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In August 1998 the South Lanarkshire Carers Network was formed to establish a Network for all unpaid Carers and their issues in South Lanarkshire.

Prior to this, a steering group had been meeting as a result of a Carers Strategy which had been drafted by South Lanarkshire Council in early 1998. The steering group presented a response to the draft Carers’ Strategy to South Lanarkshire Council, based on the collated information gained from a seminar held in Blantyre Miners Welfare on 21st April 1998.

On 22nd March 1999 within the Council Chambers, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire Council formally launched the South Lanarkshire Carers Strategy, together with a response from a Carer.

From here, the agenda was set and the aims and objectives of the Network were created.

The aims and objectives of the Network are:

  • To identify unpaid Carers in South Lanarkshire
  • Further develop and maintain a Network for unpaid Carers in South Lanarkshire
  • To encourage unpaid carers to participate in a variety of consultation processes
  • To consult and engage with unpaid Carers to produce, develop and provide access to comprehensive information through a variety of methods
  • To identify gaps in service provision and contribute to the development of partnerships working to improve services affecting unpaid carers.
  • To raise and develop the profile of unpaid Carers by promoting their issues at local and national level.