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.
We started in August 2013 with the aim of providing a safe, secure and confidential environment for people with cancer.
We try and alternate meetings, one with a theme e.g. speaker, and one an open meeting enabling members to talk and share.
Women try their best to make their children feel settled in what can be such a worrying time, for them all, and unfortunately with children and young people there is always something or someone who comes and needs money for school trips, after school activities, summer activities etc, so therefore we are able to provide some help to those families, because of this funding.
We set out to raise awareness of the help available from Kintyre Food Bank across rural Kintyre. We also wanted to produce a recipe booklet using ingredients provided in food parcels.
September 2015 to March 2016
We provided a total of 140 hours of therapeutic counselling to 8 families of children with disabilities over the six month period from September 2015 until March 2016. Our confidential service is unique on Bute, and is provided by an experienced Clinical Child Psychologist. The work undertaken included post-diagnosis counselling, help with understanding multiple aspects of a child’s disability, helping siblings understanding and helping families to deal with traumatic incidents and challenging behaviour.
We set out to provide a healthy breakfast for learners using the workshop Café , an employability café for people claiming benefits and folk looking for work.
On average the Workshop Café sees 20+ people a week on a Thursday morning in Lochgilphead Community centre.
8th October 2015
On Thursday 8th October 2015 a group of children came over from Coll to join children from Tiree High School for a presentation and motivational talk from Calum Nicol, The Team 15 (Junior windsurfing program) development coach from RYA Scotland.