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East Renfrewshire Council

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For a carers assessment you should contact the main social work duty team. Remember to write down the name of the person who takes your call and the time and date; ask how long it might be before you are assessed. If you have already had an assessment then you should contact your social worker or care manager.

Self-Directed Support Forum East Renfrewshire

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If you are in receipt of a care package you are entitled to self-directed support. This allows you to take control over your package and to have more flexibility in terms of spending options.

Shared Care Scotland

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Offer a range of services that aim to improve the quality and provision of short breaks in Scotland. These include conference, workshop and training events, information services, publications, news updates, briefing papers, and research reports

Carers Trust Scotland

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Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. With their work Partners, Trust aim to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK. Visit website to find out more about Carers Trust.

Respite Now

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Useful for: help with employing personal assistants, risk assessments and first aid courses and supplies for employers of PAs. They also have information on innovative respite breaks, brokerage and employability courses.

Dementia Adventure

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Useful website for people with dementia and their carers who are looking to stay active – short break holidays, ideas for activities etc.


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Counselling Directory understand how important it is to find the right counsellor, which is why we have developed a service that brings together all of the information needed to help you do just that. However, now that you have arrived here, what’s next? Whilst information is a fantastic tool, it can also be overwhelming – especially if you’re not sure where to begin.

NHS 24

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NHS 24 is designed to help you get the right care, from the right people, at the right time. This section of the website tells you more about the service, our contact centres and, most importantly, the people who work for us.

Directory of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in Scotland

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This is a short and easy to use directory, and is designed to help you to get in touch with Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in Scotland. This directory is not an exhaustive list of DPOs in Scotland, there are many others, however, this list is a helpful starting point and the organisations listed here will be able to signpost you.

Therapy Directory

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Promotes the benefits of complementary therapy and aim to give visitors all the information they need to help them make an informed decision about whether therapy would be right for them. The website has an FAQ’s section, a number of useful articles written by its members and the facility to search for a practitioner in your area.

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