Following on the success from our “memories matter” project we used the legacy from materials gathered heritage map from older members of the community to establish a “family friendly” map which identifies “free” supervised play opportunities around the town of Oban.
13th Novemeber 2015
A total of 69 people attended the Scottish Older People’s Assembly regional event in the Corran Halls, Oban on the 13th November. 44 of these were community members – delegates attended from across the Oban, Lorn and the Isles area, including Mull, Coll and Tiree, although the high winds did reduce the numbers able to make it with call-offs from the far end of Mull, Islay and Kerrera.
Our aim was to provide easier access to our specialist support services for people dealing with complex issues around addictions, poor mental health and homelessness as we recognise the crossover between these issues and sexual trauma. We had an average of 9-10 people for each session, sometimes as many as 12-13 which made for lively discussion and a good level of positive energy in the room.
Fitness and laughter club continued to meet on a Monday afternoon throughout the year. Provided social contact for individuals isolated due to physical and/or mental health needs.
The aim of the project was to bring the Colonsay & Oransay community, particularly those most vulnerable to isolation, together over the quiet winter months to celebrate the islands’ heritage. Generous grants of £1,000 from both the NHS Health & Wellbeing Fund and Calmac allowed this project to happen and provided a space for our most isolated locals to share skills, conversation (and some delicious baking) while celebrating shared heritage and beautiful surroundings.
Following community purchase of former Rockfield School by Oban Communities Trust a small group of volunteers began the tidy up of the garden site.
June 2015 – Work continued on site over summer with small tubs installed, small area planted and an open area for use for picnic site with benches and seating purchased.
We set out to organise and run a series of events during the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF), to promote positive mental health and wellbeing and reduce isolation amongst carers from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Argyll. We estimated that 40 people attended the storytelling event; over 500 people saw our exhibition and 50 carers and their families attended the wellbeing day.