Carers of West Lothian Services
Carers of West Lothian (COWL) provides information, advice and support on a wide range of issues to unpaid carers of all ages, and adults with a learning or physical disability.
Information and Advice is available about a range of topics including financial issues.
Support workers are available to provide one to one emotional and practical support as well as information and advice. They can offer a listening ear and signpost to other organisations.
Training is a great way for unpaid carers to feel more confident and positive about caring. There are a range of condition specific courses as well as shorter half day and 1 day workshops. The courses take place in a supportive peer environment with other carers to provide participants with the opportunity to learn from professional practitioners about all aspects of care.
Support groups meet regularly to offer peer support in a safe space. There are several different groups, including general groups as well as some condition specific ones.
The Young Peoples Service offers support, guidance and advice to young carers aged from 8 to 18. This includes one-to-one support as well as group work and school partnership work.
Short Breaks help carers get some respite and maintain their own health. CoWL has funding to help carers arrange a break away from home either alone or with the person who is cared for.
Counselling is available for young and adult carers.
How To Get In Touch
Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:
Young carers aged 8 to 18 years
Adult carers aged 18 years and over
People with a learning or physical disability aged 18 years and over
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Anyone can refer to this service
Contact Info. & Service Address
Monday - Friday: 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Facilities & Access
This service has the following facilities:
- Public Parking
- Wheelchair Access
- Creche facilities are not available at this location.
Provider's Name: Carers of West Lothian
Carers of West Lothian provides information, advice and support on a wide range of issues to unpaid carers of all ages, and adults with a learning or physical disability. Carers of West Lothian is now a well-established voluntary organisation which is a Registered Scottish Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. It was started in 1990 by a small group of people, themselves carers who recognised the need carers had for information and support. They were concerned about the lack of support for carers in West Lothian and used their own experience to set up a service to support carers like themselves.