Information and Advice for Adults in East Dunbartonshire

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EDVA March E-Bulletin

Click below for the March E-Bulletin from OPAL partner: East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action.

OPAL, Ceartas and Carers Link host a stand

Help us promote OPAL across East Dunbartonshire

An ongoing task for the OPAL Team is raising awareness of the service across East Dunbartonshire. We regularly visit local partners and third sector organisations where our Advisers put into context exactly how OPAL can help. By answering information enquiries, providing the correct information and signposting on to the appropriate services, OPAL can essentially enhance your service by reducing the number of unrelated tasks that staff find themselves doing that may not necessarily be their role, but do anyway. OPAL do that legwork: either answering the enquiry in the first instance or by finding the information that would take a bit longer than a simple online search.

How you can help


Sharing information about OPAL and passing it to people who may not have access to our online resources would be a great start: we have loads of materials including postcards, business cards, posters, pens, & sticky notes. We can provide you with all of the above and would be grateful if you could distribute these wherever you feel appropriate.


Please let the team know about any upcoming events that may be an opportunity for us to attend. We often host stands at local information days which has been a great way to chat with in person with the people of East Dunbartonshire.


If you would like to know more about the OPAL, how we can support your particular organisation or would like to schedule a visit from an Adviser, contact us on 0141 438 2347 or info@opaleastdun.org.uk

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NHS: Invitation for patient representatives of bowel screening group

Invitation for Patient Representatives: Bowel Screening Governance Reference Group

NHS National Services Scotland are looking for Patient Representatives to join their Bowel Screening Governance Reference Group. See this document for further information.

Please note any individual who is interested should be eligible for bowel screening (aged 50-74 and resident in Scotland) and that this group meets three times a year in Edinburgh.


If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact:

Louise MacLennan
Head of Equality and Engagement
Strategy and Governance
Area 027
Gyle Square
NHS National Services Scotland
Gyle Square
EH12 9EB
Tel: 0131 275 7457
Email: l.maclennan@nhs.net

Social Isolation Strategy – Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has recently published their attached strategy on tackling social isolation and loneliness.

The Vision:

A Scotland where individuals and communities are more connected, and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, stage, circumstances or identity.

Available at the link below.

NHS 24 Engagement Event

NHS 24 will host a public engagement event on Thursday 31 January 2019, as part of their 2017/18 Annual Review.

The event will take place at the Golden Jubilee Hotel and Conference Centre in Clydebank from 1pm – 3pm and will provide stakeholders with an opportunity not only to learn more about the services NHS 24 provide, but also how NHS 24 contributes to the wider provision of health and social care services in Scotland.

Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival at 1pm, with a start time of 1.30pm.

Should you wish to attend please contact;

Davie Morrison

NHS 24 Participation and Equalities Manager

Office: 0141 337 4532

Mobile: 07833 402 604


Fair Access Policy: Drop-in Sessions

East Dunbartonshire HSCP is now consulting on a draft ‘Fair Access to Community Care’ (Adults) Policy and associated updated draft Eligibility Criteria Policy.

The Fair Access Policy is available here

To support the consultation process on the Fair Access to Community Care (Adults) Policy, the HSCP have arranged two informal drop-in sessions where residents are free to come along to find out more.

Event One

Date: 24 January 2019

Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Venue: Main hall, Bearden Burgh Hall (Community Hub), 69 Drymen Road, Bearsden, G61 3QT

Event Two

Date: 29 January 2019

Time: 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Main hall, Hillhead Community Centre, 169 Meiklehill Road, Kirkintilloch, G66 2JT


If you would like to comment on these draft policies, please email or send your comments to the postal or email addresses below:

Alan Cairns
Service Redesign Officer
East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership
Kirkintilloch Health and Care Centre (KHCC)
10 Saramago Street
Kirkintilloch G66 3BF

Email: alan.cairns2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Hearing aid maintenance drop-in sessions in Kirkintilloch

Action on Hearing Loss will be delivering a monthly drop-in clinic for hearing-aid maintenance at Deaf Blind Scotland in Kirkintilloch.

The clinics will offer advice on how to look after hearing aids and how to change the batteries and tubing (both should be changed every 5-6 months).  They will also demonstrate how to insert ear moulds correctly and will signpost to other useful organisations.

The Hearing Aid Drop-in Sessions at Deafblind Scotland’s Learning and Development Centre will take place:

Monday 10th December from 11.30am – 2pm Board Room

Monday 14th January from 11.30am – 2pm Board Room

Monday 11th February from 11.30am – 2pm Board Room.


All are welcome to access the clinics. Please contact Gillian Mooney on the email below if you require any further information: development@dbscotland.org.uk

EDVA Conference 2018

EDVA are holding the 2018 Conference on the morning of Tuesday 30th October at Woodhill Evangelical Church in Bishopbriggs.   The Conference is FREE to attend and the full programme will be released within the next two weeks.  There will also be a number of stalls for local organisations to highlight their services.

To book your place reply to this email or phone our office on 0141 578 6680.

EDVA Conference


Local volunteering opportunities with East Dunbartonshire HSCP

See the leaflet below on how to get involved with your local East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership

Carers Allowance Supplement Roadshows

The Social Security Directorate are creating opportunities for people across the country to get involved in the design and operation of Scotland’s new social security system.

During July and August, a series of roadshows will be held across Scotland to raise awareness of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement. The roadshows are specifically for those who work with carers and places will be limited.

It is hoped that as many front line staff as possible have the opportunity to attend.

Please RSVP to Colin Bell at: Colin.Bell2@gov.scot confirming your name, contact details, organisation and which date you wish to attend by close of play Friday 13th July. Please include any special requirements.

Roadshow Dates

Wednesday 11 July – 14 City Square, Committee Room 1, Dundee (10.30 to 1pm)

Thurs 12 July – Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy (10.30 to 1pm)

Wed 18 July – Broomhill Activity Centre, 197 Broomhill Road, Aberdeen (10.30 to 1pm)

Thurs 19 July – Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness (10.30 to 1pm)

Wed 25 July – Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Room 2, Unit 55, The Embroidery Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre, Paisley (11.30 to 2pm)

Thurs 26 July – Ayr Town Hall, The Chambers, New Bridge Street, Ayr (10.30 to 1pm)

Mon 30 July – Lanarkshire Carers Centre, 92 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie (10.30 to 1pm)

Thurs 2 August – Vocal Edinburgh’s Carers Hub, Willow Boardroom, 60 Leith Walk, Edinburgh (10.30 to 1pm)

Wed 8 August – Teacher Building, Mash Room, 14 St.Enoch Square, Glasgow (10.30 to 1pm)

Thurs 9 August – Teacher Building, Mash Room, 14 St.Enoch Square, Glasgow (1.30 to 4pm)

Wed 15 August – Carers of West Lothian, Sycamore House, Quarrywood Court, Livingston (1.30 to 4pm)

Thurs 16 August – Cairndale Hotel, Annandale Meeting Room, English Street, Dumfries (10.30 to 1pm)

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