Caring for someone can be very rewarding but also at times be demanding and stressful. As a result carers often feel isolated and lonely.
Our support groups provide the opportunity to meet together on a regular basis and offer support and friendship to carers in similar situations. This is opportunities to talk and share information with one another in an informal, yet safe way and also to learn from each other.
We also invite guest speakers from other organisations to attend some of the group meetings to provide information on topics of interest. There is also the opportunely to participate in social events.
Within the Carers Hub we provide a range of services and activities aimed at providing ongoing support to unpaid carers within our local community. We are also a Network Partner of Carers Trust Scotland.
Drop in Carers Café
We provide a weekly Drop-in Carers Café every Tuesday afternoon from 1-3pm. Light lunch provided and all carers, former carers and cared for welcome. Access to regular short information sessions on various topics. Recent sessions included Carer Benefits, Diabetes Awareness, Information on Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Wills and Trusts and Pamper Sessions.
Parent Carer Breakfast Café
On the third Tuesday of the month we provide a Parent Carer Breakfast Café from 9.30-11am (except during school holidays). Open to all parent carers in the east end of Glasgow. Light breakfast provided. Access to peer support and the opportunity to meet and chat to other parents in a similar situation.
We provide training for carers on a variety of topics which aim to support carers feel more confident in their caring role or to assist carers to maintain and improve health and well-being.
Recent training has included:-
- Dementia Awareness
- Understanding Autism
- Mental Health for carers
- Managing Stress
- Positive Social Interactions
- Sensory Issues
- Managing distressed and anxious behaviours
Advice and Information
At the Carers Hub we have a full time Advice and Information Manager who can provide support to carers with –
- Benefit checks
- Benefit advice including support to complete benefit forms
- Assistance to apply for various grants available to carers
- Advice and information about other organisations/services to assist carers in their caring role
- Emotional Support
Individual appointments available at our offices or, if more convenient, a home visit can be arranged
Older Carers Befriending Service
More Information Coming Soon
ASD Parent Buddying Project
The ASD Parent Carers Buddying Project will provide a free, confidential and independent support service to parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Volunteer Buddies will mostly be parents or carers of children and young people with an ASD. Buddies will be trained and supported to offer emotional and practical support to other parent carers of children on the spectrum when they are struggling to cope during periods of transition and other difficult times.
The service will provide a much needed safety net to increase the coping capacity, confidence, knowledge and skills of parents to assist them in their caring role during difficult times and periods of transition.
This will be an opt-in short term service for parents who are struggling to cope with a difficult situation. Parents can make use of the service as often as necessary
Playgroup for Parents and their children with disabilities/additional support needs
Our weekly term-time Playgroup for Parents and their pre-5 children with disabilities/additional support needs is a new service provided by GEECC Carers Hub within our premises at Academy House and funded by Better Breaks Scotland.
The Playgroup provides parents and their children with the opportunity to –
- Have fun in a relaxed environment
- Meet others in a similar situation
- Access peer support
- Access fun activities to help their child’s development including sensory play, music, storytelling and art
- Access other services of the Carers Hub including training, support groups and advice and information
The Playgroup meets on a Friday morning from 10am – 12noon with a cost of £1 per session
The Carers Hub has been successful in securing funding to develop a Sensory Room within our premises at Academy House. The Sensory Room was launched in early March and is currently available for hire on an individual basis during our office hours Monday to Friday – 5 x 1 hour time slots available each day.
There is a small charge for use of the room –
- GEECC Carers and Service Users £5 per hour
- Other individuals/Organisations £7.50 per hour
Tai Chi Class
Our weekly Tai chi class takes place on a Wednesday from 11am – 12 noon at a cost of £2 per class. The class is led by our qualified Tai chi staff member, Karen Murray.
The class is held on a drop in basis and anyone wishing to attend can attend either weekly or as and when they can manage. The class is open to all carers and is suitable for all ages and abilities including those with limited mobility.
When the class ends at 12noon members can stay on for a cup of tea and a chat.
Please contact us if you require further information on 0141 764 0550 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can contact us via the Enquiry form on the website. We look forward to seeing you
Monthly Social Event
Each month we have a social for carers, cared for and former carers. The social is always held on a Wednesday from 12.30-2.30pm but the date can vary from month to month.
