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Neuro Central will be a base where people living with neurological conditions can get help, support and advice in a friendly, relaxed environment, so nobody has to feel alone!​​


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Physio Active Classes
Thanks to grants from Stirling Voluntary Enterprise, Stirling Council, Strathallan Strathearn Decide,  Auchterarder Common Goods Fund & Co-op Communnity Fund, Neuro Central were able to offer weekly exercise classes and one to one Physiotherapy, led by Katy Page and Ali Allanach, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist at our base in Stirling and Auchterarder. We were also able to purchase various exercise equipment, games (Boccia & Kurling) and  supportive chairs.  These sessions will commence again on Thursday May 9th until the end of June.
Stirling 12-1 pm & Auchterarder 7-8 pm

Christmas 2018

Christmas Lunch sponsored by Waitrose

As part of the annual ‘Waitrose at Christmas’ campaign, Neuro Central was selected to receive a special Christmas Lunch hosted by the store.
On Monday December 10th, members and volunteers of the Neuro Central enjoyed the occasion at our new premises, Stirling County Cricket Club. We were so pleased to see so many of our members able to attend. Members from Tayside were bused down from Auchterarder thanks to our volunteer bus driver Graham Jackson who kindly drove the Auchterader Community Bus to the venue. It was a great opportunity for all our members from across Forth Valley and Tayside to meet and get to know one another. Staff from Waitrose gave up their free time to prepare and serve the beautiful lunch to the happy diners.
We are extremely grateful for the amazing support we have received from Waitrose since we were established 2 ½ years ago.
We have received £1,325. as well as the Christmas Lunch which was a real treat for our members.  Thanks are due to all concerned and, in particular, the Waitrose customers who have chosen to support us. We would also like to thank Jon Taylor, Manager of Stirling County Cricket Club and his team for helping us settle into our new premises at SCCC and making our Christmas Lunch a success.
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Scottish Health Council


CONSULTATION: General Standards for Neurological Care and Support (draft)


Neuro Central welcomed Derek Blues, Kelly Tulloch, Karen Rankin and
Claire Llewellyn (Scottish Health Council) to our Stirling and Auchterarder sessions to enable us to engage our thoughts on the draft General Standards for Neurological Care and Support. Our members were able to give feedback on the care they received leading up to their diagnosis and present standards.  This was done in small groups, on line via survey and poster board notes. 
If you would like to submit feedback please click on the link below.
http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/C1782/
Please note the consultation closes on December 13th, 2018

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Stirling County Cricket Club



Our new venue for Stirling

It was great to see so many of our members settling into our new venue, Stirling County Cricket Club. We plan to hold 2 sessions a month at the Cricket Club from 11:00 to 1:00. As usual we will continue to run the first monday of the month and the third monday of the month. We will also have our therapists on hand offering first come first serve massage/reflexology. Information sessions will also be planned so please look for updated information on the main page. 
 

Drumming
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Auchterarder June Session
Neuro Central getting down to the beat of the drums

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Neuro Central offered an opportunity for members to try out drumming at the June Auchterarder session thanks to Auchterarder and District Community Trust and we were inspired! Drumming is a great workout for your brain. There are many reported positive effects of drumming including; reducing stress and burnout; boosting the immune system and improving mood. Research shows that the physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain actually synchronizes the left and right hemispheres.
Neuro Central members in Auchterarder learned groovy rhythms with Helen Smith-Carmichael from Big Groove and we are planning more practice sessions, thanks to The Co-op Local Funding in Auchterarder. to enable us to drum at the Auchterarder Christmas in the Community Parade on Sunday December 2nd.
Many of our members with various neurological conditions were intially unsure they could do this but, you be the judge. Check out our Neuro Central  Facebook Page and look for our posting on June 13th.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/neurocentral/permalink/1837554756554021/

Bridge of Allan members can give it a go at the October session.


