Five Bullet Friday (March 1, 2019)

5 Bullet Fridays
Last updated on May 29, 2019

Catch up over a cups of tea

We have been busy out and about meeting up with people living with dementia who participated in and informed our project. Over a cup of tea we are hearing more and more about what is important to people. Over the coming weeks Ill make contact with more of our volunteer community researchers. We will set up more visits and conversations with participants. We will explore the ideas people have for the different neighbourhoods of interest we identified. We hope to include how this develops in these updates. I will try to share case studies and anonymised quotes and how the different communities are developing clusters of support, identifying what’s important to them and trying out new ideas. We will continue to avoid duplication or replicating what exists. We will continue to collaborate with partners, strengthen networks and sign post people to existing services.

Our Connected Neighbourhoods Thank You Tea Party

We will be having a thank you tea party. All welcome but please confirm attendance so we have numbers for catering. Invites will be going out in the next few weeks. Please pencil in the date. It will be a chance to catch up with our participants, meet new people and update people on how our work has been going. We will be serving sandwiches, cakes with tea and coffee.

The details are:

Tuesday 26 March
11am – 12:30pm
Bellfield Centre
Stirling Community Hospital

The Bellfield Centre is part of the new Stirling Health and Care Village. The Bellfield Centre provides short-term inpatient care, assessment or rehabilitation for people who require additional support following an operation or illness, including stroke. The space also includes retail and meeting units. These will house the third sector hub with plans to develop a social enterprise café, retail units including a hairdressers and provide a base where third sector organisations can connect and collaborate with other staff and residents. OCN are very excited to be a part of it.

Neighbourhood Watch

We have heard a number of reports of local people falling foul of criminals. If you, someone you care for or someone you know are an adult who is being harmed or neglected and unable to protect yourself for any reason you can contact social services on:

Daytime: 01259 727010.
Night or Weekends: 01786 470500.

Or call emergency services on 999.

See this link for more information

Also Neighbourhood Watch Scotland (Flyer attached) are encouraging organisations and individuals to sign up for risk alerts in your area. You can choose to be alerted by e mail or text. Can I ask if anyone signs up could you please provide our digital lead Alastair Cox feedback and we can let Neighbourhood Watch know how well the website is functioning in regards to accessibility. I have also attached a flyer with information.

Link to register for alerts:

You can also request a TrueCall system from Stirling Council to protect against nuisance and fraudulent phone calls.

For more information follow this link

You can also contact Brian Wilson on:

An update from OCN Evaluation Support Nereide Alhena Curreri

Thank you all for the warm welcome, and a special thank you to all of the Volunteers and Partners that I have bombarded with emails and polls. As a gerontologist, and a PhD Candidate in Dementia Studies, I am honoured to work on this project. My PhD research explores integrated care and neighbourhoods hold an important role in social care and for access to care within integrated care. I am also Research and Development Lead of the Emerging Researchers of Integrated Care (ERIC), a sub group of the International Foundation of Integrated Care. My first few weeks on the project have been focused on setting up various steps of the evaluation process. These are the interviews, focus groups, analysis days and surveys. We sincerely hope that many Volunteers and Partners will participate despite everyone’s busy schedules. We need your views and ideas to understand what works and what doesn’t. So your participation is fundamental!

Artlink Central - Meet Your Maker - FREE creative session in the historic Stirling Castle

Please join Jewellery artists Laura Murray and Stefanie Cheong as well as Mixed Media Artist David Powell for a block of nine workshops. Learn new skills and create artwork inspired by the castle and its rich history.

To find out more information and to book a space on a block of workshops contact:
Jessica Cochrane –
Telephone (01786) 431333