Links Website of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy providing information on suicide prevention and support after a death by suicide. The Dochas Centre is in Lochgilphead, Argyll and was founded in 1998 by John Paterson after John was diagnosed with both Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Motor Neurone Disease (MND). He was an artist and psychiatric nurse. John’s vision was to bring hope to others living with these incurable conditions by using the sale of reproductions of his art to support care and research. Since John’s death in 1998 his wife, Catherine Paterson, has carried on his work. The Dochas Fund became a registered charity in February 2000. The Walking Theatre Company creates interactive innovative outdoor theatre, in forest, woodland, garden or urban path scape:  We create high quality professional ‘walking’ theatre, though our own established methodology and brand: Through our work we celebrate and promote diverse landscapes, cultural heritage, the environment and healthy living. We make theatre about you and bring it to you. So come and join the fun! This is the web portal for the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector of Argyll and Bute. The Centre was established in February 2006 to provide a dedicated support service for survivors of rape and sexual abuse in the Argyll & Bute area. The main aim of the Community Planning Partnership is to deliver the outcomes within the Single outcome agreement (SOA). The purpose of the SOA is to detail strategic or high level priorities, identify the outcomes which will be delivered by the partners either individually or jointly, and show how those outcomes will contribute to one or more of the Scottish Government national outcomes The website for Argyll and Bute Council The website for Police Scotland The website for the Scottish Fire Service ALIenergy is a regional agency that promotes better use of energy resources throughout Argyll, Lomond and the Islands. We help communities to benefit from improved energy education and energy efficiency, we tackle fuel poverty and we encourage and promote the development of appropriate renewable energy sources that the area has in abundance, for the benefit of communities within Argyll. ALIenergy is an Argyll based organisation but we also work elsewhere in the UK and EU. ; An online guide for young people and adults to a happier and healthier sex life, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and where to get information and support in Argyll and Bute.;

The ALLIANCE is the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organizations, small voluntary groups and individuals with three core aims:

  • Ensure people are at the centre, that their voices, expertise and rights drive policy and sit at the heart of design, delivery and improvement of support and services.
  • Support transformational change, towards approaches that work with individual and community assets, helping people to stay well, supporting human rights, self management, co-production and independent living.
  • Champion and support the third sector as a vital strategic and delivery partner and foster better cross-sector understanding and partnership.

Self management puts people living with long term conditions in ‘the driving seat’.  It supports and encourages people to access information and to develop skills that will enable them to live their lives on their terms.

Self management is not a replacement for services and it does not mean having to manage alone without support. It is not an individual action, specific treatment or service.  It has to be tailored to each person’s needs, circumstances and wishes. It supports people to live full lives while dealing with the reality of living with a long term condition.  For local activity, follow our news link.