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Welcome to our news and events page, providing you with current news and information happening locally and nationally.


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Action on Hearing Loss

Are you deaf or hard of hearing?

Do you wear a NHS hearing aid?




How to look after your hearing aids


To work well hearing aids need to be cleaned regularly, batteries need to be replaced, and the tubing that connects the ear mould to the aid needs to be changed every 3 to 6 months.


Action on Hearing Loss Scotland runs Hear to Help drop-ins at which trained volunteers carry out free hearing aid maintenance for NHS hearing aid wearers. People can also get support and information on living with hearing loss and find out about the local services that can help.


The Clydebank drop in is held in Clyde Shopmobility, 22 Alexander Street, and runs 3 times a month on the 1st and 3rd Fridays, and the 4th Saturday, between 10am-12pm.


More information is available on Action on Hearing Loss website or by contacting Katy Green on 0141 341 5338 or email


How do you fancy a run around our National Park?

Every Saturday at 9.30am, a 5k run will start just inside the main gates of the Park which is on Balloch Road. (Opposite the bus terminus which is next to the Co-operative supermarket).


There is no registration, no fee and no official recording of times. Just turn up for a Run in the Park.

The course will be marked out with directional signs, but it must be stressed that participants will run at their own risk.


See link for route details: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/93939707/


CALL HOTLINE NUMBER: 07534365271 to check to see if the run has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Do not leave any messages on this number.


Visit the website: www.runnpark.leagurepublic.com


Please contact for further information by Telephone :01389 756384



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Not Everyone Is Who They Appear To Be


Strathclyde Police has launched a new campaign to tackle the issue of bogus callers – a crime which now affects communities the whole year round.


With the strapline ‘Not everyone is who they appear to be’, the campaign encourages people to question whether or not the person on the other side of their door, or on the other end of their phone line, is who they say they are.


It will also encourage anyone targeted by bogus callers - whether the victim themselves, a family member, neighbour or carer - to speak up and report incidents or concerns to police.


Bogus callers can take many guises and they’re generally very skilled at deception. They turn up at your door unannounced or contact you by phone, try to gain your trust and trick you out of money.


Our message is simple – not everyone is who they appear to be so don’t be afraid to challenge them or question their intentions. If genuine, they won’t have a problem with it.


Are they definitely from the utility company they say they are?


Are they definitely there to take your meter readings?


Are they definitely calling from your bank? 


Further information on our campaign, advice on how to spot bogus callers and how to prevent falling victim to this despicable crime can be found at .www.scotland.police.uk/forces-welcome/


Anyone can fall victim to bogus callers - young or old. People often feel embarrassed about the fact that they’ve fallen for someone’s story but we want to reassure victims that it’s nothing to be embarrassed about and that they, or their family member, neighbour or carer, shouldn’t be afraid to report incidents to their local police on 0141 532 2000. Always call 999 in an emergency.




For information about Bowel Screening, view the poster

  Making Communication Even Better


The Making Communication Even Better web resource is a series of vision statements and video clips featuring individuals with a range of communication difficulties (for a variety of reasons, including motor neurone disease, autism, and dementia) talking about their communication experiences/difficulties in a range of healthcare settings. It is aimed at all healthcare workers and its goal is to ensure that health service staff think about the impact of communication difficulties on health interactions.


The web resource is a powerful tool for anyone wanting to think about the impact of communication on their interactions with patients


As one recent user of the resource said: 


 "I applaud all the individuals who have so kindly taken the time to share their experiences of how communication difficulties impact on everyday life.  The extent of isolation, lack of respect and sheer frustration is palpable from their reflection of their experiences, as is their determination to positively use these experiences to educate other people in the practicalities of good communication to prevent any other individuals with communication difficulties from suffering."


We recently launched a new service specifically for minority ethnic adult survivors of child sexual abuse. The Ethnic Survivors Forum provides support services to minority ethnic adult survivors resident in Scotland including a freephone telephone helpline and free face to face counselling and support.


For more information

Goalball UK logo
The Goalball Leadership Award is a stand-alone qualification that is accredited by Goalball UK, the National Governing Body of the Paralympic sport.


