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NHS Forth Valley mental health information
A self-help site for a variety of mental health, stress and anxiety related conditions. Read it, download it, listen to audio files or watch videos. You can also forward it on to others who you feel would benefit from it.
As the Third Sector Interface for the Falkirk Council area, CVS Falkirk are a local, independent charitable company which exists to promote, develop and represent the third sector and volunteering.
Falkirk Council Website
Information for residents, businesses and visitors of Falkirk Council, council tax and what's on in the local area.
Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) Website
The Falkirk HSCP brings together a broad range of health, social care, and support services for people in Falkirk. The website provides key information and news updates with access to the Partnership’s publications, including the Strategic Plan 2019-2022. It also includes information on the HSCP’s governance arrangements and a timetable for future meetings.
A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS)
ALISS is a website that can be used to search for local resources. Each search can be done for a specific organisation or be done by location, with the search being narrowed or extended depending on the chosen mileage.
Mental Health - useful contacts
This pdf contains a list of organisations you can contact for help or support in addition to any help you are getting from health professionals. If you are experiencing mental health issues, we recommend you seek medical advice.
Information and services
Access to work
Disabled people of all ages who want to progress towards and into work can find useful information and advice on the Scottish Government website: www.gov.scot/policies/disabled-people
For services that support individuals, Employability Services, Falkirk can help - Please visit the website: www.linkliving.org.uk or call on 01324 466860.
NHS Audiology department in Forth Valley. If you have never been seen at the audiology department you must contact your GP initially for assessment and onward referral.
If you are a hearing aid user, drop in facilities for replacement batteries, re-tubing and advice are available at Falkirk Community Hospital on Monday. The drop in facilities are open 1300 - 1600 Thursdays/ Fridays and 0830 -1100 Tuesdays/Wednesdays.
CAPABILITY provides services directly to around 1000 disabled people at over 25 locations around Scotland, supporting people at every stage of their lives and at home, work and school. Through the schools, early years and childcare services they support not only disabled children at crucial times in their life but their families and carers.
They have many services which focus on giving disabled people the opportunity to live independent lives whether that is in their own homes, participating in their local or wider community, or finding employment. Residential and respite services are also available.
To find out more please use the details below.
Phone: 0131 337 9876
Clubs and groups for people with visual impairment or blindness
A range of social groups and classes are available at the Sensory Centre for people with visual impairment. These include a singing group, reading group, social group, personal safety and computer skills. For more information, get in contact by using the details below.
Phone: 01324 590888
Clubs for deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind people
A variety of groups and classes for BSL users are available at Forth Valley Sensory Centre, including:
- Friday evening Deaf Social club
- OAP club (12:30 - 3pm)
- Talk and Sign social group
- Knitting group and local History Group
Conversational BSL classes are available for people wanting to learn BSL.
Lip Reading Classes are also available for people who are hard of hearing.
For more information on the services that are provided, please use the following information.
Phone: 01324 590888
Community alarm and telecare services
The Mobile Emergency Care Service (MECS) provides a response to calls from our service users. An alarm is installed in people's homes. The alarm connects through the telephone line to our control centre. Alarm calls are made through a pull-cord system, an alarm unit with a trigger device or telecare equipment, such as door sensors or pressure mats. This means you can call for emergency help when you need it - for example, if you have fallen and can't get up. When you set off the alarm, it will ring in our control centre, which is open 24 hours a day.
The help you get will depend on what your emergency is. We may:
- Contact your GP or next of kin
- Send a warden to your home
- Talk with you to reassure you
For more information or to find out about getting a MECS system, please visit: www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/social-care/care-at-home
Concerned about memory loss - These groups may help
If you would like advice about your memory problems, please get in contact by using the information below.
Phone: 01324 501730
Please also use these details if you would like to come along to The Drop In Cafe. It is open to anyone with a memory impairment and their carers. The cafe is an informal way for people to come together and share their knowledge and experiences in a way that is supportive.
The cafe is based in The Joint Dementia Initiative within Dollar Park. It is open between 10:30am and 3:00pm every Friday.
Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers, including personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey. There is a local Dementia Adviser based at the Carer's Centre in Falkirk.
For more information, please use the following details.
Phone: 0808 808 3000
People over the age of 60 and people with disabilities, who are eligible, can travel free on bus services within Scotland without any peak-time restrictions.
Full details of eligibility criteria are included in the application form which can be picked up from Falkirk Library. To apply, contact Falkirk Library on 01324 503605.
For further details, please visit www.falkirk.gov.uk and search for transport.
Dial-a-Journey provide affordable and accessible door-to-door transport for people who have mobility difficulties and cannot use conventional public transport.
For more information and for the application, please visit www.dial-a-journey.org/.
Equipment for people with a visual impairment
Visit the RNIB website for information about equipment to support people with a visual impairment. You can also buy via the website: www.rnib.org.uk/ or call 0303 123 9999.
For help accessing the internet visit the Forth Valley Sensory Centre:
Address: Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Redbrae Road, Falkirk, FK1 4DD
Phone: 01324 590888
The Sensory Service Team can provide some equipment free of charge. For more information contact the team:
Phone: 01324 509875