Perth & Kinross walking stick service launched

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l-r Head of Libraries Morag Kelly, Councillor Mike Williamson, Mobile Library assistant Omar Dafalla, Chris Smith and Gordon Pryde from Scottish Fire and Rescue, Councillor Peter Barrett, Perth & Kinross HSCP falls service manager Carolyn Wilson at the launch in AKLibrary Perth

A new initiative which will see mobile library staff replace worn walking stick ferrules has been launched in Perth & Kinross.

Ferrules are designed to offer stability to walking sticks, crutches and walking frames.

Culture Perth & Kinross Libraries are providing the additional services to remote and rural communities through their mobile library service.

The mobile library service already supplies hearing aid batteries to rural communities and this has proven so successful the scheme has been extended to include walking stick ferrules, datalink bottles and information on benefits and Home Safety Visits.

Funding has been provided by the Community Planning Partnership to purchase ferrules and datalink bottles, and training has already been delivered to the staff involved.  This will ensure that people in remote areas will have access to a valuable service which contributes towards their health, safety and wellbeing in the home.

 

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