 ​Bridge of Allan June 4th 2018
 Physiotherapy Exercise Fun

Neuro Central welcomed Katy Page, a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist from Neurophysio Scotland. She spoke about the role of a Neurological Physiotherapist followed by an exercise class.
​We hope to be able to offer a Neurophysio exercise class (Neuro Active) in Bridge of Allan in the autumn and Auchterarder during the summer months. This is thanks to Stirling Council, Community Grants Scheme/Community Pride Fund, Auchterarder Common Goods Fund and The Co-op Local Funding in Auchterarder.
Auchterarder April 11th 2018
An introduction by Ali Allanach on the role of a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist followed by tailored exercise stations. 
​As usual we had our therapists Moira and Scott on hand and ended the session with social chat over refreshments and cake
Auchterarder February 14 2018
In celebration of World Sound Healing Day, Morag Wylie came along to our Auchterarder session and lead us through a relaxing session of Sound Healing.
​As usual we had our therapists Moira and Hilary on hand and ended the session with social chat over refreshments and cake
Bridge of Allan First session 
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It was great to see so many attending after the holiday and some new faces too.
Many thanks to David Thomson from NHS Forth Valley who came along to give us an insight into his role as a
Generic Specialist Neurology Nurse.
 
Bridge of Allan Christmas Festivities Monday December 4th 2017
Auchterarder Christmas in the Community
Sunday December 3rd 2017,  Gingerbread decorating- many thanks for supporting us
Monday June 5th Bridge of Allan Session
Sports day with help from Graham - 
Forth Valley Disability Sport
Curling got very competitive and was enjoyed by everyone
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Monday April 3rd Bridge of Allan Session
Thanks to Irene Warnock, NHS FV Anticipatory Care Nurse for coming along to talk about the Anticipatory Care Service. If you would like more information on what this service offers please contact us.
Also thank you to our therapist Margaret Osbourne and Scott Montgomery for standing in offering Reiki. Pictured right is Scott demonstrating Reiki to Irene and also Hypnotherapy to one of our members. There was also a bit of tuition in How to Build an Easter Gingerbread House.
To end our session Scott led a Relaxation Session which was then followed by Easter treats, refreshments and lots of friendly chat.  A very enjoyable session was had by all at Neuro Central!
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​First meeting of 2017

Our first meeting on a cold but fresh winter day. We had a guest speaker from Forth Valley Disability Sport, Graham Harvey. It was a very interesting talk on local sport groups, whatever your degree of disability. Some of our members have shown interest in joining the Basketball, curling and swimming. We aslo discussed a sports day for us in the summer. As always our therapists were on hand and kept busy.​ 

Scottish Ford Day

£300 raised by NeuroCentral ladies Heather and Fiona at the Scottish Ford show.

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Northern Soul night

Falkirk Steeple Scooter Club hosted there second charity dance which was a great success. All the DJ's gave there time for free as well as the club members and wives doing the door, raffle and leg work.
It raised £600 for Neuro Central as well as some for the local MS Society.
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Coffee morning in Dunblane

These are some photos from our coffee morning at the Dunblane centre on 5 Dec last year by our own Moira McDonald and family Raised £625
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Our first meeting

Neuro Central got off to a great start with the first drop in session taking place at Bridge of Allan Parish Church, Honeyman Hall on 5 September. A relaxed atmosphere, tea, cakes, good chat, some therapies and introduction to the people behind the vision got Neuro Central off to a promising start. Early research into the need for Neuro Central was encouraging, providing evidence to back up the vision of a new centre for people who are affected by neurological conditions.

People attending from a wide range of neurological conditions were welcomed and soon found they had common experiences to share. Taster sessions from two therapists were popular, with everyone who wished to receive a therapy having the opportunity to take part. The research carried out at the session provided ideas for the future sessions, including laughter therapy and information sessions. A number of people indicated their interest in being involved in the developments of Neuro Central and a new category ‘Friends of Neuro Central’ received support.

The next session on the 3 October in the same venue is expected to be busy and hopefully will represent and even wider range of neurological conditions as word gets around. The first steps on the journey towards a centre for people with neurological conditions have been positive. To join Neuro Central on the journey, email [email protected] to indicate your interest.

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