Hospital hub in Falkirk aims to enlighten

Members of CVS Falkirk are available to give advice at Falkirk Community Hospital
Members of CVS Falkirk are available to give advice at Falkirk Community Hospital

Patients and visitors to Falkirk Community Hospital will be able to get help and advice from a new hub set up by local support groups.

CVS Falkirk, an umbrella voluntary organisation which provides a platform for charities and third sector groups, has created it to help people with health, housing, social or financial problems.

Staff and volunteers from a wide range of charities and services will man The Falkirk Hospital Community Hub on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays offering help to anyone who may need it.

CVS believes it will encourage people to volunteer for a variety of causes.

At the same time, it will allow them to point people needing assistance to other local services.

Organisations which are taking part include Falkirk Credit Union, Central Carers Falkirk, Barony Housing Association, Samaritans, Open Secret, Falkirk District Association for Mental Health, Relationship Scotland and Age Scotland, as well as public sector bodies like Falkirk Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

CVS development officer Jim Thompson said: “We want to help improve health and wellbeing in our community and the first step is to raise awareness of the range of services out there.

“In partnership with NHS Forth Valley, we recognised an opportunity for local third sector organisations to come together and create an information hub where everyone can come and find out about health, welfare reform, local services and support groups operating in this area.”

The hub is based in a room near the front entrance of the hospital.

It is a pilot project and will be open on the three weekdays from 10 a.m. - noon and 2 - 4 p.m.