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Let’s Celebrate Life After Stroke

Every year the Stroke Association organises the Life After Stroke Awards to recognise the courage and determination of those people whose lives have been affected by stroke.
If you know a stroke survivor, carer, stroke group, volunteer, fundraiser or professional who have been inspirational to others please nominate them for a Life After Stroke Award.

Each winner can look forward to:

• An awards ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel in London in November 2016
• Travel and overnight stay in London courtesy of the Stroke Association for the winner and guests
• Receiving an award from a Stroke Association celebrity supporter

There are 9 award categories for the 2016 Life After Stroke Awards:

• Children and Young People’s Courage Award (up to 18 years old)
• Adult Courage Award (18-64 years old)
• Adult Courage Award (65 years and over)
• Award for Creative Arts
• Carer’s Award
• The Stroke Association Award for Volunteering
• Stroke Group Award
• Professional Excellence Award
• Fundraiser of the Year Award

The 2016 Life After Stroke Awards nomination period is open until 30 April 2016. For more information or to nominate just go on line at www.stroke.org.uk/lasa

If you require any more nominations forms or any support in completing the form then please call 01527 903 927 or email lasa@stroke.org.uk.


Carers In Scotland Given New Rights

A new law aimed at strengthening the rights of carers has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Government’s new Carers Act will means that for the first time, all carers will have the right to request an assessment from their local authority of their need for support through an adult carer support plan or young carer statement.

The definition of a carer has also been extended, so that many more people will be able to access these plans.

The new law also means councils and health boards will need to publish local carer strategies setting out their plans for identifying carers. This will need to assess demand for support and contain information about the particular needs and circumstances of young carers.

Health and social care boards will also be required to set up their own information and advice service for carers on issues such as emergency and future care planning, advocacy and carers’ rights.

Enable Scotland has produced guidance on how carers can plan for emergencies.


Cancer Charity In Search For A New Mascot

One of Scotland’s leading cancer charities is inviting school children to design a mascot which will help drive new fundraising initiatives across the country.

Beatson Cancer Charity is inviting pupils to get creative and take part in a competition to create and name its first ever mascot.

The winning entry will then be turned into a life-sized version.

Whether it’s an animal or character, the Beatson Cancer charity is calling on pupils to create a fun, friendly and easily recognisable creature to be the charity’s official mascot.

Kids from primary 4-7 are encouraged to get their creative juices flowing and have until 30 March 2016 to submit their entries. These will be judged by a panel of the charity’s staff, supporters and ambassadors.

The winning entry will be unveiled at the charity’s flagship sponsored walking event ‘Off The Beatson Track’ on 28 August 2016.

If you would like more information on the competition, email amy.dreszler@beatsoncancercharity.org or call 0141 212 0505.


How Much Sugar Is In Your Fizzy Drink?

Click here to find out how your favourite fizzy drink matches up to the best and the worst on the market.

Too much sugar in both food and drink can cause tooth decay, increase weight and cause other health related problems including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. For a healthy, balanced diet, try to cut down on foods and drinks containing added sugars.

These Top Tips could help:

  • Instead of sugary fizzy drinks and juice, go for water or unsweetened fruit juice (remember to dilute these for children to further reduce the sugar).
  • If you prefer fizzy drinks, try diluting fruit juice with sparkling water.
  • Swap cakes or biscuits for a currant bun, scone or some malt loaf with low-fat spread.
  • If you take sugar in hot drinks or add sugar to your breakfast cereal, gradually reduce the amount until you can cut it out altogether.
  • Rather than spreading jam, marmalade, syrup, treacle or honey on your toast, try a lower-fat spread, sliced banana or lower-fat cream cheese instead.
  • Check nutrition labels to help you pick the foods with less added sugar, or go for the low-sugar version**.
  • Try halving the sugar you use in your recipes – it works for most things except jam, meringues and ice cream.
  • Choose tins of fruit in juice rather than syrup.
  • Choose wholegrain breakfast cereals, but not those coated with sugar or honey.

**If you want to find out more how much sugar is in your food or drink look for the “Carbohydrates (of which sugars)” figure in the nutrition label, as a general guide;

  • high – over 22.5g of total sugars per 100g
  • low – 5g of total sugars or less per 100g


New Models of Care for Older People and People with Complex Needs

A new Pan-Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership programme is under way to review how older people and individuals with complex needs are supported across Ayrshire.

A summary briefing note and discussion paper are available to read.

The Partnership is really keen for involvement and to hear views from staff, service users, carers and the wider public, so please spare the time to have a read, and please tell them what you think by completing the online survey, here.

If you would like more information please contact AnnieWeir@north-ayrshire.gcsx.gov.uk.

 


SCVO Community Jobs Scotland Vacancies

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has a number of Community Jobs Scotland jobs which would be particularly suitable for:

  • Care leavers
  • Carers
  • Young people with convictions
  • Early service leavers from the armed forces
  • Young people with disabilities or long-term health conditions

For details, click here.

The jobs are open to young people aged 16 – 29 who are not on the Work Programme or Work Choice. The jobs can last for up to 1 year. All the jobs are with third sector employers. Referral to the jobs is through Jobcentre Plus or Skills Development Scotland.

If you are working with young people who you think might be suitable for a CJS job please contact Michael Hollinger 0141 559 5014  Michael.Hollinger@scvo.org.uk or Moira Cuthbertson 0141 559 5034 Moira.Cuthbertson@scvo.org.uk

If you or your partners are supporting young people in these groups who are on the Employability Fund you may be eligible for a progression payment if they move into a CJS job. If you are working with participants progressing from Stage 2 or 3 of the Employability Fund and they move into a CJS job then you can claim a progression payment of £100.


Rights For Life Declaration Launch Date Announced

The Rights for Life Declaration will be launched in Edinburgh on 22 February 2016.

This landmark document sets out the human rights being called for by people affected by mental health issues in Scotland. It reflects the principles, rights and standards of international human rights treaties to which the UK and Scotland are bound and is guided by the rights-based PANEL Principles: Participation, Accountability, Non-discrimination, Empowerment and Legality.

If you would like more information please click here.


SCVO Community Jobs Scotland

SCVO has a number of Community Jobs Scotland jobs which would be particularly suitable for care leavers, carers, young people with convictions, early service leavers from the armed forces and young people with disabilities or long-term health conditions.

The jobs are open to young people aged 16 – 29 who are not on the Work Programme or Work Choice. The jobs can last for up to 1 year.

All the jobs are with third sector employers. Referral for the jobs is through Jobcentre Plus or Skills Development Scotland. You can get further information at here.

If you are working with young people who you think might be suitable for a CJS job please contact Michael Hollinger 0141 559 5014, email Michael.Hollinger@scvo.org.uk or Moira Cuthbertson 0141 559 5034, email Moira.Cuthbertson@scvo.org.uk

Please note that all the jobs must start by 31 March 2016.

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