Invercarron Meeting Postponed After Technical Hitch

By bellmannews / July 20, 2021
shot of the resource centre and its large bay window area

TONIGHT’S emergency meeting organised by Stonehaven and District Community Council was unable to proceed after difficulties experienced accessing the meeting.

The meeting will now take place next Tuesday evening, with members of Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership confirming they are able to attend.

Briefing note gives reasons for choice as vaccine clinic

Before Covid-19 struck, the users of the Invercarron were: Stroke Club, Macmillan Gentle movement class, Visual Impairment Group, Carers Support, Carron Club Day Care, Lunch Social Club, Alzheimer’s Scotland Day Care, Alzheimer’s Yoga, Weekend Respite, Coastal Health Carers Support, Arthritis Care Stonehaven, Samson Art, Stonehaven Art Club, Floral Art Club, Yoga, Craft Group, board games, friendly teas, Music and Movement, Bridge Club, gentle exercise class, Knitting group and our Talking Newspaper. There was also occasional use by our Community Council, Horizon, Fireballs, and other local groups.

A briefing note issued by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership gives an insight into their decision to use the Invercarron Resource Centre for the Elderly as a vaccine clinic.

It states: ”Earlier this year we informed users of the Invercarron Resource Centre that the use of the facility was to be reviewed. However, since then the building has been selected as the preferred site for a long term vaccination centre following a thorough examination of all available sites in and around Stonehaven.

“We have carried out assessments and surveys at a number of buildings, including some industrial units, and have had to discount some immediately due to the impact it would have on the town or the suitability of the building itself.

“For example, we have dismissed returning to the Leisure Centre as it is fully utilised and provides a full range of services for the community which cannot be facilitated elsewhere. Likewise the Town Hall and the Community Centre have been assessed and dismissed for a variety of reasons. We have also looked at the Forestview Centre, however, it is unavailable as we are due to begin work to install the public dental service there shortly. We have also investigated the use of council owned industrial units and mobile units. Due to the ever present constraint on the public purse we are not in a position to build or buy a building and must make use of one that is already in public ownership.

“The AHSCP will soon be responsible for delivering all immunisations to all age groups and as a result require a more long-term base to be able to efficiently deliver vaccinations across Aberdeenshire. And whilst we do not underestimate the impact of making Invercarron Resource Centre a long-term vaccination centre may have on some of the current users, we do hope that securing a vaccination centre for Stonehaven will be seen as a positive step for the town. Given the relatively good supply of available meeting spaces in Stonehaven we are confident that we will be able to support all of the current Invercarron user groups to find suitable accommodation within the town.”