The aims of the course are to teach candidates:-


  • How to communicate and guide a person with a visual impairment in a sporting environment


  • How to mark out a goalball court and what equipment is required


  • How to lead an introductory coaching session, including a warm up and basic attacking and defending techniques


  • The format and rules of the game, including the domestic structure and relevant contacts for further information.


This highly practical one day course is delivered by an approved Goalball UK Tutor.


There are no pre-requisites for attending the course and, subject to full attendance and participation, candidates will receive a certificate at the end. There is no formal examination or final assessment. 


Click here to complete Goldenball Leaders Course Booking Form





For more information please contact Goalball UK on enquiries@goalballuk.com or visit our website at www.goalballuk.com



Link up logo

Not sure who to turn to for help?


Link up helps Older People living in West Dunbartonshire to access the full range of Community Services and support with one call.


Tel: 0141 280 0129


For more information view link up poster

Following the success in delivering a national helpline for young men -Breathing Space. NHS 24 have implemented Living Life. Which is a national Guided Self Help support service aimed at offering guided self help for people with mild to moderate anxiety and depressive symptoms .


The service is available to individuals 16 years and over and provides support over the telephone and can be accessed by booking an appointment by calling 0800 328 6955 between 1pm and 9pm Monday to Friday.




 Macmillan Carers Service


West Dunbartonshire CHCP has developed the Macmillan Carers Services in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. These services are able to offer a wide range of emotional and practical support to people who have a cancer diagnosis, their family members or their carers.


This support is always tailored to the needs of the individual and can include helping you with your shopping, assisting you to your appointments or simply giving you a welcome break from some of the difficulties being affected by cancer may bring.


If you know someone who would benefit from the support of the Macmillan Carers Services please contact Catherine Barry, Macmillan Carers Service on 01389 608128 or Allan Clark, Macmillan Volunteer Service on 0141 951 6141 for more information.


Macmillan Carers Service Poster






West Dunbartonshire Mental Health
Room 2
Benview Resource Centre
Strathleven Place
G82 1BA
Tel. (01389) 742294



Scottish Charity Number - SC 039187

NHSGGC Achieves National Investing In Volunteers Award


Scotland’s largest health board has been awarded a national award for its commitment to volunteering and volunteers.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has won the UK wide Investing in Volunteers Award for it’s approach to volunteering.

NHSGGC has over 700 volunteers working directly with services in more than 40 different roles both in hospitals and community settings. There are also many more volunteers who work for voluntary organisations but are based on our sites or with our services.

In order to achieve an Investing in Volunteers award organisations have to demonstrate their commitment to volunteering and volunteers.

Part of the assessment is identifying examples of good practice and NHSGGC was particularly highlighted for the range of roles available to volunteers, the way we adapt tasks to suit individual skills and interests, our volunteering policy, role descriptions and handbooks, and our approach to training and induction.

Rosslyn Crocket, Director of Nursing, NHSGGC said: “Winning the Investing in Volunteers Award is a testament to not only the many volunteers involved with our services but also to our staff and how they support volunteers in their roles.

“We recognise that volunteers play a major role in our organisation and their dedication is second to none. They bring a different range of skills to our services and also bring us together with local communities.

“Volunteering can also offer individuals the opportunity to develop new skills leading to employment. We want to do all that we can to support our volunteers and their development of additional skills through volunteering.”

The Investors in Volunteers assessors visited the organisation in February and spoke to over 50 staff and volunteers from across NHSGGC including staff in hospitals, health centres, clinics, and community and mental health. Comments from both staff and volunteers included:

• volunteers add a component to services that staff cannot;
• volunteers connect us to the needs of the community our CHP serves;
• it’s helped me feel useful, that I make a contribution. I’m trying to get back to work and feel there’s

   more potential for that now;
• I need experience to help me progress at College and the NHS provides this opportunity and gives

  me practical training and support;
• I’ve learned new things and it’s helped me develop as a person. It’s been good for my mental 

  health issues and I have remained stable since I started volunteering;
• it makes my life worthwhile. I come out feeling happy with myself, that I’ve done a bit of good.


The NSPCC have recently launched a "Don't wait until your certain" campaign.


Don’t wait until you’re certain is a digital advertising campaign, the aim of which is to encourage adults to take action immediately if they have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child.  If people have concerns they can contact the NSPCC, social work, or the police.  The campaign will be promoted through social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) as well as via relevant websites and blogs.  We are also partnering with Netmums who will be promoting the campaign. 


