The Driving Force takes anyone who has cancer and is registered with a GP in Bonnybridge, Denny or Banknock to hospital appointments for FREE.
Many thanks to Sainsburys in Denny for letting us collect at their Denny store on Saturday 2nd December. Snow was thick on the ground and it was distinctly chilly but the people were still very generous. We also got to chat to lots of people and tell them all about the services we provide and ask them to tell their friends and anyone they knew who might want to travel with us or use our free hairdressing, nail cutting, manicure or relaxation therapies. Please keep spreading the word that we're here to help and our with local people living with cancer every step of the way.
The Driving Force are running a mindfulness course on Mondays from 10.30-12.30 for 6 weeks from 30th October to 4th December inclusive. (on 6th November it will be from 1.30-3.30)
It is for people living with cancer and for their family members. If your relative has cancer but doesn’t wish to attend you can come along without them. It helps people deal with stress, from any cause, and helps you sleep better and feel better in yourself. You don’t need to discuss your own problems unless you wish to.
It will take place at Larbert library and transport from our drivers is available if you need it.
The courses have received very good reviews from the people who have attended them.
"The handouts and CD fantastic. Personally found motivation practice helpful to disengage me from emotionally upsetting places being mindful and fully connected to the present."
"I found the camaraderie of the group helpful in that we are all experiencing similar circumstances."
"Everyone I met/talked to all had one thing in common and that we are all stressed and worried but you can’t change the past but definitely you can the future."
"I would definitely recommend the course to others. Training your mind to think positively and ‘be in the moment’ gives a sense of calm."
If you would like to attend or would like more information leave your name and number with your GP reception and our coordinator will call you back or use the book a drive button on our website www.bdthedrivingforce.org.uk
The Driving Force runs local, regular, free mindfulness courses for anyone who has, or has had, cancer and their partners and family members. Transport is provided if necessary. The sessions help people deal with stress, sleep better and make it easier to cope with everything going on in their lives.
Here are a few comments from people who came to the most recent course.
'I found the camaraderie of the group helpful in that we are all experiencing similar circumstances.'
'I was shown how to relax and taking time out for me. The breathing is a powerful tool. The sessions have been invaluable for me and my recovery.'
'I’ve been using it a lot lately and WOW!! You can do this anytime you feel nervous or overwhelmed with life.'
'I would definitely recommend the course to others. Training your mind to think positively and ‘be in the moment’ gives a sense of calm.'
'Everyone I met/talked to all had one thing in common and that we are all stressed and worried. From the course I took away you can’t change the past but definitely you can the future.'
If you are interested in attending our next course please use the contact us button on the website or leave your name and contact details, for The driving Force co-ordinator, with your Bonnybridge or Denny GP reception.
We all miss Gill Tonge who died in March after a short illness. Gill was passionately committed to The Driving Force. She volunteered as a co-ordinator and then developed into the organiser of the co-ordinator rota and co-ordinator trainer. She helped improve the way we work and gave the committee lots of support. She was always enthusiastic and smiling and ready to take on extra jobs even when she was very busy at home and work. Gill’s family and friends donated the amazing sum of £550 from her funeral collection and more donations are still coming in; a fantastic tribute to this unique lady. We all wish to give our deeply felt condolences to Gill’s family.
The Driving Force are running another of their very successful mindfulness courses. The course is free and is for anyone living with cancer and their family and carers. It will take place at Denny library on Thursday mornings from 20th April-1st June (missing out 11th May) from 10.30 until 12. Our previous courses have been a great help to those to attended. They help to deal with the stress that cancer can cause, improve sleep and make it easier to relax. If you would like more information or to take part please leave your name and phone number with your Bonnybridge or Denny GP receptionist.
Many thanks to the Flower of the Forth Lodge of Freegardeners who gave us an amazingly generous donation of £500. The picture shows Bridget McCalister receiving the cheque from one of our drivers, Stewart Jeffray and Brian Wright who are both members of the lodge.
Many thanks to everyone who organised, helped at, baked for and attended the fantastic coffee morning. Thanks also to St Helen's for once again letting us use their superb facilities and beautiful china.
We raised an incredible £1,400. It was really lovely to see people face to face and chat, and judging by the noise level everyone who came had a good blether. The baking was it's usual incredible standard. Nothing was wasted as the left over baking, tea and coffee etc were all gratefully received by the local foodbank, Roots. We really appreciate all the support we get locally.
Many thanks to Allandale Bowling Club for an amazing donation of £2000. The club organised a number of events and raffles and visiting clubs and individual members also made generous donations. They also let us use the club to hold our committee meetings now we can meet face to face again.
Many thanks to the members of Bonnybridge Bowling Club who have donated the amazing total of £1662.00 which they raised on the day of the Peter Shaw Trophy match. Over the years the trophy days have raised the incredible total of £25283.00 for charity. We know how much hard work and organisation it takes to do this and are very grateful for all the donations we have received from the club.
The Driving Force is still driving during the pandemic for people who do not have someone who can take them to their appointment. We are following all the recommendations given us by Public Health to keep our passengers and drivers as safe as possible. People wear appropriate PPE, vehicles are cleaned and there is a screen between the front and the back of each car. Due to social distancing we can only take one passenger. We are also taking people living with cancer to their flu vaccinations either at Falkirk town hall or in Denny. If you would like to use our services please telephone your GP reception desk and leave your name and number and a coordinator will get in touch with you.
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