Monthly Archives: April 2012

The plight of Scotland’s carers must be addressed,

The plight of Scotland’s carers

Apr 24 2012 By Craig McQueen

tommy whitelaw

EIGHTEEN months ago, full-time carer Tommy Whitelaw was struggling to cope.

His mother Joan, 72, has vascular dementia, leaving her unable to perform the simplest of tasks or even recognise him.

As the illness progressed, Tommy found himself isolated, cut off from friends and family and from services, which could help.

With the stress taking its toll, the Glasgow 49-year-old visited his GP and began getting some of the help he needed. But Tommy knew he wasn’t the only one and decided then to do something about it.

He embarked on a tour of Scotland, collecting letters from carers detailing their experiences.

Invaluable group for Disabled and Carers set up by East Croydon couple

Disabled Parents and Carers Together group hailed invaluable by East Croydon couple

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Croydon Advertiser

A DISABLED couple who dedicate their lives to looking after each other have hailed the start of a new “life-saving” support group.

Mandy Maddock and her husband Alun are both blind and depend on each other to get through everyday life by being each other’s carers.

  1. Alun and Mandy Maddock, who live in East Croydon, are both blind and care for each other. They said the Disabled Parents and Carers Together group would be ‘invaluable’

The couple, from East Croydon, say there is not enough support for disabled carers but have welcomed the idea of a new group which has been set up to specifically help them and others in similar situations.

The Disabled Parents and Carers Together (DPACT) group has been set up to offer help, guidance and a listening ear to those who look after other people while having a disability themselves.

Carers anger over cut in funding for their carer websites.

Carers Groups grants cut in half

Chill4usCarers is an independent non profit voluntary organization with a constitution and committee

We are hearing all the time about funding cuts for this that and the other but for unpaid carers struggling 24/7 caring for their loved one their only connection to the outside world is a carers on line support group which they can access 24/7 and now the annual meagre funding to keep running has been halved.