Mull and Iona, Tiree, Coll and Colonsay

Mull and Iona, Tiree, Coll and Colonsay

Something New – Living Well Zoom Sessions.

Christmas Zoom on 11th December 2020 at 2pm is going to be a fun Networking event for Mainland based Network Members.  We can all share information about projects that we are involved in and possible future projects that support the Island communities. There will be a wee Christmas twist included.  To book a place contact Carol on the e-mail address below.

Our next Islands Living Well Zoom sessions will be in the New year.                                                     Zoom 3 will be at 2pm on Monday 25th January 2021.                                                                             Zoom 4 will be at 2pm on Monday 22nd February 2021.                                                                         Zoom 5 will be at 2pm on Monday 22nd March 2021.                                                                    At each zoom session, we will have 3 mainland guests attending to tell us about the support they can provide for people living on the Islands.  Islanders will then have the chance to ask questions.   More details to follow as soon as guest speakers are confirmed.

Our second Islands Living Well Zoom Session, Zoom 2 was on Monday 23rd November 2020 at 2pm.  Three mainland based organisations attended and shared information with the Islanders. Peter from the Oban Hospice Dove Centre described the Oban Hospice Dove Centre’s services as they were up till March 2020, telling us what they have been doing differently during the Covid-19 pandemic and looking ahead to the time when we can get back to ‘normal’ or ‘new normal’ and how what has been learned through the Covid-19 pandemic can be used to improve services for those on the Islands as well as rural areas around Oban.   Jo from Age Scotland told us about the new Age Scotland initiative called ‘Around the House in 80 days’.  This is designed to be carried out at home so is especially relevant now.  He also updated us on a Friendship Circles initiative, and on the Age Scotland Telephone helpline.   Chris from the MacmIllan Cancer Community Support Worker Service shared information about the support he can provide to help people prioritise their concerns and develop an action plan for tackling them.  Macmillan Cancer Support Service can help with a range of personal, practical and emotional needs both during and after treatment.  Chris can also signpost people to other colleagues and organisations that can help, from benefits advisors to counsellors and clinicians.

Our first Islands, Living Well Network Zoom Session, Zoom 1,  was on Monday 26th October 2020 at 2pm.  Three mainland based organisations attended and shared information with the Islanders.   Mairi Fleck from North Argyll Carers Centre talked about the learning and Development opportunities currently available to Carers online via Zoom.  Rachel McNicol from ALIenergy told us about how ALIenergy’s Affordable Warmth Advisors can help us understand our bills, use our heating controls efficiently and help us access funding to improve our comfort and warmth at home.   Laura MacDonald from Community Development shared information about online training courses the council are developing, including Chairing online meetings, Filling in a successful funding application and Successfully evaluating a project.  Laura will also be promoting the Supporting Communities Fund (up to £2500 per application) which opens January to March 2021.

If you would like to be put in touch with any of our Mainland Partners, please contact your Living Well Network Coordinator, Carol Flett.  E-mail below.

For information about any of the Zoom events or to attend one of them, contact your Living Well Network Coordinator, Carol Flett.  E-mail below.

Living Well Funding.   Unfortunately there is no Health and Wellbeing funding this year (2020/21).  If you are looking for funding for your group or for a new project, please contact your Health and Wellbeing Network Coordinator, Carol Flett who will be able to direct you to some funding sources.  Contact details below.

Living Well Events on the Islands.  Due to Corona virus restrictions, our Living Well events that were planned for Coll in May 2020, Tiree in June 2020 and Mull in September 2020 have been put on hold.  As soon as we are able to travel freely, new dates will be set.  In the meantime,  Carol Flett continues to network and provide links between Island communities and mainland based organisations.  To all Island populations, if there is an organisation or charity based on the mainland that you would like to be put in touch with, please let me know.  Likewise, mainland based organisations, if you would like to be put in touch with specific Island groups or would like information generally circulated, do let me know.  Contact details below.

Island support from 19 mainland organisations

24th October 2019, Health and Wellbeing went to Colonsay.  Visiting Colonsay for the day were Sara Chapman from Community Contacts who let people know how Community Contacts can advise and support them through the self Directed Support process.  Antonia Baird of Argyll and Bute Council gave people the chance to have their input into the Local Outcome Improvement Plan and had application forms and advice for anyone interested in the Supporting Communities Fund.  Carol Flett had information about how North Argyll Carers Centre can support unpaid carers.   During the morning local people took part in a circuit training class, school children did an exercise session designed for them and a group of adults took part in a falls prevention session, exercise to help with balance.   Gavin at the pantry provided delicious soup and sandwiches and we finished our visit with a ‘drop in for a cuppa’ session where we met members of the community.

9th May 2019, Health and Wellbeing Event on Tiree.  Workshop sessions included Self Advocacy by NACC,  What Age Scotland can offer older people in Scotland and Body Boosting Bingo.  Drop in sessions were run by ALIenergy and Citizens Advice Bureau.  Mainland partners who joined the Tiree community for a quiz in the evening included  Mairi from North Argyll Carers Centre,   Laura from Argyll and Bute Council Community Development,  Charlie from Age Scotland,  Rachel and Jenny from ALIenergy   Jessica and Seonaid, Specialist Diabetes Dietician and Nurse,  Colette from Social Security Scotland,  Jen from Argyll and Bute Citizens Advice Bureau and Health and Wellbeing Network Coordinator, Carol was joined by Caroline McArthur of the Health Improvement Team.

The Islands Living Well Network Coordinator,  Carol Flett, can be contacted on –