We have an office desk available, free to a good home!
The desk was used by staff in our Recording Area which is currently being re-purposed. As such, the office desk is no longer needed. We also have a set of drawers (no key) available too if needed.
There are a few, small age related marks but these would be perfect for a home office or study area. We are offering them for free (collection only) before they are sadly taken away to the dump next week.
It seems a shame to have to do that to furniture that might still have a use or benefit someone.
If you or someone you know would be interested in taking either the office desk or drawers, please contact the Centre on 01324 590 888 or email us!
After the rest of the world moved on several years ago, we are delighted to announce that we are now able to take card payments in our cafe!
We are using a SumUp card payment machine linked to an Apple iPad. This means we can now accept all forms of card payments, including chip and pin. You can even use your phone for contactless payments if you wish.
Cafe Supervisor, Carol Dawson said:
“The Cafe has become increasingly busy over the last twelve months, which is great to see. Clearly our reputation for a warm welcome and good food at a good price is getting around!
“However, we’ve never before been able to take card payments. This has put off some people who have just ‘popped in’ and quite rightly, expected to be able to use a card like they do everywhere else. It is great that we have resolved that situation and look forward to welcoming even more people to the Cafe!”
Cafe Tiki at Forth Valley Sensory Centre is open 8:45am to 4pm each day. The Cafe is amongst a select number in the Falkirk area to have been awarded Healthy Living status. The Cafe serves homemade soup, cakes and a daily special, typically priced between £3.50 and £4 and made fresh each day. It is open to the public so feel free to drop in for a bacon roll, a coffee or lunch!
Forth Valley Sensory Centre raised an amazing £2000 with the annual Winter Fair 2018. Funds were raised on the day and as part of the well supported raffle which included some great prizes.
The event was supported by a number of local business and stall holders. There were gifts for all ages and budgets. Other charities and third sector organisations were also present with both Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf who came along to raise funds and let people know about their important work.
Tesco in Camelon made sure that Santa had plenty of selection boxes for younger visitors to take away and there were other activities including a treasure trail, face painting and slime making too.
The halls were packed with stalls from local companies and entrepreneurs including; Your Wellness In Mind – Aloe Vera Products, Zoey Bows, Grace Chocolates, Bowls N’ Bags, Partylite, Silent Sparkles and The Wee Kitchen Company. Alongside these were festive favourites; Tombola, Home Baking, Handmade Knitted Goods and Christmas decorations. There were also Henna Tattoos from Rhiannon and beauty treatments from Fiona Rae on offer.
All the stall holders donated prizes to an overflowing raffle. Top prize was a pleasure flight with Tayside Aviation with runners up receiving fantastic hampers courtesy of Solicitors For Older People Scotland and Slimming world Camelon. A family pass for swimming and soft play at The Mariner Centre Camelon was also up for grabs.
Centre Manager, Jacquie Winning, commented:
“A huge thanks to everyone who came along to the Winter Fair 2018, held a stall, donated a prize or volunteered their time to make the event happen. This is a great chance for us to show the local community what we do and what a great place this is to visit, not just for people with sight or hearing loss but also their friends, families and the wider public.”
Over 30 volunteers were on hand at the Winter Fair 2018 to help in the Café, look after stalls, sell raffle tickets or provide assistance to visitors, including Santa and his Elves. A special Hamper Raffle, organised by Centre User, Nan Hamilton and containing food items donated by Centre Staff and the local community, raised £480 in the run up to the event.
For more information on Forth Valley Sensory Centre, our future fundraising events or just more information on what we do and how we can support people with sensory loss, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Search for @FVSensoryCentre
The last Braveheart Walk of 2018 is this Friday, 14th December. But! Do not despair! The first walk of 2019 will be on the 11th of January.
Since becomming weekly, the Braveheart Walks have been very popular. Even with inclement weather, we have always had plenty of people wanting to get out and take a stroll around the area.
For those who haven’t been on a Braveheart Walk before, this is a planned, guided walk around different local routes, led by the team from Braveheart, a local partnership between charity Paths For All and NHS Forth Valley.All walks from Forth Valley Sensory Centre leave at 11:30am so arrive dressed for the weather at 11:15am!
The plan was to encourage over 55’s to get out and be more active, whilst also making new friends and enjoying a social occasion. It is no surprise that all Braveheart Walks start and end at a Cafe!
We have been hosting walks for around a year now, first sporadic, then monthly and due to demand, weekly. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome to join in too so Rover can also get his exercise.
Sighted guides are available for those who need them and we have a number of Ramble Tag guidance aids for people to try too. The Ramble Tag is a great wee invention by Tom Forsyth and Laura Maclean to help blind people when out walking or taking part in sports like running.
If you cannot make it along on Friday, do not worry! Braveheart will be back walking in the New Year to help you shift any festive excess. The first walk will be 11th January, 11:30am with weekly walks again thereafter.
We hope to see you soon! If you are interested in this or any of our other activities, see our What’s On pages for more information.
The Forth Valley Sensory Centre choir, also known as the ‘Sensory Singers’ raised an amazing £295 and fifteen pence with a performance at Tesco on Graham’s Road (Falkirk Retail Park) on 3rd December.
The fundraiser is one of two annual events planned, the next takes place at Asda in Falkirk Town Centre on 17th December, singing starts at 11am!
You can hear a live recording of the Tesco singing below but once again, shoppers were amazed by the high quality and loved giving the Guide Dogs a wee clap too!
Fundraising Manager, Martin Allen said:
“These are always great events. It puts you in the festive spirit and we even had one person asking if it was a tape they were that good. As always we are grateful to Elaine and her team at Tescon for accomodating us and getting into the spirit by coming along to listen and see the performance.
“We also need to thank our choir members and leader Catriona, for giving up their time to help us raise such a great amount and the public who gave so generously.”
The Sensory Singers meet fortnightly on Monday. The group is open to anyone who enjoys singing traditional and popular songs. There are no auditions, a desire to join in and have fun is all that is required!
The performance closely followed this year’s Winter Fair which was another success. The Raffle is open until the 17th December when our Sensory Singers will draw the winners during their Christmas lunch at the Centre, following their performance at Asda earlier in the day.
There are some amazing prizes courtesy of Tayside Aviation, Solicitors For Older People Scotland, Slimming World Camelon, The Mariner Centre and all our Winter Fair stall holders! Tickets £1 per strip or 6 for £5. Bargain!