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.
24th October 2015,
On Saturday 24 October 2015, Tiree Tapestry Group, in conjunction with Tiree Tech Wave, hosted a community Funshop on Tiree to make some sensory textiles for people with mid to late stage dementia. The Funshop was lead by Prof Cathy Treadaway, Dr Kereine Canavan and Dr Helen Watkins from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Dr Wendy Moncur from the University of Dundee. Sue Pagan, from Alzheimer Scotland, Oban, was our Dementia Advisor. We made some sensory pockets to give to people with late stage dementia.
Money received from the Kintyre Health & Wellbeing Network to attend training on Birthlight Baby Yoga with plan to carry out sessions to mum and their infants who are between the age of 3-12 months. Group sessions have been carried out as part of the training and are near completion.
October 15th 2015
The project funded a one off event for senior citizens on Islay and Jura, celebrating VE/VJ day. The event was held in Bruichladdich hall which was decorated in red white and blue, with displays of artefacts, posters and film footage of the war years promoting lively discussion and memories. 48 people attended and were treated to a sumptuous three course meal, with a complementary dram of Bowmore malt.
Monday 25th April 2016
This funding enables us to roll out a programme of Branching Out Argyll activities across the whole area and we anticipate running 1 or 2 programmes in Cowal each year for the next 3 years. It also enables us to focus on developing an appropriate monitoring system for the programmes to monitor health benefits and outcomes from the programmes.
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.
The project construction provided volunteering opportunity for about 15 learning woodworking skills under supervision of an Architect and Historic Scotland. The completed linking boardwalk will provide an access path which can be used by walkers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the castle grounds and the community woodland in a circular route.
25th December 2015
A small group of volunteers again made Christmas Day special for more than 40 people who might otherwise have been alone. For the second year running, the Mid Argyll Community Gathering came together to put on a Christmas Lunch in Lochgilphead Parish Church.
Lynda Syed, of Argyll Third Sector Interface (Argyll TSI) said, “Although only a few of the volunteers had worked on the day last year, the group did a fantastic job. We all wanted to make sure that, as far as possible, no-one in mid Argyll had to be alone on Christmas Day, or go without a Christmas Lunch, and plenty of people took the opportunity to come and join us and make the occasion special.”
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.