Busy Tuesday …

This morning, I was very pleased to attend and do the welcome and introductions at Jericho House’s Open Day for partner organisations working in the alcohol and drug fields.     
It was an impressive showcase for the vital work that Jericho House undertakes and to listen to the personal journeys the service users told.    I have served on the Jericho House Support Group that assists the work of the house.
 
You can read more about Jericho House in Dundee here.
 
I also attended the official opening of C Gate, the new home for the Dundee Carers’ Centre (spookily enough, situated in the Seagate!)
 
There was a great turnout to the opening – the photo below is of Fraser Patrick, Chair of the Carers’ Centre’s Board, addressing the audience.
This evening, I attended the May meeting of West End Community Council where there were very positive discussions on a number of local issues including supporting our local shops and parking issues locally.
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Time 4 U – lets carers have a break from caring

The Time 4 U service provides carers with the chance to have a break from caring.    If you look after or support a person aged 65 and over, this service may be able to help.
 
Time 4 U is being piloted on a trial basis in Dundee and is funded by the Scottish Government’s Older People’s Change Fund.    
The Dundee Carers Centre operates the service and they are working together with social work services and other providers to ensure that carers are supported to get meaningful breaks.
 
Further information from Dundee Carers Centre on 200422.

UPBEET Project

Dundee Carers’ Centre’s Young Carers’ Project has highlighted that young adult carers often have limited access to opportunities that others take for granted.    Caring responsibilities can have a negative effect on their lives, including poor school attendance and attainment at school, in future education or in the work place.    Poor social contact and negative health effects are also common and at times young adult carers can feel down or on their own.
 
Therefore, their UPBEET project can help young adult carers aged 15-30 years access confidential information and support in areas including personal development, raising confidence and self esteem, entitlement to benefits and CV/interview skills, as well as accessing flexible opportunities to combine education, training, or employment with their caring role.
 
For further information :
 
Young Carers’ Project, Dundee Carers’ Centre, First Floor, Argyll House, West Marketgait, Dundee DD1 1QP
 
Telephone :  200422

Time 4 U – lets carers have a break from caring

The Time 4 U service provides carers with the chance to have a break from caring. If you look after or support a person aged 65 and over, this service may be able to help.
 
Time 4 U is being piloted on a trial basis in Dundee and is funded by the Scottish Government’s Older People’s Change Fund. The Dundee Carers Centre operates the service and they are working together with social work services and other providers to ensure that carers are supported to get meaningful breaks.
 
Further information is available from the Dundee Carers Centre on 200422.

Last couple of days …

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the attending the official opening of the Dundee Carers Centre new offices in Argyll House, West Marketgait.  

Later, after a meeting with the Communities Officer for the West End on the new West End Local Community Plan 2012-14, I attended the latest Community Spirit Action Group meeting, the residents’ group covering Cleghorn, Ancrum, Polepark, Pentland, Tullideph and surrounding areas. 

There was an excellent presentation from Ian Treanor of the Dundee Energy Efficiency Advice Project.   Ian’s presentation covered insulation, income maximisation and the price of fuel/fuel social tariffs.

We also discussed numerous local issues including road safety on Ancrum Drive, an issue I have raised with the City Council.

Today, I was interviewed on STV news, in support of a very worthwhile project by the West End Boys’ Amateur Boxing Club that will see a boxing statue commemorating the legacy of Dick McTaggart on Dundee Law.

This evening, after my weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School, I attended the AGM of Dundee West Transition Town Group, now to be known as Dundee Transition Town.  There was a really useful discussion about the structure of the group moving forward, urban food production and other matters.

Dundee Carers Centre

This morning, along with a number of councillor colleagues, I had the pleasure of attending a briefing at Dundee Carers Centre in West Marketgait, on the services it provides to the many people in Dundee who are carers – and how vital these services are.

As the Carers Centre points out, “A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a partner, child, family member or friend who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, disability, physical or mental illness or addiction. Anyone can be a carer – we work with carers aged from 5 to 95.”

The Centre provides a huge range of support and more information can be found at www.dundeecarerscentre.org.uk