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Tackling Inequalities Bulletin - Community Wellbeing, & Safety Partnership - October


This bulletin will update the group on services, activities and funding available for local people with barriers and poverty challenges. For more information, please go to the Tackling Inequalities webpage at

      Universal Credit & Digital support      

UC @ Clackmannan - since the closure of the Clackmannan CAP, the Clackmannan UC session will continue in the Brucefield Room, Clackmannan Town Hall Wednesday 10.30-12am. The Assisted Digital Support timetable is available here.

Digital Skills Drop-in sessions – new sessions run by Digital Champion Volunteers are now running at the Speirs Centre and Tullibody Library in addition to the UC sessions – timetable here.

Digital Skills Classes – new six week blocks are starting at the Speirs Centre in November, followed by Alloa Business Centre in January, and Sauchie CAP and Alva CAP. Please contact Brian Weaver, IT & Employability Coordinator for more details. More details here. To book a place, contact Please note that these courses are not designed for people on employability programmes like Fair Start.
Budgeting & financial advice  

Outreach sessions are no longer available from CAB at Tullibody Healthy Living. Budgeting sessions are available daily at CAB on Burgh Mews and in other outreach venues – for more details contact Outreach sessions continue at Carers’ Centre, Homestart, Hawkhill CC and Play Alloa. Financial support for people with mental ill health coming soon also.

Fuel Poverty & Water Savings   

Winter Warmer Campaign Warm Home Discount Scheme – low income families can access £140 of free energy. Contact CAB for more details.

Energy Best Deal  - now running by CAB – providing information and training to groups and to have Energy Champions in each community.

Smart meters for older people – contact Donna Mclean at CAB.

Water Savings - Malcolm Eakin from Home Energy Scotland can provide assessments for people in Clacks to reduce water, including hot water. Contact at

Welfare & Food   

Two-day food Pack The Gate, Clacks Council and CAB are trialling a two-day meal pack to allow those applying for Crisis Grants 48 hours cover. If they are unsuccessful getting the Crisis Grant, The Gate will provide a further 5 days meal cover. Please contact CAB for referral. Harvest and Christmas donations now welcome at The Gate. 

Best Start Grant – first Social Security Scotland grant is for low income families providing financial support in the key early years of a child’s life. £600 for elegible families on the birth of their first child and £300 for subsequent children to unlimited number. Plus £250 for around the time of nursery start.

Workshops for Staff – email for more details to
Mental Health & and Suicide Prevention    

New Suicide Prevention Card  - Every Life Matters now produced – available at Council premises, Police and health centres and through Integrated Mental Health. For copies email Sylvie Mcleary at or call 01259 215048.

New Mental Health Nurses now based at surgeries in Clacks:

Michale Griffith – Hallpark Medical Centre, Hamish Gordon – Alva and Dollar, Elizabeth Mcateer - Kincardine, Clackmannan & Tillicoultry.
Employability Support    


The Local Employability Partnership (LEP) directory is now updated and can

be found here. 

Addiction & Recovery  

New projects coming to Clacks to support ADP - ASC and Circle will be providing a new women’s recovery service in Clacks and Signpost will be rolling out the highly successful Social Inclusion Programme currently run in Falkirk to Clacks – to support people with complex needs presenting often to services.

Recovery Workers – additional workers will be appointed to support expanding Recovery Community and anew Recovery Cafe will be running in Sauchie.


Other News  

Clacks CAB – now offering a Patient Advice & Support Service – call 08009 172 127. For anyone who has comments, concerns and complaints about the NHS.

Community Grant Scheme – NHS Forth Valley Health Promotion Service  - applications of £40 (community) and £300 (small medium enterprise) are welcome from communtiy groups and organisations. To receive an application pack contact or

Community funding for a Smoke-free Scotland by 2034 – grants of up to £2000 can be provided for projects that support positive preventative activities for children and improve access to sport, leisure and art for children in Forth Valley. Forth Valley NHS is working with CTSI, SVE and CVS Falkirk. Email for application form or contact your local TSI. 

New Manager at Forth Valley Rape Crisis - Mridul Wadhwa has started as the new Manager and can be contacted at

For more information, latest minutes and updates for the Tackling Inequalities Group, please go to

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