Helping both health and homlessness in the Valley

Colin Winterbottom and STAN coordinator-driver Caroline Jarvis
Colin Winterbottom and STAN coordinator-driver Caroline Jarvis

Health and homelessness will be showcased on STAN the Van, which will be out and about in Ribble Valley over the coming weeks.

STAN, which stands for “services to a neighbourhood,” is the travelling customer services vehicle which trundles around Ribble Valley’s leafy lanes offering a host of help on everything from benefits advice and bus passes to boiler replacements and business rates.

STAN, a joint venture between Ribble Valley, Pendle and Rossendale Councils, and Help Direct, provides residents with information on more than 800 public services and 2,000 community organisations. And it will showcase sexual health in Clitheroe on January 14 and homelessness at various locations from January 25 to February 2.

Ribble Valley Council’s culture and leisure services manager, Colin Winterbottom, said: “The staff on STAN are knowledgeable about public services and can put residents in touch with community and voluntary groups which can offer them help and support.

“If residents are facing specific issues, or just want to explore the comprehensive information available on STAN, they are invited to hop on board, where they will be assured of a warm welcome.”

STAN is equipped with a copier, printer and scanner, and can access computer systems via satellite technology. There are private interview rooms, a hearing loop and access for wheelchairs.

STAN has been supporting residents in the Ribble Valley for three years and feedback shows a satisfaction rate of 98 per cent.

Dates Are: January 13 – Whalley Arms Car Park, 14 – Clitheroe Market, 29 – Simonstone and Read, 30 – Longridge Civic Hall, 31 – Hurst Green and Ribchester, February 3 – Whalley Arms Car Park, 4 – Clitheroe Market, 19 – Mellor Spar, 20 – Longridge Civic Hall, 21 – Sabden, 24 – Whalley Arms Car Park, 25 – Clitheroe Market.