The project has made a life changing impact on a number of tenants and their families as well as a many other older people in the Falkirk area. Based at Bield’s Thornhill Court development the Evening Support Service was in danger of closing for good due to a lack of funding.
Running every Tuesday and Wednesday, the service has managed to secure more than £17,000 to allow those who attend to enjoy themed socials in the development such as craft evenings or quiz nights or to get out and about to see places of local interest whilst their carers enjoy some valuable rest time.
Kevin Rowe, Fundraiser for Bield, said “The Support Service has been a huge success for the staff and those we care for at Thornhill Court and in Falkirk more broadly.
“Thanks to this grant from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund everyone involved will be able to continue enjoying a service that has provided an invaluable extra social aspect to so many people in Falkirk.”
Activities as simple as going for a fish supper, going to the pub for a game of darts or a walk in the evening can be an essential social outlet and the support service helps tenants to live their lives in the way they want.
Evening support has helped older people in the area to remain an active part of the community with a number of social activities and visits to Scottish landmarks, such as the Kelpies and tennis star Andy Murray’s Olympic golden post box in Dunblane.
Angie Shanks, Resource Manager at Thornhill Court, said: “The service enables older people to remain part of the local community by visiting local attractions and venues and meeting up with people of various generations in local pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas.
“For many, it’s a wonderful opportunity, not only because it allows carers a wee bit of respite as their loved ones attend the service, but those using the service have the opportunity to meet new people and for many, wonderful and strong friendships have developed.
Often, it can be an opportunity for service users, carers & their families to enjoy some quality time together, providing a vital service to so many people in many different ways.”
The Evening Support service perfectly encapsulates Bield’s ‘Free to Be’ philosophy which seeks to let people make their own choice and live as independently as possible.