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Glasgow East End Community Carers

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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. 
 

Glasgow East End Community Carers - #TRTawards from The Robertson Trust on Vimeo.

In order to successfully apply for funding under our Giving Strategy 2016-19, applicants must demonstrate how their work will contribute to one or more of the themes within the Trust's three new funding strands.
 
This application was eligible as a result of its fit with the following theme:
 
Funding Strand: Care and Wellbeing Theme 1: Ensuring the best quality of life for Scotland’s vulnerable adults
 

“We really respect how staff at Glasgow East End Community Carers have worked to ensure that they provide services which complement rather than duplicate what is currently on offer.  This is so important given the financial pressures we see, particularly in the health and social care sector where we all want to maximise the use of available resources.   The autism carers project is an example of this, complementing statutory provision by providing broader emotional and social support, through buddying, its helpline and peer support opportunities.  We look forward to seeing how it develops. 
 
We also appreciate the efforts taken by the staff team in collecting appropriate data. They do this not simply for current funders but are motivated by a desire to understand what works well and what doesn’t. This learning will enable them to shape future services for those people who rely on their support. It will also inform future conversations with other funders, helping to ensure the financial sustainability of their services.
 
Glasgow East End Community Carer’s overall approach, together with the enthusiasm and commitment shown by its staff,  are the key reasons why the Trust chose to provide further financial support and why we believe that its services are valued by people across the East End of Glasgow and beyond. " 
 Lesley Macdonald, Head of Giving