From Friday 23 March you can view the campaign film on the NSPCC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nspcc).  


As part of the campaign, a Helpline Highlight: a year in review has been published. This is an analysis of contacts with the NSPCC helpline.  It found that in 2011, 56 per cent of people whose call to the NSPCC resulted in a referral to an external agency - social work or police - said they had been concerned about the child for at least a month before taking action. The report also found that contacts to the NSPCC had increased by 29% on the previous year, with a doubling of calls about abuse. 


You can read a copy of Helpline Highlight: A year in review at www.nspcc.org.uk/helplinehighlights. 


This digital campaign is the first of its kind for the NSPCC, and by responding to changes in audience we hope to reach more people and, ultimately, help protect more children.


For more information on our campaign, from Friday, visit the NSPCC website (www.nspcc.org.uk). If you have any queries about this campaign or would like to comment upon it, please do not hesitate to contact info@nspcc.org.uk  (or phone 0207 825 2775).


         West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership

Smoke Free Services – Community



Quit with West Dunbartonshire Community Stop Smoking Service. We provide free, local, friendly and informal support sessions in your local area.



Contact your Trained Smoking Cessation Advisor on

01389 744650

(email:  Smokefreewd@ggc.scot.nhs.uk) 


To find out more come along to one of our groups


Rape Crisis



08088 00 00 14
You can also contact us by email on support@rapecrisiscentre-glasgow.co.uk



Our drop in at 30 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LG is open every Wednesday from 10.30 am until 3.00 pm and again on Wednesday evenings between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm.


When there are classes organised we will let you know. 


Well Wednesday  


Breathing Space is a free, confidential and anonymous phone service available to anyone across Scotland. We are operationally managed by NHS24 and work in partnership to provide an accessible out of hours mental health service for people across Scotland. 


Breathing Space advisors can listen, offer advice and signpost callers onto help in their local area. Call advisors are available 6pm – 2am (Monday – Thursday) and 24 hours at weekends (Friday 6pm –Monday 6am) on freephone 0800 83 85 87.


1st February was chosen to mark Breathing Space Day as it falls within a period in January and February known to be anecdotally associated with an increase in low mood, depression and winter blues.


The theme for Breathing Space Day this year is 'Well Wednesday'. The aim of the day is to get people thinking about what simple things they can do to improve their mental wellbeing, answering the question "How do you take your Breathing Space?"


The day also aims to raise awareness that the Breathing Space phone line offers a free   and confidential listening and advice service to people who might be in distress.


The 'Well Wednesday' campaign is supported by Public Health Minister Michael Matheson and BBC presenter Kaye Adams and will be visiting Fir Park as one of the touring van stops to promote the importance of good mental wellbeing.


Coverage in November of the suicide of Wales Manager Gary Speed has heightened awareness of anxiety and depression in sportspeople. A recent documentary by cricketer Andrew Flintoff explored depression and the problems suffered in private by sportsmen. Boxer Frank Bruno, Celtic football manager Neil Lennon and All Blacks rugby union star John Kirwan have talked openly about their depression in the past.



12 Top Tips for Good Mental Health:


1.      Keep physically active

2.      Eat well and drink alcohol in moderation

3.      Value yourself and others

4.      Talk to others about your feelings

5.      Keep in touch with friends and loved ones

6.      Care for others

7.      Get involved and make a contribution…volunteer in the community

8.      Learn a new skill

9.      Do something creative at home

10.   Take a break and go for a short walk

11.   Do not be afraid to ask for help

12.   Have a faith or belief or spirituality

Festival Fun for the West Dunbaronshire Young Carers


Y sort it has two Young Carer groups held weekly within West Dunbartonshire throughout the year.


Dumbarton/ Alexandria Young Carer group is held every Wed between 6pm-8pm at the Concord CE Centre


Clydebank Young Carer Group is held every Tues at the Y sort it Cyber Centre, between 6.30pm-8.30pm.


For further information, please contact about the Y sort it Young Carer Groups please contact

Y sort it Youth Information & Support Network as follows;


(Telephone) 0141 941 3308                (Web) www.ysortit.com


(Email) info@ysortit.com


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