Funding for carer support in Glasgow

Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 11:24
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Princess Royal Trust Pollok Carers Centre and Glasgow South East Carers Centre, along with Glasgow South West Carers Centre have been awarded more than £210,000 by the Scottish Government


Public Health Minister Michael Matheson made the announcement about the Carers Information Strategy funding at an event at Pollok Carers Centre on today.Each centre will receive around £70,000. Carers' Centres support carers in their local communities through offering information and advice, help with benefits, one to one counselling, emotional support and the chance to meet other people in the same position, as well as services for young carers.There are an estimated 25,000-30,000 carers and young carers in the south of Glasgow.

Pollok Carers Centre will be using the money to fund training for carers, improve health care professionals' awareness of carers and to provide services for more young carers.Additional training for carers will focus on planning ahead, self-directed support, specialist training and caring for children with autism, amongst others. The centre already runs services for young carers aged from 7 to 18. The Carers Information Strategy money will allow it to identify more young carers, run a homework/study group and organise residential trips for young carers.

Linda Allan, Manager of Pollok Carers Centre, said: "On behalf of all three Carers' Centre managers I would like to say what a huge difference that this funding will make for carers. This been a true partnership approach in ensuring continued support to carers across the South of Glasgow."

Michael Matheson, the Minister for Public Health, said: "Carers' Centres provide a wide range of crucial practical and emotional support, including information and advice, short breaks, counselling and training. Carers really value this support."This funding will help three centres in Glasgow support a variety of excellent initiatives to identify and support carers, such as providing specialist training for carers and residential trips for young carers. The Scottish Government greatly values the contribution made by carers and young carers in Scotland which is why we support worthwhile initiatives of this kind."

Source: Scottish Government

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