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Monday, 12 October 2015

Health & Social Care event October 19th, have your say...

Hi guys, with all the latest hustle and bustle, we're re-grouping at home for a few days!
Not being one for totally shutting down during quiet times, I'm always on the look out for interesting events locally and I've found one! It's a workshop looking at how people can input, plan and improve local services.
Our Council is pretty good on the consultation front!
They've proved it with all their SDS (Self Directed Support) work and all the welcomed input from Carers while writing the Carers Strategy so when they say they're looking for local people to come along and honestly give their views on improving services, I'm happy to be involved and extend an invitation too!

Here are the details...

Six members of my Carer group, the Three Towns Carers - (plus me!) - are going along to this event on October 19th in Irvine so if you're in our neck of the woods in North Ayrshire, why not speak up and share your experience? I know I will!

Hope to see you there so...get booking! 
(01294) 443044
Maz x

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Scotland's 4th Carers Parliament, Carena Event...

Hi guys, what a week and it's not over yet!

Carers Parliament...
Carers from all over Scotland made their way to Edinburgh for the 4th Carers Parliament. Two Carers from each of the 73 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies attend to make sure as many Carer voices are heard as possible and this year, members of the Welsh Assembly attended too. They want to set-up their own Carers Parliament in Wales so yet again here in Scotland, with our forward thinking and ethos of working together, we have influenced and hopefully helped Carers elsewhere too - I do hope so!
What a great day it was!
Our First Minister was there
Not only to thank Carers for their contribution in our society but to inform on policy and update on the new Carers Bill currently before Parliament. It's good Carers have such a high profile forum, it's taken a long time but now Carers are involved in shaping policy and really helping change things for the better and long may it continue!

Remember the community website I was involved with?
Well, it's going from strength to strength! Today they had a great exhibition and showcase event over 150 stalls, people, groups and organisations, offering a range of information and supports available all over North Ayrshire and it was busy, busy, busy! I wasn't working at a stall today as Coo wanted to go along and check things out for himself so we mingled, picked up some freebies and learned a thing or two!
Carena is not only a website, it's all over facebook and just about anywhere people need some information on services and community supports, offering info on anything from community events to job opportunities and more! It really is a great community resource especially for Carers or anyone who uses social services here in North Ayrshire so...go Carena!

It's been busy time but fun too and I've learned something new too - you know what they say...every day's a school day! lol
Hope you're doing ok where you are.
Maz x