Formerly known as North West Carers Centre
We offer support to carers throughout North West Edinburgh.
Capital Carers Side By Side Project
A Befriending and Peer Support Project for People Affected by Dementia, or Cognitive Impairment
The main aim of the Side By Side project is to help Carers and the person they care for, who are living with Dementia, or Cognitive Impairment to live well.
The Side By Side project provides support to Carers of people living with Dementia or Cognitive Impairment through either face to face, or telephone contact and by organising and facilitating information, educational, recreational and practical courses for Carers and other courses and events where the Carer and the person they care for can attend together.
All our courses are free.
The project also enables Carers and the person they care for to meet others, share experiences and benefit from Peer Support.
‘This work is supported with funding from the Life Changes Trust.
The Trust is funded by the Big Lottery’
Capital Carers Adult Support Service
Alternative to Day Care
We offer a service to give Carers a short break for a few hours. This service is for those who do not receive traditional day care services and are aged over 65. One of our support workers can visit at a regular time, usually weekly, to provide companionship to the person you care for, giving you the opportunity to take time for yourself.
What is a Carer?
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
For more information about either the Alternative to Day Care service contact Rosie on 0131 315 3130
Are you one of the estimated 788,000 unpaid people who are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour in Scotland? Or one of the 44,000 people under the age of 18 who classed as a Young Carer?
Still not sure?
Definition of A Carer
‘Carers provide care to family members, other relatives, partners, friends and neighbours of any age affected by physical or mental illness (often Long Term), disability, frailty or substance misuse. Sometimes the ‘cared for person’ will have more than one condition. Some carers care intensively or are life-long carers. Others care for short periods. The carer does not need to be living with the ‘cared for’ person to be a carer. Anybody can become a carer at any time, sometimes for more than one person. Carers are now, and will remain, fundamental to strong families and partnerships and to resilient and cohesive communities. The lives of carers and the ‘cared for’ person are closely intertwined, but they are not the same’ (Scottish Government, 2010a)
Definition of a Young Carer
‘A child or young person aged under 18 who has a significant role in looking after someone else who is experiencing illness or disability’ (Scottish Government 2010b)
Definition of a Young Adult Carer
‘A child or young person aged between 16 and 25 who has a significant role in looking after someone else who is experiencing illness or disability’