Stirling Observer

Warm welcome for hub


A new ‘community hub’ offering a warm space as well as vital advice and support is set to be launched in Killin next week.

The hub is a joint effort involved key groups in the community and further afield including Killin Community Council, Killin Sports Hub and Stirling Citizens Advice Bureau.

It will provide an important accessible service for locals and those from the surroundin­g area.

The hub will launch at the Pavilion in Main Street – opposite the Killin Hotel – on Tuesday (January 10) at 1pm, with refreshmen­ts available.

The aim of the new hub is to provide wide-ranging advice to isolated and disadvanta­ged people in a rural setting via outreach surgeries and home visiting, with the advice available including help up to and including an appearance at a Social Security Tribunal.

Stirling CAB in Killin will also provide a home visiting advice service for those left housebound by virtue of social and economic isolation to help out poverty and inequality in Killin and the wider area.

The new hub will also provide a warm space with free tea, coffee and biscuits for people to drop in for a chat – while there will also be a private room for anyone to hold an online consultati­on privately or take part in a remote job interview for example. The hub’s services will include a weekly CAB general drop-in every Tuesday between 10am and 4pm, with no appointmen­t necessary and access to specialist energy advice and related support.

Start Up Stirling will attend every Thursday between 12.30pm and 2.30pm offering soup and food capacity building advice and support.

Warm Connection­s will also be present providing free and impartial advice to help support people to live in warm, healthy, affordable to run and environmen­tally conscious homes, helping residents reduce their carbon footprint as a result.

Stirling Citizens Advice Bureau CEO Craig Anderson said:“we’re delighted to be able to support our rural communitie­s and to support a Killin based service.

“It can be very difficult for people to access support services in Stirling due to transport, social or health challenges so the service will be welcomed by many in the rural area who face problems.”

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