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Carers Scotland Annual Carers Summit

Carers Scotland will hold their annual Carers Summit on 13 November 2015 in the City Chambers, George Square in Glasgow.

This conference is for carers and organisations.

The programme will include key issues from Carers Scotland’s work, information and priorities for the Scottish Parliamentary elections and a keynote address from Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health.

If you would like to register to attend please click here. Remember booking closes on Friday 6 November 2015.

New Learning Hub Launched

Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation recently launched a new service to support teachers in mainstream schools who have visually impaired children in their classroom.

The Royal Blind Learning Hub will provide training, support, advice and workshops to all those involved in the education of visually impaired children and young people across Scotland. The support delivered will be face to face, through training events, seminars and online learning.

The online Learning platform being developed will provide free educational resources including a new series of ‘How To’ videos which give brief tips on topics like how to use a Brailler, on-body signing, guiding a blind pupil and making sensory stories.

If you would like more information please contact Davina Shiell on 07713987797 or email

Shari’s a Winner, Winner

Here’s a picture of the happy winner, Shari Gillespie from social and activity group DM2, Ayrshire. Shari’s name was picked out from the prize draw feedback forms handed in at the Care & Support Showcase Exhibition held at the Magnum on 7 October 2015 and won the star gift.

Congratulations and Well Done Shari from all the Carena Team, enjoy your prize.

Dementia Weekly Newsletter

The Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) based at the University of Stirling shares and distributes Alzheimer’s Insight Newsletter online each week.

DSDC is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. The Centre is a serious source of information and advice and aims to help improve the standard of care for dementia patients. They draw on research and practice, from across the world, to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on all aspects of dementia.

To sign up to their weekly Newsletter, go to the DSDC Home Page scroll to the bottom of the page where the registration submission box can be found. To keep up to date, you can also follow them on Facebook.



Job Vacancies On Facebook

Are you looking for a job or thinking about a change of career? If you are, then consider following Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Facebook Page, where vacancies are regularly posted with links to applications forms and details of each job.

To ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ SDS North Ayrshire just go to ;

And don’t forget if you are looking for support creating a CV to help get a job SDS have a series of ongoing weekly workshops at their office in the Rivergate Shopping Centre, Irvine. To book a place, telephone 01294 272421 or pop in for a chat.

Better Parking At University Hospital In Ayr

From Friday 6 November 2015, patients and visitors to the hospital will find it easier to park in the grounds of University Hospital in Ayr. This follows the introduction of a new managed car parking scheme.

The scheme, approved by Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board earlier this year, will have designated long and short stay car parks for patients, staff and visitors. Parking wardens will also make sure cars are parked appropriately and advise drivers about the availability of spaces. This development has created an additional 225 spaces at the hospital bringing the total number of places to 1,080, including 50 disabled spaces.

At the hospital the short stay car parks will be located in the middle section of the car park to the front of the hospital and the day surgery car park at the rear of the hospital. All other areas will be long stay.

Power To Help Loved Ones

A new Power of Attorney (PoA) campaign has been launched to give people the power to make decisions that will protect them, their family and those they care about should they ever lose the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The campaign has been organised by Glasgow Social Work Services, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, members of the third and independent sectors and local law firms to raise awareness and promote understanding of the benefits of PoA arrangements.

Although the PoA campaign website is focused around the Glasgow area, the online resources are relevant to all who want to start a conversation about PoA with their family and loved ones.

British Red Cross Volunteers Needed in Irvine

Could you make a big difference to someone’s life?

Volunteers are needed by the British Red Cross in Irvine to help support young disabled adults and adults with learning difficulties to enable them to take part in activities and also to befriend them in a residential setting.

Some of the activities they join in with are the Saturday;

  • Disco
  • Art Sessions
  • Cookery
  • Bowling
  • Gym
  • Computer Sessions

The British Red Cross are looking for people 18 years or over. Full training will be given along with a minimum of a 3 day induction course. Expenses are paid and a commitment of 2-4 hours per week would be appreciated. You can express an interest or apply online by clicking here and following the link.

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