Larbert locals get some breathing space with bench installation

Larbert locals get some breathing space with bench installation

Billy Campbell, infrastructure manager at Cala Homes (West), (left) and Tony McLaren from Breathing Space

Cala Homes (West) has unveiled another Breathing Space bench at one of its developments in Larbert.

The housebuilder has installed the new bench at Kinnaird Wynd to help boost mental health awareness amongst residents who live in the Larbert development.

Breathing Space offers a telephone service which aims to help those in Scotland who are living with anxiety and depression. The service launched the benches as part of its ‘You Matter, We Care’ campaign in 2019 which aims to encourage people to make a positive difference to others’ lives with little acts of kindness and positivity.

The new bench will be located in one of the parks, at Kinnaird Wynd, the most recent phase from Cala’s Larbert community, and will provide a quiet space for locals and residents to take some time out of their day to enjoy a quiet moment of reflection.

The bench will be inscribed with Breathing Space’s helpline which is available on evenings and 24 hours at weekends for anyone who is feeling low or struggling with stress and anxiety. The bench will read: ‘Sometimes our thoughts and feelings overwhelm us. It helps to get some Breathing space. For a positive first step if you’re feeling low call: 0800 83 85 87. Open up when you’re feeling down.’

This latest installation follows on from the installation of a bench at two other Cala Homes (West) developments, Jordanhill Park and Beatrice Meadows.

Billy Campbell, infrastructure manager at Cala Homes (West), said: “We are very happy to unveil this Breathing Space bench, a strong reminder for everyone that their mental health is just as important as physical health. Breathing Space is doing great work throughout Scotland, and we are so pleased to be supporting them.”

Tony McLaren from Breathing Space said: “The bench we have installed here is to help the spread of positivity, as well as encouraging people to reach out to those who need it most. By adding the plaque with our phone number, we hope to make more people aware of the helpline and to let them know they have somewhere to turn if they are struggling with their mental health.

“We hope the residents at our Larbert developments are able to enjoy the bench, in this serene and calm setting, and that it has a positive impact on the local community.”

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