Media Release: Top motivational speakers, Jamie Andrew and Mike Stevenson, to attend Dundee Carers’ Self-directed Support Providers’ Fair


THE team at Dundee Carers Centre is launching the next stage in their Self-directed Support campaign to highlight the positive impact SDS can have on people’s lives in Dundee and Angus, with a targeted posters and leaflet distribution over the next two weeks titled, ‘Your Life, Your Choice, Your Self-directed Support’.

This will lead up to an one-day SDS Fair, taking place in Dundee Caird Hall on 2 May 2015 from 10.00am to 4.00pm – with free entry for all.

Says a spokesperson: “The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about SDS and what service providers can offer, there will be over 40 providers offering information on the choices and services that are available. The event will be of interest to people with support needs, carers and people who work in the care sector.”

To put the new SDS approach in context, motivational speakers, Jamie Andrew, top Scottish mountaineer, will talk about his amazing ascents all over the world – as a quadruple amputee – and communications professional, Mike Stevenson, will talk about his journey from rough-sleeping to becoming a multi, award-winning entrepreneur.

Lucinda Godfrey, centre manager, Dundee Carers Centre, said: “We started our SDS awareness-raising campaign last month to let people know how it could change their lives.

“We have seen some great results from people who needed a different style of care and who have benefitted from SDS.

“Our event in May is designed to give people more direct information and choices allowing them to really feel the benefit of tailoring their own care to suit them and their life.”

Lucinda added: “We are very excited to have two excellent inspirational speakers to set the scene and tell people about the issues they have faced and overcome.

In advance of the event, Jamie Andrew, Scottish mountaineer, said: “It seems to me that our greatest limitations are the ones we impose on ourselves. I want to encourage others to throw out these misconceptions and to be all they can be.”



Self-directed Support providers’ Event

The Self-directed Support Service Providers’ Event will be held on Saturday 2nd May 2015, 10am – 4pm to raise awareness about what service provider options are available in the Dundee and Angus localities, so people can make an informed decision to choose the right service for them.

This event is open to the general public to browse information stalls held by service providers.

The event would be of interest to people with support needs, carers and people who work in the care sector. It also has a wider relevance, as we could all potentially have a disability or support need at some point in our lives.

If you are a service provider and would like to apply to have a stall on the day please visit www.sdsdundeeandangus.org.uk and complete the booking form.

All completed booking forms to be returned by email to eleanor@redpepperevents.com

Carer: someone who provides unpaid support to a family member or a friend who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, disability, long-term illness, mental health problems or addiction. The term carer should not be confused with a paid carer worker or personal assistant.

Jamie Andrew: Top Scottish mountaineer, has, as a quadruple amputee, climbed all over the world and raised many thousands of pounds for charity.

Mike Stevenson: Multi, award-winning Scottish entrepreneur, speaker and creative thinker.

About Dundee Carers Centre: The Dundee Carers Centre offers support and information to carers of all ages and to disabled people, including a minority ethnic service with multilingual support workers (Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin).

The centre was established in 1989 and has grown into a key provider of support services to carers and disabled people within the Dundee area.

Contact details: Claire Grier Monaghan 01382 200422 /07921848392.

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