As we get older, things can become more difficult. Whether it’s getting out as often, doing things around the house or staying active. If you or a loved one needs help to stay socially or physically active or needs help around the home, take a look at some of the organisations that might be able to help you in Stirling.
Food Train Scotland
Food Train Scotland provides a range of services that help older people to stay in their own homes for as long as they wish. If you or your loved one struggles to do a food shop, take a look at their shopping delivery service where volunteers take people’s orders over the phone and then deliver the shopping to their house and unpack it. Providing an essential service and social contact over the phone and in person.
Find out more about the services they offer on their website and request a service using their online form.
LinkAge Stirling is run by the council and aims to make Stirling a great place to grow old. The aim of the project is to signpost older adults to local services and groups that can improve their wellbeing. It’s currently being piloted in Trossachs and Teith for those aged 65 and older. You can find out more via their Facebook page or website or call 01786 233071.
Fancy some mealtime company? MealMakers matches older isolated people with a volunteer cook in their community and is run by the national charity Food Train Scotland. Diners and cooks arrange how often they'd like to meet, making friendships over a nutritious meal and helping to reduce isolation and loneliness. Find out more about the programme.
A national charity that is dedicated to tackling isolation and loneliness among older people in the UK by providing free monthly tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75+. The tea parties are run by a network of over 12,000 volunteers and offer older people vital and regular friendship once a month.
Volunteers collect their guest from their home and take them to a volunteer hosts house where they enjoy a range of cakes, home bakes and, of course, a cup of tea (or coffee) with other diners and volunteers.
Stirling’s Men’s Sheds
Men’s sheds are community spaces for men to connect, have conversations and create. They’re all about sharing skills and having fun and are typically for older men who are facing social isolation and loneliness (but younger men and women do also get involved). Activities can range from woodwork to metalwork to electronics to model building – whatever the Shedders choose to do!
In Stirling the Men’s Shed runs on Monday’s and Saturday’s from 11am until 3pm at 44 Kings Street. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or take a look at the Scottish Men’s Shed Association website for more details on the Men’s Shed movement.
Have you used or do you have experience of one of the services? Perhaps a suggestion for a place we haven’t mentioned? Comment below and let us know to share ideas with the wider community!