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Coalition of Carers meeting

The Coalition of Carers holds 3 meetings a year throughout Scotland. They aim to bring carers and staff from local carer organisations together with key decision makers from national and local government.  They also provide the opportunity for people to network and share best practice from across Scotland.  Meetings are free to all members.

Our member meetings in 2018 will be held on

  • Wednesday 25th April
  • Wednesday 15th August
  • Wednesday 15th November

Next Meeting
Our next meeting will focus on the Carers Act and changes to the Adults and Incapacity Act

Date: 25th April
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Glasgow
Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm

The Carers (Scotland) Act
The Carers Act is now law. At the next meeting of the Coalition of Carers we will be focussing on how it is being implemented and funded across Scotland.  The meeting will include

  • Results from our survey on how the third sector is being funded to implement the Act
  • Sharing information on how the Act is being implemented.  What is working well, what is still in progress and what areas are causing challenges?
  • Self-Directed Support and carers.  What new choices do carers have now there is a duty to give them the four SDS options?
  • Our expert panel will answer your questions about the Carers Act.  Panel members will include
    • Lindsey Henderson, Head of the Carers Policy Unit
    • Julie Rintoul, Scottish Government Statistician
    • Geoff Mohamed, carer and member of COCIS’s committee
    • Wendy Jack, Head of Strategy, West Dunbartonshire Partnership
    • Elaina Smith, Health Improvement, Senior Acute Carers, NHS Greater Glasgow
    • Claire Cairns, COCIS Network Coordinator

To book a place at the meeting Tel: 01786 850247 or email

Last Meeting – Best Practice Bites
Our last meeting was held at the Apex Hotel in Edinburgh on the 29th of November.

It included:

  • An overview of our scoping report ‘Are we ready for the Carers Act?’
  • Examples of best practice across Scotland
  • A session on the reform of adult social care
  • Frank’s Law, introduced by Amanda Kopel

Presentation material is available to download:

Previous Meeting – Equal, Expert and Valued
This meeting was held on Wednesday 29th March at The City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ

The theme of the meeting was ‘Equal, Expert and Valued’ and included:

  • An update from the Scottish Government on preparations for the Carers Act
  • The opportunity to contribute to the developing regulations and guidance to accompany  The Carers Act
  • ‘Equal, Expert and Valued’. A report on carer representatives experience on Integrated Joint Boards

Presentation material from the meeting is available below:

Previous Meetings – Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on Wednesday 26th October at the Apex Waterloo Hotel, 23 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BH

The theme of the meeting was ‘A New Future for Social Security’ and included information and discussion on the government’s consultation on social security in Scotland.

The meeting was introduced by the Minister for Social Security, Jeanne Freeman

The following papers are available to download:

 ‘Fair Funding for Care’

This meeting was held on Wednesday 29th of June at the Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling.  The theme of the meeting was ‘Fair Funding for Care’ and included

  • Paying For Austerity – Social Care Charges in Scotland
    Ian Hood, Coordinator of the Learning Disability Alliance
  • Care Policy and Equality: International models of good practice
    Kirstein Rummery, Professor of Social Policy, Stirling University
  • Planning for an Emergency, Enable Scotland
  • Sustainable funding for local carer services, Graham Reekie

The following papers are available to download:


AGM – November 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland was held on Wednesday 25th November at the Apex Hotel, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BH.

The theme of the meeting was a ‘Healthier- Wealthier-Fairer’ Scotland for carers

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport introduced the government’s plans for a healthier and fairer Scotland.  This was be followed by an interactive session to allow the government to hear directly from carers.

In the afternoon we had an update on the Carers Bill, and what amendments have been made in Stage 2 before it becomes an Act of Law.

The following papers are available:

Previous Meetings of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland

Our previous meeting was in  Glasgow on the 25th of March.   We disussed the Carers Bill and the legislative process.  We also hald an interactive session briging together views on the Bill.

The following papers are available

Annual General Meeting of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland 2014

Our A.G.M in Edinburgh on the 26th of November. We asked the question – If Scotland has more devolved powers – what will this mean for carers?

The following papers are available to download:

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