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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.
Falkirk Council Website
Information for residents, businesses and visitors of Falkirk Council, council tax and what's on in the local area.
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.
NHS Forth Valley Self-help website
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.
Mental health useful contacts PDF
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.
Scotland's Service Directory
SSD is a website that contains details of health and wellbeing services in Scotland. Includes GP practices, dental services and support groups and is being developed to include local services Health and Social Care Partnerships.
Scotland's Service Directory website
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.
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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
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
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
Concerned about memory loss - These groups may help
The Joint Dementia Initiative (JDI) Home from Home service is where people with a diagnosis of dementia can come together in small groups in a homely environment. It gives you the chance to meet people who are having similar experiences to you. The Home from Home service is hosted by a home day carer in their own home. A referral from Social Work Services is needed. Contact Social work on 01324 506070 to ask for an assessment.
JDI run a monthly group called the 2nd Wednesday Group in its Dollar Park base, for people under 65 who have a diagnosis of early onset dementia. Contact JDI for more information. Call 01324 501730 or email: JDIAdmin@falkirk.gov.uk
The Forth Valley branch of 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. The Centre at 35 Johnston Avenue, Stenhousemuir is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. See the website - www.alzscot.org/living-with-dementia/getting-support/find-support-near-you/forth-valley-office or phone 01324 559480.
The Carer's Centre provides advice and support and runs groups for carers. For more information, see the website - http://centralcarers.org/carers/adult-carers/ or call the Falkirk Centre - 01324 611510.
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
Financial support available for carers
You may be entitled to carer's allowance if you currently care for a person who receives attendance allowance, disabled living allowance (DLA), or personal independence payment (PIP). This person does not need to live with you or be related to you. This weekly allowance is a taxable benefit. Applying for carer's allowance can affect benefits the person that you care for is receiving, so we would recommend you take advice as a first step.
For more information, please visit Falkirk Council's website: www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/benefits-support/help-with-welfare-benefits.aspx
Fire service safety check
As part of their commitment to building a safer Scotland, Fire Scotland offer everyone in Scotland a free home fire safety visit. They can also fit smoke alarms free of charge if your home requires them. It's so easy to arrange.
To get in touch, please use the following details.
Phone: 0800 0731 999
Text: ''FIRE'' to 80800
Groups that can help with maintaining a healthy weight
If your main interest is weight loss, Scottish Slimmers, Slimming World and Weight Watchers all have classes in Falkirk and the surrounding area. For more information, please visit the following websites.
Groups that support and advise carers
The Carers Centre provides information and support to carers of all ages living in Falkirk district and Clackmannanshire.
Address: the Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk FK1 1NB
Phone: 01324 611510
For further information on support from carers, please visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/social-care/carers/