Cost is £3 per person or £5 per couple and includes tea/coffee and a light lunch plus entertainment. We try to have a theme each month and previous themes have included Burns and Scottish music, Hallowe’en and coming up in the next few months 60s music, country and western and a daffodil tea for Easter. We also have a free raffle with an assortment of prizes.
Please contact us if you require further information on 0141 764 0550 or by email at email@example.com. Alternatively you can contact us via the Enquiry form on the website. Places are limited so please contact us if you wish a ticket as this event is very popular and sells out quickly. We look forward to seeing you
Arts and Crafts Class
Facilitated by two of our parent carers this class is on fortnightly on a Thursday morning from 10.30-12.30. Cost is £1 per class and includes tea/coffee and light refreshments.
This class is for anyone with an interest in arts and crafts and is for all abilities including beginners. Carers, cared for and former carers are welcome. Come and join us in a relaxed, friendly environment filled with fun and laughter.
We look forward to seeing you.
Weekly Walking Group
Leaving from the Hub in Academy House the weekly walking group takes place on a Friday morning from 10.30-11.30am. The group is led by two of our carers who are trained walk leaders and alternates between 4 different local walks. The group is for any carers, cared for and former carers interested in keeping healthy and fit. Everyone welcome to tea/coffee on return.
Monthly Walking Group
This group takes place monthly and day and date can vary from month to month. It usually takes place on a Tuesday from 10am-2.30pm. The group is facilitated by a volunteer trained mountain leader and these walks are for those slightly fitter and more able to walk 4-5 miles. Carers, cared for person and former carers welcome. Minibus transport is used so group members can enjoy walks out with the city. Lunch is not supplied so please bring a packed lunch or alternatively you can usually buy lunch at a café nearby. Strong walking shoes and a waterproof jacket are required. Cost £2.50 per person towards transport costs.
The groups offer friendship and support, a short break, time for a chat over a cuppa, information and a variety of speakers and activities
Autism Support Group
The Autism Support Group meets on the 1st Monday of the month from 10am – 12 noon (no group during school holidays).
Any parent with a child/young person on the autistic spectrum is welcome to come along to the group. The group gives parents the opportunity to share experiences with other parents in a similar situation.
There are also regular information sessions and workshops at the monthly group which are helpful in your caring role. Recent sessions have included Self Directed Support and Individual/Personal Budgets, session from a Speech and Language Therapist and Education Rights.
Dementia Support Group
The Dementia Support Group meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm.
Any family member who cares for someone with dementia is welcome to come along to the group where you will have the opportunity to meet and share information and experiences of caring for someone with dementia. The group also has regular speakers/information sessions to provide information relevant to your caring role.
Male Carers Support Group
The Male Carers Support Group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 1-3pm.
Male carers attending this group have the opportunity to meet and share information with other men who care for a family member/friend. The group also enjoy an occasional social which has included a Pamper Afternoon, trip to Tenants Brewery and trip to Riverside Museum.
We look forward to seeing you.
Evening Support Group
The Evening Support Group (formerly Long Term Conditions Group) meets on the last Monday of the month from 6-8pm.
This group is provided for those carers who cannot attend our daytime groups due to other commitments.
Former Carers Support Group
The Former Carers Support Group is a group for carers whose caring role may have recently ended due to a bereavement or the person they care for moving into long term residential or nursing care.
The group meets every second Friday from 1.30-3pm.
Dates and times of groups may change from time to time due to holidays. Please contact the Carers Hub on 0141 764 0550 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further information.Alternatively you can contact us via the Enquiry Form on the website.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Carers Hub is an independent, self-funded voluntary organisation
Who do you provide services and support to?
We provide services and support to adult carers, parent carers, older carers, mental health carers, former carers and for some of our activities to the cared for person. We are currently unable to provide support to young carers
What kind of services and support do you provide?
We provide ongoing services to support you in your caring role and to assist you in maintaining your own health and well-being
What area do you cover?
We are here to help you if you live in – Dennistoun, Parkhead, Tollcross, Bridgeton, Calton, Townhead, Shettleston, Greenfield, Dalmarnock, Haghill, Carntyne, Springboig, Mont Vernon, Baillieston and Carmyle