Hand i Pocket – sensory pockets for those with dementia

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.

Scottish Older People’s Assembly (Oban regional event)

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.

VE/VJ day celebrations in Islay

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.

Circular walking route boardwalk link in Tabert Castle grounds


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.

Mid Argyll Christmas Lunch Gathering

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.”

New beginnings for former Rockfield School in Oban

June 2015

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.

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF)

October 2015

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.

Helensburgh and Lomond Cancer Support Group


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.

Family summer activities in Kintyre by Women’s Aid


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.