Feel Good for free with Seniors Together

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Feel Good for Free - Seniors Together


Benefits Sanction Training

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Benefits Sanction Training


Older People's Fun Day

Saturday, November 15, 2014 By: Iain | Tagged: |

Older People's Fun Day

Mindful Living - 3rd Nov 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Mindful Living - 3 Nov 2014

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Alzheimer Scotland - Support Workers Recruitment Open Night

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

Alzheimer Scotland - Support Workers Recruitment Open Night


The Drop-in cafe: Chat-Connect-Cuppa

Friday, October 31, 2014 By: Iain | Tagged: , , |



Wednesday, October 29, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |

See Me relaunch

The See Me programme was re-launched at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow yesterday, urging people to take action against mental health stigma and discrimination in all walks of life including at work, education and healthcare. Lanarkshire Recovery Network proudly supports the See Me vision and Lanarkshire was well represented at the launch which included performances from SoundSational, Theatre Nemo and the Lanarkshire African Association for Mental Health. 

Judith Robertson, See Me programme director, said: "We are launching a campaign which signals the end of a culture in Scotland that actively discriminates against people with mental health problems, stigmatising them and their families".

View the new See Me video:

"The See Me Movement for Change is for all of us who are passionate about ending mental health stigma and discrimination.  It's led by those with lived experience of discrimination and those who care about injustice and equal rights in society.  The movement brings together people from all over Scotland and beyond.  Together we will change discrimination at its roots.  Out united and powerful voice will change negative behaviour towards those with mental health problems.  We simply want understanding and equality so that people who experience poor mental health have the same opportunities as others to lead a fulfilled life."

Visit www.seemescotland.org and find out how you can take action against mental health discrimination.


Your Virtual Garden: A pathway from virtual to real connections.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

'Your Virtual Garden' is an innovative partnership project from NHS Lanarkshire, the University of the West of Scotland, The Church of Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland. The idea was presented in a 'Dragon's Den' Competition in June of this year at the Alzheimer Scotland annual conference and the team won £15,000 to make the idea a reality.

The aim is to use tablet technology to connect the person with dementia at home to the Flourishing Friends Garden Project and start the journey from a virtual garden to the real life garden site. This is one way to help people living with a diagnosis of dementia engage in community activities and help them stay connected. The person with dementia will be supported by family carers and project team members to engage virtually in real time with the garden team. They will begin a pathway from the virtual garden to visiting and connecting with the garden and the people who are working there.

This project is intended to provide a pathway and connection between the person with dementia who is at home and the Flourishing Friends community garden project in Rutherglen. The aim is to encourage the person to stay connected with the community using technology in the form of tablets to provide the person at home with a virtual link to the garden project.  This will allow the person to be involved in the planning and on-going planting and growing activities in the garden using both images of the garden and real time engagement. 

The use of gardens as an intervention is not a new one and there is research to suggest some of the positive benefits this approach may bring. This may include improved sleep, thinking and physical health and wellbeing. It can reduce falls, agitation and reduce the amount of medication the person may need.  Most of the vitamin D needed by the body comes from sunlight and the link has been demonstrated between reduced cognitive function, risk of falls and low levels of vitamin D. The increased mobility and movement that the garden requires can improve cardiovascular health, maintain muscle strength and improve appetite and sleep. Incorporating the person's specific interests will help them use well-practised skills and increase their confidence and the natural environment provides powerful experiences for the person with dementia. An environment that allows the person to be in the natural world creates valuable connections and can result in an increased interaction with caregivers.

The benefits of the garden as an intervention can't be denied, however, this project breaks new ground (in more ways than one) in using the tablet technology to provide a pathway from home to the garden. Technology, including tablets, has been used by a number of projects to engage the person with dementia but these have been used to provide activity or to connect with the person's family and friends. This project is the first to use these as a pathway to becoming connected with the community.

The team is currently working with people who have dementia, student nurses, community volunteer groups and mental health staff to clear the garden and design the layout. All aspects of the garden design, planning, planting and growing will use the skills of people who have dementia, either at the garden site or in their own home using the tablet technology.

A short film that explains the project is available on:




If you'd like to find out more about the project contact:

Fergus Maitland, Community Mental Health Team for Older People Rutherglen/ Cambuslang


Tracey Condie, Advanced Nurse Practitioner Mental Health


Margaret Brown, University of the West of Scotland



Well-informed will host a workshop - Neighbourhood Networks

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Neighbourhood Networks


Reeltime Music and The Soundminds Steering Group

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |

Reeltime Music and the Soundminds Steering Group is proud to present this year's Soundminds event as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.  As this year's festival theme is Power, the group went on a journey to discover who holds the power to affect change towards the stigma attached to mental health; speaking to young people, musicians, members of the general public as well as a range of people who have been affected by mental health issues.

View the video on Youtube: http://youtu.be/5l70RRevtlo?list=UUm-wINdqURBiaiY166pFBWw

Thanks to SMHAFF, the Lanarkshire team, See Me Scotland, Motherwell Shopping Centre and everyone else who have helped us for giving us the chance to bring together lots of different groups from a whole range of backgrounds, for more about our event and to see pictures from the day you can find them at www.facebook.com/soundmindsofficial


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