Dissability News

Please find attached the latest edition of Dissability News it contains information about our group.

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A new Community Radio Station will be broadcasting Online from late March 2015. Blether FM, which will be staffed by people with learning and physical disabilities with the assistance of volunteers.

The radio Station was developed in conjunction with the Local Community Planning: Community Action News website and is also supported by the Disability Action Group who meets in Falkirk.

The Radio Station will feature profiles and news items from both disability groups and from Communities across the Falkirk Area along with general chat, quizzes and a variety of music.

The station will broadcast its first hour long show on Thursday 26th March 2015 at 11.00am and current plans to broadcast once a month with more frequent programming planned for the future.

You can tune in to Blether FM “Online” using your PC, Laptop, Tablet or Smart Phone by clicking the Player on the Blether FM website here: http://blether.fm

 Don't miss out-remember to listen in!


For More information go to the Community Action News Website  http://localcommunityaction.net/

Turn2us is a charity that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations.

You could be missing out on financial help available to you through welfare benefits. This free and easy-to-use calculator can help you check what you might be entitled to.



Falkirk Family Support Group

We provide:

üGroup/peer support

üDevelopment sessions

üHolistic help (massage, meditation)

To arrange a one to one meeting prior to coming to the group, please contact Elaine direct on 07804 574472

The Next Step  


Do you have a mobility problem or know someone who does?

Would you / they like to have a day out?

We can help.

The Next Step group runs day trips for people with a Physical disability and their carers. We hire a wheelchair accessible minibus with an experienced driver.

Members are asked for a small donation towards transport costs.

Pick-up points are Dundas Resource Centre in Grangemouth and Stenhousemuir. Bus leaves 10.30am and returns 4pm approx.

To book your places please contact:

Tel.: 07920 866069

Charity registered with OSCR - Number SC037511

  • Welfare Benefits Advice Services in Falkirk Area

    Free Welfare Benefits Advice is available to all....

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Eye Tests at Home

Complete Community Care specialise in providing NHS home eye tests for individuals who, for any reason may be unable or find it difficult to visit a local optician. They have many years' experience in providing this service to patients in full time care facilities and in their own homes.

The free NHS eye examination includes a full eye health check for conditions including diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts.

For further information or to arrange an appointment please call: 0141 4048354 or Freephone 0800 2404602 alternatively visit their website: www.completecommunitycare.co.uk


Welfare Benefits Poster


The British Red Cross Falkirk Office has been sold and will be relocating its services. The Management Team are currently working towards securing permanent premises in Forth Valley.

As a temporary measure, the Medical Loan Service will be closed from Friday 1st November 2013. Our Transport & Escort, Reablement and Therapeutic Care Services will continue to operate as normal and be managed by from Edinburgh.

  • The impact of welfare reform and the economic recession on health and health inequalities in Scotland October 2013, to find out more please click on this link



Don't fall for application form scams online

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Perth & Kinross Trading Standards is warning people not to fall for excess charges when applying for official documents.

If you require a passport, driving licence, EHIC Health card or ESTA application, or are renewing your driving licence on your 70th birthday, please beware of websites which look like they are taking a fee for the full cost of processing and submitting the application.

These sites, often mistaken for the official sites, charge a fee to have your application checked or a booking fee for your driving test.

As these copycat and unofficial websites look a lot like the genuine sites, people are being misled.

Many people have mistakenly paid for this checking service, with some companies charging up to £45 per enquiry. Any official application fee will then also be payable on top of this, so this scam can double the cost of applying for these documents.

Be aware of unofficial sites

Although these sites are not necessarily illegal they can lead the unwary into paying unnecessary fees.

The European Health Insurance Card (previously the E111) entitles UK residents to the same level of national healthcare as nationals in European Union countries and although it provides valuable medical cover, it is not a replacement to travel insurance. You can apply for this card free of charge via the official EHIC online application form. www.ehic.org.uk

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (Esta) is the authorisation required for people who wish to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program: there is a charge for this authorisation. Apply online at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

It is not a requirement to have your passport application checked but for peace of mind the Post Office offers this service at a lower price and they will deliver your form securely to the Passport Office. These application forms can be picked up at your local Post Office branch or online at www.postoffice.co.uk/passport-check-send

If you use copycat and unofficial websites, you are giving them a large amount of your personal information, more than enough for identity fraud to be possible.

If you think you have been scammed or ripped off contact Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 08454 040506 for advice, alternatively go online to www.adviceguide.org.uk


Just to let you know of a community café especially for anyone with a disability, a sensory impairment, “assessed need”, carers or an interest in disability. The café is held on the first Thursday of each month in the FV sensory centre, Camelon between 12.30 – 2pm.



Thanks for passing on this info to anyone you think would be interested.


A BSL interpreter service is available by contacting the sensory centre directly

(Tel 01324 590888)


  Hi I am Ria from Falkirk For Mums , come and have a look at our website, everything a
mum needs to Know for Falkirk and the surrounding areas.
From what’s going on locally, money saving discounts, things for mums and Kids to
do and Community information, just to name a few.
You can find us at :- www.falkirkformums.co.uk
You can also follow me and almost 3000 followers of FFM on Facebook

Your Call (Freephone telephone counselling for disabled people in Scotland) is now offering an e-mail counselling service.

See the attached pdf Your Call leaflet

 Your call link :-



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