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COVID-19 Information and Guidance

COVID-19 Scottish Government Guidance including the most up-to-date stay at home regulations.

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde website

NHS Inform 

COVID-19 Vaccine for Unpaid Carers 

From 26 April the online system for unpaid carers to self-register for their COVID-19 vaccine will close. After this date, eligible carers will still be able to register through the national helpline on 0800 030 8013. Read this updated Newsletter for more details.

Please remember carers can still access personalised supports,  Adult Carer Support Plans, Young Carer Statements from Glasgow's local carer services

Public Transport Helpline For People Travelling to Vaccination Centres

SPT Public Transport Helpline

A new helpline has been set up to help people who need to travel to Glasgow's Covid 19 mass vaccination centres by public transport. The Traveline Scotland phoneline went live on Wednesday 27th January 2021 and will be staffed round-the-clock seven days a week.

Anyone with an appointment at one of Glasgow's mass vaccination centres, which open on Monday (Feb 1st), will be able to check the best way to get there if they need to use public transport.

With capacity on public transport constrained due to physical distancing requirements, we encourage people to leave space on public transport for those who need it most. If you don't have access to a car, or are unable to use active travel options, the helpline can assist with information on public transport. Information will be provided by a person - not an automated service.

Glasgow's mass vaccination centres are located at:-

  • Scottish Events Campus Hydro; Stobcross Road;

  • Glasgow Club Donald Dewar, 220 Garscadden Road, Drumchapel;

  • Glasgow Club Easterhouse, 12 Auchinlea Road, Easterhouse;

  • Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, Glasgow;

  • And Glasgow Club Castlemilk, 28 Dougrie Rd, Castlemilk.

When calls are answered, you'll initially hear the message "If you require public transport information to assist with travel to or from a Vaccination Centre, please hold to speak with an agent". Hold on to speak to someone in person.

The route of the Stagecoach X19 bus has been extended to take in the NHS Louisa Jordan and also passes Glasgow Club Easterhouse.

People with mobility issues can use SPT's bookable, door-to-door MyBus service. Registration is required prior to booking and advance booking is recommended, as capacity is limited due to social distancing requirements. Details are available at www.spt.co.uk/bus/mybus or by phone on 0345 128 4025.

Only people with appointments (and where necessary a carer) should attend at a vaccination centre. Please remember, no-one should ever ask you to pay for a Covid 19 vaccination. The injections are provided by the NHS and are free!

Calls to the Traveline helpline will be charged at local rates. The helpline can also provide information about public transport options to mass vaccination centres outwith Glasgow.

New Publication: Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland 

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland was led by Derek Feeley, a former Scottish Government Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland. Mr Feeley was supported by an Advisory Panel comprising Scottish and International experts. Read more and download the Independent Review at https://www.gov.scot/publications/independent-review-adult-social-care-scotland/ 

Terminal Illness Regulations

The draft Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 (Adult Carers and Young Carers of Terminally Ill Persons: Timescales for Adult Carer Support Plans and Young Carer Statements etc.) Regulations 2021 have now been laid in the Scottish Parliament and are available here.

Ministers are required to make these regulations under the Carers Act. The regulations are currently draft, subject to Scottish Parliament approval. The draft regulations are scheduled to come into force on 31 July.

Herbert Protocol

Police Scotland and partner agencies in Greater Glasgow introduced a scheme in the area to help trace vulnerable missing people. The Herbert Protocol is a well-established initiative already used elsewhere in Scotland and the wider UK. Read more Herbert Protocol in Partnership

Purple Alert is a free app designed by people living with dementia and carers, Alzheimer Scotland staff, Police Scotland, Social Work, Dementia Friends Scotland, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership and Telecare Services. For further details on the App, visit https://www.alzscot.org/purplealert

Scottish Government announce £750,000 of additional funding to support unpaid carers

Glasgow Carer Centre Information on additional funding in Glasgow and how to apply: Short Breaks Funding.  Please note that applications must be received by 10th March and the break must be purchased by 31st March 2021.

Free Flu Injection

Did you know unpaid carers aged 18-64 in Glasgow are eligible for a free #flu injection? Getting vaccinated is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and others. To find out more visit https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/healthy-living/seasonal-flu/#

Carer’s Allowance Supplement

Carers Allowance Supplement is paid twice a year to those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance. The payment rate in 2020/21 is £230.10. The Scottish Government has announced that the next payment will be made on 18 December 2020. https://twitter.com/SocSecScot/status/1334798601290190848

Full details can be found at Carers Financial Support 

Carers' Wellbeing Campaign

What is the Carers’ Wellbeing Campaign?

The Scottish Government’s Carers’ Wellbeing campaign encourages unpaid carers across Scotland to seek the emotional and practical support that will help them look after themselves.

The campaign has been developed alongside input from carers and carer organisations in order to ensure it truly meets the needs of those it is trying to support.

Recent polling undertaken by YouGov indicates that an additional 392,000 people in Scotland have taken up caring roles during the pandemic. This takes the total potential number of carers in Scotland to around 1.1 million. That is a lot more carers needing support.

The campaign launched on the 25th November 2020 at the virtual Carers Parliament main event, with Ministerial speakers and carers and carer organisations in attendance, along with campaign ambassador and Scottish actor Jane McCarry.

For more information about the Carers' Wellbeing Campaign, visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/caring

It was Carers' Rights Day on Thursday, 26 November 2020 -  Know Your Rights in ScotlandCarers Rights Day 2020 

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while,  it’s important that you understand your rights and are able to access the right support at the right time. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. Each year, Carers Rights Day helps us:

  • ensure carers are aware of their rights

  • let carers know where to get help and support

  • raise awareness of the needs of carers.

To find out about your rights as a carer, go to Your Right as a Carer page

#GlasgowCarers #CarersRightsDay #CarersRightsDay2020 #KnowYourRights

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