Scottish Borders Council, working with key partners from the Health & Social Care and Community Planning partnerships, is to trial a series of virtual What Matters Hubs for Teviot & Liddesdale residents for 12 weeks from Thursday 22 April 2021.

What Matters Hub drop-ins are currently unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with advice on health and social care services being provided through multi-agency Community Assistance Hubs accessed through the Council’s 0300 100 1800 number.

The virtual What Matters Hubs will be a way of enabling people to have a more personal conversation through a video call. They will be run using the ‘Near Me’ technology currently used by NHS and Health & Social Care staff.

They will also provide a much broader range of support than was previously available and will be supported by a number of services including adult social work and occupational therapy, welfare advice and benefits, employability support, local area coordination (mental health, learning disabilities and older adults), the wellbeing service and Third Sector organisations such as the Red Cross and Volunteer Centre Borders.

The Teviot & Liddesdale online sessions will take place every Thursday between 10am and 1pm. There is no need to book an appointment as the Hubs will operate on a drop-in basis.

People will need access to a device such as a smartphone, laptop or iPad that has a webcam, speaker and microphone and an Internet browser such as Chrome.

More information – including a video on how to use the Near Me technology and the link needed to access the online sessions each week – is available at: www.scotborders.gov.uk/whatmattershubsteviot

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