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Stan the Van Showcase for Health and Homelessness

Published Friday, 10 January 2014

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 replacements and business rates.

STAN, a joint venture between Ribble Valley, Pendle and Rossendale Borough Councils, and Help Direct, provides residents with information on over 800 public services and 2,000 community organisations.

And it will showcase sexual health in Clitheroe on 14 January and homelessness at various locations from 25 January to 2 February.

Ribble Valley Borough Council's 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 and access for wheelchairs.

STAN has been supporting residents in the Ribble Valley for three years and feedback shows a satisfaction rate of 98 per cent.

Dates include: 13 January - Whalley Arms Car Park, 14 - Clitheroe Market, 29 - Simonstone and Read, 30 - Longridge Civic Hall, 31 - Hurst Green and Ribchester, 3 February - Whalley Arms Car Park, 4 - Clitheroe Market, 19 - Mellor Spar, 20 - Longridge Civic Hall, 21 - Sabden, 24 - Whalley Arms Car Park, 25 - Clitheroe Market.

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

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