STAN the van targets Ribble Valley health and homelessness

Colin Winterbottom and STAN coordinator-driver Caroline Jarvis.
Colin Winterbottom and STAN coordinator-driver Caroline Jarvis.

Health and homelessness will be showcased on STAN the Van, which will be out and about in Ribble Valley over the coming weeks.

STAN, which stands for Services To A Neighbourhood, is the popular travelling customer
services vehicle that trundles around Ribble Valley’s leafy lanes offering a host of help on everything from benefits advice and bus passes to boiler
replacement and business rates.

Operated as a joint venture between Ribble Valley, Pendle
and Rossendale borough councils plus Help Direct, STAN provides residents with information on more than 800 public services and 2,000 community organisations.

And it will showcase the issues of health and homelessness at various locations across the Ribble Valley from January 25th to February 2nd.

Ribble Valley Borough Council culture and leisure services manager Colin Winterbottom said: “The staff on STAN are knowledgeable about public services and can put residents in touch with community and voluntary groups that can offer them help and support.

“If residents are facing specific issues, or just want to explore the comprehensive information available on STAN, they are invited to hop on board, where they will be assured of a warm welcome.”

STAN is fully equipped with a copier, printer and scanner, and can access computer 
systems via satellite technology. There are private interview rooms, a hearing loop for those with hearing difficulties, and access for wheelchairs.

STAN has been supporting residents in the Ribble Valley for three years and feedback from people who have used the mobile service shows a satisfaction rate of 98%.

Dates and venues where STAN will be appearing over the coming weeks include: January 29th – Simonstone and Read; 30th – Longridge Civic Hall; 31st – Hurst Green and Ribchester; February 3rd – Whalley Arms Car Park; 4th – Clitheroe Market; 19th – Mellor Spar; 20th – Longridge Civic Hall; 21st – Sabden; 24th – Whalley Arms Car Park; 25th – Clitheroe Market.

l For further details or to book STAN for your village or event, phone 0303 333 1111.