New ‘One Stop Shop’ service now available

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Angus Carers’ Centre has just launched a ‘One Stop Shop’, where registered unpaid carers can receive help to arrange short breaks.

A new service has just started in Angus to help unpaid carers take short breaks away from their caring role. Run by the Angus Carers’ Centre, the ‘One Stop Shop’ received its official opening on Thursday, April 14, when Graeme Dey, the SNP candidate for Angus South, cut the specially-made cake to launch the service.

Lesley Simpson, Short Break Development Worker, said: “The ‘One Stop Shop’ will provide easily accessible information on Short Breaks and how to fund them. Registered carers will be able to meet together in a relaxed manner and share their experiences of Short Breaks and Self-Directed Support. Carers can drop in between 9am-5pm without having to book an appointment and we also open from 6-8pm on the last Wednesday of each month.”

Graeme Dey said: “Providing short break opportunities for unpaid carers is now widely accepted as being vital to sustaining the caring relationship, and the health and well-being of carers. The new rights for carers in the Carers Bill will ensure breaks from caring stays top of the agenda, and local authorities must prepare and publish a Short Break statement.”

Alison Myles, CEO of Angus Carers, said: “This new service is one element of support we are providing to unpaid carers. The project is funded from the Scottish Government’s ‘Support in the Right Direction’ programme and involves working in partnership with Dundee Carers’ Centre.

“The service is available to any family member or friend who is looking after someone with a long-term illness, a disability or who has substance misuse or mental health problems.”

The launch was attended by a large number of care sector organisations, including Direct Payments, SDS Support Broker, Mind For You, Voluntary Action Angus, Contact the Elderly, Mochridhe and Realise.

To find out more about the ‘One Stop Shop’, visit www.anguscarers.org.uk or pop in to the Angus Carers’ Centre in Arbroath.