Based in Shettleston, Glasgow East End Community Carers (GEECC) has been providing support to carers in the East End of Glasgow since 1991. The organisation was originally formed by a group of local unpaid carers who recognised that many individual carers needed support, advice and information to allow them to continue in their caring role.
As well as a homecare service, the organisation's Carers Hub was launched in May 2016 and aims to provide ongoing preventative support to carers within the local community. It does this by providing carers with a range of services, support groups and activities aimed at improving health and well-being, reducing isolation and stress and increasing capacity and resilience to help carers continue in their caring role.
In 2018, The Robertson Trust awarded a Small Grant of £18,000 (£9,000 x 2 years) towards the organisation's autism carers project. This has enabled GEECC to extend its advice and support provision and deliver more parent carer and autism support groups. It has also allowed it to develop its ASD parent buddying group, siblings group, as well as a range of workshops and information sessions for the young people themselves to better understand their diagnosis and learn coping strategies.
To find out more about the organisation, its work and its award from The Robertson Trust, watch the video below.