Service for carers shortlisted for prestigious award
Life as a carer can be very lonely, but when you, or the person you are caring for also has a problem with alcohol issues, the feelings of isolation can be even greater.
Now a community project which looks after people in exactly this position has been shortlisted in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman Awards, the finals of which will be held on 6 November.
The SEARCH project – Support and Education for Alcohol Related Challenges in the Home - brings together Carers of West Dunbartonshire and the local HSCP’s Addiction Services, for what is believed to be a unique service in the UK, focussing on this particular area of need.
The project offers carers a range of support including one to one support, group sessions, emotional support, money and legal advice and training and wellbeing.
One carer told us: “The SEARCH project has been really terrific. Alcohol and drugs issues are often not spoken about but this brings it into the open and I feel I can unload. We need to tell people there is help there if they need it.
“When you are in this situation, you really don’t know where to turn. But when you come to SEARCH, everyone is in the same boat. It’s quite wonderful to come here and you know you’re not alone.
“I used to be really angry with the person I care for but when you learn more from others, you begin to understand what they are going through and this makes it easier to stay calm. I deal much better with the situation now, thanks to SEARCH.”
David Buchan, senior social worker at West Dunbartonshire HSCP’s Addiction Services, said: “Everyone is delighted that this valuable service has been shortlisted for a Chairman’s award. The important thing is for us to spread the word that we are here to help if people need us.”
Picture caption – Members of the SEARCH project team catch up with some of the carers they help.
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