Supporting Young Adult Carers in East Dunbartonshire


Scottish Young Carers Festival 2017

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Scottish Young Carers Festival 2017


Carers Link is very much looking forward to taking 14 of our Young Carers from East Dunbartonshire to this years Young Carers Festival. arranged by Carers Trust Scotland the festival will take place at the Broomlee Outdoor Centre from the 1st to the 3rd of August.

Hundreds of Young Carers attend from all over Scotland & this is a great chance for Young Carers to meet other young people, take part in some great activities, have their say in Young Carer consultations, but most importantly soak up the festival atmosphere & have some fun!

Below is link to a video from previous years Festival to get you in the mood!

Young Carers Social Media

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Young Carers Social Media

Recently Carers Link launched dedicated Facebook & Instagram pages for Young Carers in East Dunbartonshire. These pages  will provide information relevant to the young carers but will also act as a platform where they can interact with one another and encourage online peer support amongst them.

Another aim of having Young Carers social media pages is celebrating the great work Young Carers do at home and together as a group. Also promoting the social media pages will act as a way of reaching out to hidden Young Carers in East Dunbartonshire who may not be aware of the Carers Link service and what support is readily available to them.

Go on & give us a like or a follow to find out the latest going on’s of our Young Carers!

Young Carers Summer Activities!

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Young Carers Summer Activities!

The summer break is almost upon us and with that is a whole host of Summer activities planned for our Young Carers to take part in.  Activities are chosen by our young people  and will run over a 6 week period, giving them an opportunity to try out exciting new things and also a break from their caring role during the summer.

The dates and events for the summer activities are as follows:

29th of June – RYZE

5th of July –   Picnic in the Park

12th of July – Crazy Golf

19th of July – Auchengillan Outdoor Centre

26th of July – Glasgow Science Centre

1st – 3rd of August – Scottish Young Carer Festival

9th of August – Blair drummond Safari Park

Walk with Us!

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On the 23rd April, staff, volunteers, carers and their families will be walking together to raise money for Carers Link. Our aim is to raise £10,000 which will go towards us continuing to provide the many services we offer carers throughout East Dunbartonshire.

There are two walks; a more challenging 13 mile long walk and a shorter family friendly 3.5 mile walk. Some of the staff will be doing the shorter walk with some of the young carers aged 8-14 who we support at Carers Link.

If you would like to join us by doing the short walk with us, or perhaps even the long walk (?!) then register by clicking here – Walk with Us

Maybe you can’t make it on the day but you would like to show your support? Why not donate some money to help us reach our target. Click here to donate – show your support!

Wellbeing App for children and young people

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A fantastic new app and educational programme designed to help young people manage mental health problems has been launched.

SafeSpot is an app for children and young people. The app uses digital technology to put vital coping strategies and support in the pockets of those most at risk. It also hopes to utilise social media to increase Mental Health Awareness in young people.

Developed with NHS clinical staff, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, SafeSpot is available on mobile devices and provides greater access to advice and resources that allow young people to manage stress in a positive and healthy way.

The SafeSpot app brings together personalised coping strategies and techniques, a personal safety plan and easy access to crisis numbers and emergency contacts in a single mobile resource. It comes pre-loaded with information about local services and clinically tested audio psychological techniques which are developed with mental health professionals for all young people to use.

The app is ready to download now and looks great. Take a look yourself by clicking here. 🙂

See Me Survey

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See Me is Scotland’s programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. We are funded by the Scottish Government and Comic Relief, and managed by SAMH and the Mental Health Foundation.

See Me is wanting to find out the opinions from young people on mental health stigma and discrimination. Maybe you’ve experienced discrimination yourself or perhaps you care for someone with poor mental health. Either way, See Me would like to hear from you!

If you’re 12-25 years old and would like to share your thoughts and experiences, then please take some time to fill out the survey here.

It will only take 10-15 minutes to complete. Easy peasy!

Are you a young adult carer? Please complete this survey!

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Are you aged 18 to 24 years old? Do you who help look after a friend or relative who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems? Do you live in Scotland?

If you answered yes to these questions then please complete the survey below!

The anonymous survey is part of research being carried out by a 4th year Social Work student at Strathclyde University. With the support from Carers Trust Scotland, she is undertaking research into education, employment and training opportunities for young adult carers in Scotland.

The questionnaire should take you around 15 minutes to complete. Through this research the hope is to get young adult carers voices heard by the people who can make a difference to your lives.

Click here to access the survey


Carers Trust Scotland’s young adult carers campaign

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Carers Trust Scotland launched its Time to be Heard for Young Adult Carers campaign initiative and new publication Bridging the Gap: Young Adult Carers in Scotland report at Our Dynamic Earth on 29 January 2015.


Time to be Heard for Young Adult Carers in Scotland is a new awareness raising campaign to give the estimated 30,000 young adult carers in Scotland a voice.

Carers Trust Scotland is working with young people aged 14-25 on the campaign. Young adult carers have many challenges as they grow up – in school, in further education, employment and in their social lives as they make the transition to adulthood. They often have great difficulties fitting in the things their peers take for granted, alongside their caring responsibilities. Our new report sets out the key recommendations for national and local government, health, and education providers on how to improve the lives of young adult carers.


How can you show your support to Time to be Heard for Young Adult Carers?

  • Sign our supporters’ petition here and promote this petition widely
  • Show your support on twitter, by posting:

“It’s time for young adult carers’ voices to be heard…I’m listening #TTBH @CarersTrustScot”


I hope you will show your support to this very important campaign!


Young Carers are worried and stressed out!

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Carers Trust has asked over 350 young carers how they feel about their caring role.

The findings suggest that caring for a parent, sibling or any other family member can have shocking effects on a young person’s wellbeing. BUT, the survey also found that they are extremely PROUD of what they do to help the person they love!


Check out the link below to read the full article:


If you need to talk to someone about your caring role, or think you know of someone who could do with some support, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH.

Call 0141 955 2131 or you can text 0790 388 9858 🙂

Tune in to our LIVE webcast

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Does CV writing leave you stumped? Do you find it hard to know what to include? How long should it be? How on earth should it be laid out?

Why not tune in to our LIVE webcast where we will answer all of these questions, and even more.

Check out the link for information all about it:

The CV writing webcast will be showing on January 28th at 6pm. 

Hope you can tune in then! 🙂