A room with a view to making you feel better

The Haven staff, Forth
The Haven staff, Forth

The Haven in Forth, a registered charity which provides support to people affected by a range of life-limiting illnesses and to their family members and carers, has launched a brand new programme of activities.

The Haven supports people affected by illness such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and dementia and offers a programme of support designed to help individuals cope with the physical, emotional and practical aspects of their illness.

Said a spokeswoman: “The charity provides support for people at all stages from the point of diagnosis onwards.

“The Haven operates as a drop-in centre with no need for medical referral and all services are provided free of charge.

“This new programme of activities is open to anyone in the Clydesdale area who has been affected by a life-limiting illness.

“The programme will include taster sessions of complementary therapies such as reflexology, massages, reiki and aromatherapy, a relaxation group, a walking group, information sessions on volunteering opportunities as well as offering a creative space to relax and unwind.“

Louise Gardner, service development co-ordinator at The Haven said: “There are sessions and activities to suit everyone; a range of complementary therapies will be offered which may help to reduce anxiety and stress as well as enhancing wellbeing and improving the quality of life.

“Our Lifting Your Spirits relaxation group is time just for you to relax and breathe and will introduce you to practical tools of self-help which will help to enhance your sense of well-being, the Active Steps Walking Group allows you to enjoy the fresh air, gentle exercise and good chat in the beautiful surroundings.

“Finally we have our Creative Break Space which allows you to take time out for yourself to relax and unwind in our peaceful Haven lounge and to enjoy and experience the wonderful views of Tinto,” she added.