What is ACVN?

Driving adherence to best practice and transparency in care-practice, any Angus-based carer is welcome to come to the Angus Carers' Voice Network.

Meeting every 6 weeks, ACVN offers all carers in Angus a genuine opportunity to ensure that their voices are heard and that their views influence the ongoing strategic development of the Health & Social Care Partnership.

Why get involved in ACVN?

  • ACVN influences local & national strategic and policy development of the Health & Social Care Partnership which affects carers
  • ACVN assists in the design and delivery of workforce development plans in partnership with colleagues from statutory services
  • ACVN ensures that all staff in the Health & Social Care Partnership are aware of the “Equal and Expert – 3 Best practice standards for Carer Engagement” developed by the Coalition of Carers
  • ACVN ensures that all strategic activity and plans in the Health & Social Care Partnership evidence the “Equal and Expert – 3 Best practice standards for Carer Engagement” developed by the Coalition of Carers in their work
  • ACVN ensures that the communities represented by carers are represented at relevant groups and meetings both locally and nationally.
  • ACVN ensures that work produced by the Health & Social Care Partnership is developed through dialogue with communities of carers
  • We always provide clear and concise information and feedback to carers as outlined in a Communication Plan, which includes a timetable and minute of all meetings

Carers are recognised & supported as key partners in the planning & delivery of care. Through ACVN, Carers' needs are fully assessed before ongoing support is offered.

Clear and Transparent Eligibility

The Scottish Government has issued a suite of indicators which summarise the impact of the caring role, to support decision-making on eligibility. It proposes that all local authorities use these but there is local discretion in determining the threshold for support. These indicators link closely to the outcomes which form the basis of the Angus Adult Carer Support Plan and Young Carers Statement.

This PDF document (link below) outlines the process to be followed to determine a carer’s identified needs and whether there is a duty or power to provide support to meet them. It will ensure a clear and transparent system to determine eligibility so that carers in Angus are appropriately supported. First, Carer Definitions (Scotland Act 2016).

Local Eligibility Criteria for Carers:

  • Assessment and Support Planning
  • An Overview of Eligibility
  • Threshold for Determining the Level of Support
  • Indicators of Eligibility – Young/Adult Carers
  • Types of Support and Services
  • Summary of Framework for Young/Adult Carers

Local Eligibility Criteria for Carers

Waiving of Charges - Through Shared Care Scotland

Shared Care Scotland has a vision for a Scotland where everyone who receives support or provides unpaid care can live a full and satisfying life, with the assistance they need to take regular, quality breaks from the everyday demands of their caring routines.

Waiving of Charges Link

Angus Carers COVID-19 Diary

In these unprecedented times COVID-19 has changed all of our day to day living. Angus Carers Voice Network (ACVN), supported by Angus Carers Centre wants to capture the changes it may have meant for you.

ACVN has suspended plans for a full Diary Project until later in 2020 but we are really interested to find out what difference COVID-19 has made to your life and your caring role.

By completing the COVID-19 Diary we will be able compile a report to share your experiences with Angus Health & Social Care Partnership who fund Carers Support in Angus and the Carers Policy Unit at the Scottish Government.

N.B Your personal details, or anything else which might identify you will not be included in the Carer’s Diary Project Report. We require this information about you to ensure that the Diary Report content can be verified by Angus Carers Centre.

This is a shorter version of the originally diary - please see a link here: ACVN_Diary.doc

Connecting with ACVN

Carers Reps for all meetings and groups within the Health & Social Care Partnership are identified and assigned through the Network, with the role of carer reps reviewed at least annually. Carer reps will ensure timely consultation and feedback of these activities.

You can find more information relating to the Angus Carers' Voice Network here.

If you would like to be added to the Angus Carers' Voice Network mailing list or email update list (or both), please contact the Centre.

Next ACVN Meeting

Given the current restrictions we are hosting our meetings on the Zoom platform – allowing carers to get involved wherever they are located. If you would like to attend our next meeting, please email jill@anguscarers.org.uk. You will then be sent an invitation link with the start time prior the meeting. If you’d like a short practice session before the meeting please indicate this in your email to Jill.

If you would like to be added to the Angus Carers' Voice Network mailing list or email update list (or both), please contact the Centre.

 

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