NETWORK RAIL IMPROVEMENT WORKS OVER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

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NETWORK RAIL IMPROVEMENT WORKS OVER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

 

Constituents near to the Fouldubs area of railway in Grangemouth (North of Beancross Road) are reminded that over Christmas and New Year, some low impact work will be carried out to improve the Under Track Crossing (cables) in the area. 

Those affected by the works can call the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 24 hours-a-day for more information and assistance. Alternatively you can go to www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus .

 

SCOTTISH PEOPLE URGED TO ‘BEFRIEND THE ELDERLY AT CHRISTMAS’

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Please note the Age Scotland Helpline is - 0800 12 44 222 - and it runs 9am - 5pm.

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald, has urged the public to get behind Age Scotland’s #EndLoneliness campaign as 50,000 older people in Scotland are set to spend Christmas alone.
 
The MSP for Falkirk East is urging people to donate their time to befriending efforts over the festive season as “no one should have to spend Christmas alone – especially not our older neighbours, friends and relatives.”
 
Age Scotland research shows that 100,000 older Scots say they feel lonely most or all of the time, and 65,000 say they feel particularly lonely at Christmas. While loneliness impacts people of all ages, many older people have lost friends and relatives, and cold weather in winter months can also prevent some older people from getting out to socialise.
 
Angus MacDonald MSP is encouraging everyone to get behind the initiative, and highlighted the Age Scotland campaign and the free helpline for older people.
 
Commenting Angus MacDonald MSP said:
 
“No one should have to spend Christmas alone – especially not our older neighbours, friends and relatives.
 
“Loneliness is a big problem that affects many but it particularly impacts on older people – with as many as 50,000 set to spend Christmas alone, and many more feeling lonely and isolated this winter.
 
“That’s why I’m backing the Age Scotland #Endloneliness campaign, and urging people to donate their time to befriending efforts over the festive period and beyond.
 
“I hope that everyone will have a think about the older people in their local community and commit to checking in on them, or even volunteering with Age Scotland or a local older people’s group.
  

“Doing your bit could be as simple as a having a quick cup of tea with an elderly neighbour, helping them with their weekly shop, or helping clear the ice from their path - but it really could make all the difference.

 
“I also encourage people to pass on the Age Scotland helpline number to older people in need of support (0800 12 44 222), and thank the workers & volunteers that make it possible for Age Scotland to provide this vital service.”
 
Brian Sloan, Age Scotland Chief Executive, said:
 
“It is often life events such as bereavement, ill health and complex long term health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis – all more common in later life – that give rise to feelings of loneliness and which if left unaddressed can cause long-term misery.
 
“As part of our No one should have no one at Christmas campaign, we’re asking people to check on older neighbours and perhaps even see if they need a helping hand. Small gestures, like going round for a cuppa, or clearing paths of snow or ice and showing you are concerned, can provide comfort and aid to older people.
 
“Our national Freephone telephone helpline – 0800 12 44 222 – available for older people, their families and carers, offers friendship and contact as well as information and advice. We’d like to encourage people to get in touch, particularly over the winter months, and have a chat with our team of friendly advisers.
 
“Age Scotland has made tackling loneliness one of our strategic priorities. Following a ground-breaking parliamentary inquiry last year, we welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to create a national strategy to tackle social isolation, which could be the first worldwide. We now look forward to seeing this commitment realised in the months ahead.”

Angus MacDonald MSP welcomes Age Scotland’s 2017 ‘Hot Tips’ Calendar

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Age Scotland, the national older peoples’ charity, is teaming up with Parliamentarians across Scotland to support the distribution of its annual ‘Hot Tips’ Calendar as part of its winter campaign.  Each month, the calendar looks at issues to help older people get prepared for winter, stay connected in their communities and keep healthy. This year, more than 20,000 copies have been produced.

Keith Robson, Age Scotland Deputy Chief Executive said: “This year’s ‘Hot Tips’ is packed with useful information that will be of interest to older people throughout the year. We explore how to make your home comfortable, safe and warm as well as how to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy, through activities such as adult learning and walking football. We also provide other practical information that could help you save money thanks to contributions from national partners including Citizens Advice Scotland and Transport Scotland. There’s also information about the Age Scotland Helpline 0800 12 44 222  which provides information, advice and telephone friendship, that overall support Scotland’s older people to live independently at home for as long as possible.”

The calendar, funded by the Scottish Government, includes features from partner organisations including the University of the Third Age, Luminate and Electrical Safety First, and outlines campaigns Age Scotland are involved in, including the Charity’s Lets Get Moving Campaign and Early Stage Dementia Projecct.

Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East said:

“Age Scotland’s ‘Hot Tips’ calendar is a fantastic resource for older people and I would encourage my constituents to pop in and pick up their free copy.  With winters becoming increasingly severe in Scotland, it’s important that people prepare for what can happen, and Age Scotland’s ‘Hot Tips’ contain everything you need to know to stay safe, secure and connected”.

Copies of the calendar are available at Angus MacDonald MSP’s Constituency office, at 2 York Arcade, Grangemouth. 

They can also be found in your local Age Scotland retail shop, where available, as well as from your local library or by calling Silver Line Scotland on 0800 4 70 80 90.

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