How will the level of support be determined?

Perth & Kinross Council has a duty to support a carer who has significant support needs. The impact or risk of caring on the carer will be ‘high’ or ‘critical’. This means the council must provide support to the carer.

Perth & Kinross Council has the power to support a carer who has some support needs. The impact or risk of caring on the carer will be ‘low’ or ‘moderate’. This means the council can use its power to provide support where support is needed.

Why should I get involved?

Perth & Kinross has a duty to set the local carers eligibility criteria framework before 1 April 2018.

We are running a consultation on this framework from 30 October 2017 to 11 December 2017. This gives you a vital opportunity to have a say on the changes that may affect you and the support you get as a carer in Perth & Kinross before the framework is set.

We invite you to give us your views on the framework.

You may view the framework and take part in the consultation by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SupportForCarersConsultation 

If you would prefer to obtain a hard copy of the consultation paper, you can download it hereAlternatively, we can arrange to post you out a copy or you can attend one of our consultation drop-in events.

Your views will play an essential role in shaping the framework and ensuring it is effective. All responses to the consultation will be taken into account after the consultation closing date and will tell us whether you are happy with the draft framework, or if there are things that need to be reviewed.

Have your sayWe are also running a number of informal drop-in events around Perth & Kinross for you to obtain a copy of the consultation paper and to have a chat about any questions you may have about the consultation or the new Carers Act.

Consultation Dates 2For more information about the consultation or to receive a copy in the post, please contact Policy Officer - Christine Tse at Christine.Tse@pkavs.org.uk or 01738 567076.

* To book your place at the Carers Conference on 16th November, please click here or contact Marlena Nowaczyk at Marlena.Nowaczyk@pkavs.org.uk or 01738 567076.

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Third Sector Training in Perth & Kinross

Click here to access a list of known available learning opportunities in Perth and Kinross offered by the Third Sector.

Developed by the Perth and Kinross Learning and Development Team in conjunction with the 3rd Sector Forum members.

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Writing Matters

Developing literacy skills in a small group setting and relaxed environment. Learning at your own pace.

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PERTH

Location: AK Bell Library
Time: 3pm-4.30pm
Date: Every Thursday

For more information:

Contact Angie Macinnes on 01738 477078, 07799 470055 or ARMacinnes@pkc.gov.uk 

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