Angela Constance MSP and Christina McKelvie MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Equalities & Older People visited Braid House Health and Well-being in Howden. They were given a guided tour of the building by senior manager Linda McArthur learning about the range of services and resources on offer to people over 65 and other community groups.
The centre has a long history in Livingston and has evolved over the years to provide more choice to service users offering more person-centred care and support.
During the pandemic they provided an invaluable outreach service ensuring older people remained connected and offered practical support and assistance.
The centre is now fully operationally and has been refurbished and redecorated and overs a wide range of activities and support with some of the most up to date technology and innovation.
After the visit Angela Constance MSP said “Braid Health and Wellbeing are a fantastic local service that supports older citizens to live their best life.
There are lots of opportunities and choices of activities that promote good physical and mental health and reduce loneliness and isolation.
It’s certainly a service that could support more people and I would encourage anyone involved in looking after a loved one or anyone who works in health and social care to find out more about what Braid Health and Wellbeing can offer.
My heartfelt thanks to Lynda and her staff for all that they do day in day our and to the Minister for taking the time to visit and I know she was very impressed with what she saw.”
Ray Baird, CEO of Braid House Health and Wellbeing “Day centres can be seen as a little outdated in terms of the care and support they provide but Braid Health and Wellbeing is a forward-thinking service which has been recognised nationally as being at the forefront for delivering personalised, client centred services to an underrepresented group of the population. Referrals can be made through social work departments, or you can self-refer to the centre directly.
Unit 4, Ochil House, Beveridge Square, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6QF