People have told us that the important things include family, staying in control, not being a burden and good communication. They know that making plans for the future is important and would help them, but they don’t know what or how to do it, or how to start this difficult conversation with their loved ones.

Over the summer we have had regular meetings with groups in Denny and Alloa to discuss ways for people to get help with this.

We now understand that information is very important, but different people require different approaches and choice is essential. We have heard that many people find using the internet for this kind of information is daunting and a personal touch would reduce the anxiety.

We have worked with the groups to find a way to provide people with a choice of information which they can access in their own community.

As a result we have introduced pop up information stands in community locations which will be manned by volunteers who have been trained by Strathcarron Hospice and some who have personal experience of living with or caring for someone with a long term condition. A range of information will be available about making plans for the future, and having difficult conversations and our volunteers will be able to signpost to other sources of help and advice if required.

The information stands will be available at

  • Clackmannan Community Health Centre on Wednesday 2nd August 10am – 12md
  • Carronbank Medical Centre on Thursday 3rd August 10am – 12md

If you would like further information please contact Susan High or Mandy Ross

01324 826222 susan.high@nhs.net mandy.ross2@nhs.net