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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.
Getting Around - Local information
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/.
Mental health and well-being service
FDAMH is based in Falkirk and works with people and families experiencing the impact of mental illness. If you'd like to get in contact with them, please use the information below.
Phone: 01324 671600
Taxi services for people with mobility difficulties
Taxicard is for people with disabilities who cannot use ordinary buses and allows cardholders to travel in taxis at a reduced fare. Wheelchair accessible taxis are available. For details and an application form, please visit: www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/roads-parking-transport/transport/taxicard.aspx
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 form, please visit their website: www.dial-a-journey.org
What to do if you or someone you know has falls
The NHS Inform website is a good source of information about falls.
There is information about Preventing Falls, What to Do if You Fall, How to Get up Safely from a Fall, and What to Do if Someone Else Has a Fall.
There are short easy-to-understand videos you can watch so you are prepared and well informed should you experience a fall.
There is also a leaflet attached which describes how you can help someone if they fall.
Alarm systems are available that allow people to call for help in the event of a fall or if they become suddenly unwell. Some private companies offer this service and can be found via an internet search.
Social Work Adult Services runs the Mobile Emergency Care Service (MECS) throughout the Falkirk area. See the website for more information - www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/social-care/care-at-home/mecs.aspx
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
NHS Forth Valley self help for better mental health
NHS Forth Valley have created an extremely comprehensive self help site that provides information, advice, support and local services for a variety of mental health, stress and anxiety related conditions.
To view the user friendly online self help service visit www.selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/forthvalley.
Read it, download it, listen to audio files, watch videos, and you can also forward it on to others who you feel would benefit from it.
The site covers the following things:
- Controlling anger
- Depression and low mood
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Food and healthy eating
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices and disturbing beliefs
- Obsessions and compulsions
- Post traumatic stress
- Postnatal depression
- Prisoner anxiety, depression, low mood and post traumatic stress
- Self harm
- Social anxiety
- Sleeping problems
Strathcarron Compassionate Communities Team help people get to know others in their local area and to be part of their local community. Anyone can access the support that we offer, we have no criteria and no previous connection with Strathcarron Hospice is necessary. Our hope is that if people are part of their local community, with a network of people who live nearby, they will have good support if they were to become unwell or bereaved.
Within Falkirk we can support people to be more connected with those around them in a range of ways:
- Providing information about other groups and activities that are taking place in their area and providing community support to access these groups.
- Putting a person in touch with someone else who may be able to visit, telephone or write letters.
- Learning more about a person’s skills and talents and how they would like to use these to be more of a part of their community.
- Providing ways to connect people who are not able or who have lost confidence in going out. E.g. by hosting online gatherings centred around interests, e.g. Storytelling and Musical Memories
- "Snow Drop Cafes" operating in different areas of Falkirk, when covid restrictions allow. These are open to all and provide tea, biscuits and the opportunity to meet with other local people.
There are a range of ways that we can provide support, tailored to suit the ways you would like to connect with your neighbours and community.
Please contact us by emailing: email@example.com
Cyrenians’ Falkirk projects provide safe spaces for those feeling isolated from their community to gain confidence and plan for a more positive future. Arnotdale House in Dollar Park is home to our charitable work in Falkirk supporting the local community and tackling the causes and consequences of homelessness. With our family-friendly café and beautiful walled garden, Arnotdale House is a visitor hotspot.
Our services are separated into three main components:
- Employability Services: This includes supporting individuals engaging with the Employment and Training Unit at Falkirk Council, providing 1-1 support to link those touched by the Justice System to volunteering, training and employment opportunities and providing individuals on a Community Payback Order the opportunity to gain a qualification as well as developing listening, communication and work etiquette skills and self-confidence.
- Outreach Services: Including a project based in the Camelon/Tamfourhill area, supporting both individuals with a justice background looking to get back into work, and the local employers who would like to employ them. Also includes a Community Link Worker based in Kersiebank Medical Practice and Bo’ness Road Medical practice who provides support overcoming any barriers they may have preventing them from living a healthy lifestyle or achieving their goals, help identify personal outcomes and priorities and, where appropriate, link to other services in the local area.
- Walled Garden: It was brought to life by individuals undertaking unpaid work as part of their Community Payback Order, alongside the third, public and private sectors and community groups. Provides work for those carrying out Community Payback Orders as well as volunteering opportunities, also allows linking into other Falkirk Services for support. The walled garden is utilised by the general public as a place to go, attend events or an opportunity for Wedding Photographs and Weddings.
Help for those who may have stopped going out or find it difficult to talk to people
Reengage UK (previously Contact the Elderly) seeks to encourage older people who live alone, or in sheltered housing are are feeling lonely to develop social interests by bringing companionship into their lives, to help establish contact with others, and to encourage younger people to devote some of their time to helping older people find companionship and new friendship groups.
Reengage arranges regular social gatherings at over 900 venues across the UK. In response to the COVID pandemic, the Call Companions service was introduced bringing people together with a volunteer by phone. Reengage plan to keep the Call Companions service running after COVID restrictions are lifted.
Find out more using the details below.
Freephone: 0800 716543
FDAMH is an organisation based in Falkirk for anyone experiencing the impact of mental illness. If you'd like to get in touch, please use the information below.
Phone: 01324 671600
Help with mobility when shopping
Self or battery operated wheelchairs and scooters are available free from Central Shopmobility for people with short or long term mobility difficulties. These are based at Callendar Square car park, and Stirling Bus Station.
For more information and to apply for membership, please use the following details.
Phone: 01324 630500 (Mon-Sat 10am-4pm)
Alternatively, visit the Shopmobility Falkirk Facebook page.