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What support is available for carers in South Lanarkshire

All our information pages in respect of Carers and caring are undergoing a refresh to capture the new rights carers can benefit from through the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.

The self-directed support process has brought about changes in relation to assessing carers needs with a greater focus on carers identifying for themselves what will make a difference to them in their caring role.  However, there are a range of services and support that carers may have access to across South Lanarkshire, for example:

For adult carers

  • Carers support groups, Carers Support Workers, a short-breaks information service, training, reduced therapies - just a few examples of the range of services offered by Lanarkshire Carers Centre
  • Monthly carers meetings, a newsletter, campaigning activity - a few examples of the work carried out by South Lanarkshire Carers Network
  • Emergency Planning - Social Work Resources has a 24 hour emergency social work service.  Carers can also access the lifeline bottle and emergency card obtained through either carers organisations
  • A dedicated Welfare Rights Service to maximise carers income
  • Home from Hospital Pack - this can be obtained through South Lanarkshire Carers Network and advises carers on the hospital discharge process
  • ICCAN - is a parent-led organisation offering information to parents and carers of children with additional support needs
  • We.Can - is a booklet produced to provide information to benefit parents and carers of adults with learning disabilities
  • The Carer Support Team offers support to carers across the NHS (in the GP surgeries and at the Lanarkshire hospitals).  There is also a dedicated post to support carers of people with mental health issues
  • Substance misuse - an information booklet has been produced to support parents and carers who have a family member or friend affected by substance misuse
  • Condition specific support exists across South Lanarkshire with groups in the community supporting people with specific conditions such as autism, dementia and so on.  Information on the groups can be obtained from Lanarkshire Carers Centre
  • Opportunities for a break from caring - a short break can be accessed in a range of ways

For young carers

  • Social Work Resources has a Young Carers Service that offers one to one support, young carers' assessments, young carers groups, a Young Carers Forum and social activities throughout the year
  • Lanarkshire Carers Centre has a dedicated post to support young adult carers aged 18-25
  • Opportunities for a break from caring - a short break can be accessed in a range of ways


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