Clackmannanshire THRIVE project ‘transforming lives’

Thursday 20th June 2019

Clackmannanshire parents recently took part in a special celebration event to mark the completion of a special 16-week course to increase confidence, live a healthier lifestyle and support their children’s learning and development.

Lisa, one of the participants, said: “My depression, anxiety and stress has not been easy to cope with so I was unsure what to expect when joining THRIVE. The first day I felt nervous and anxious.

“I felt extremely isolated as I don’t really have many friends due to my mental health and my confidence and self-esteem was so low thanks to my weight gain after giving birth.

“I have met some great people and hope to continue with friendships and have already started to change things in my life and work towards hitting the goals I have set myself. I would recommend anyone to attend THRIVE and am so glad I was given this amazing opportunity.”

THRIVE is a partnership between NHS Forth Valley, Clackmannanshire Council and third sector agencies.

This is a fantastic example of partnership working being able to tackle the root causes of health inequality and to support women in particular, to move into learning and employment opportunities,” says Joanne O Suilleabhain, NHS Forth Valley’s principal public health officer.

The course includes workshops to increase confidence, and knowledge of coping mechanisms for day-to-day stresses as well as advice on how to adopt a more positive lifestyle.

Course attendees were presented with certificates by Councillor Ellen Forson, leader of Clackmannanshire Council, who said: “It is humbling to hear how women are transforming their lives through engagement in the THRIVE project and I was delighted to congratulate them for successfully completing the programme.

“Ensuring that women and girls in Clackmannanshire will be confident, aspirational and achieve their full potential is a strategic priority in our Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.

We are focused on raising attainment for every child and THRIVE is a great example of what collaboration between services in our local communities can achieve.”

A further two THRIVE groups are set to be delivered later this year, including one aimed at dads, while a similar programme could  be developed for lone parents.


Pictured: Councillor Ellen Forson, leader of Clackmannanshire Council (far right) with programme participants