Your Invitation to a Speed Networking Event

Thursday, July 30, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Your Invitation to a Speed Networking Event 2015


Dementia: Public Engagement Events

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

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A series of public engagement events will be held at Hamilton Campus, University of the West of Scotland on 13th and 14th August. The events are all free but must be booked in advance using the links below. Book your place now!

Dementia in the Workplace & Information Sessions 

Thursday 13th August 12.30 onwards (includes lunch)

A half-day programme of mini lectures and information sessions.  This event is free but must be booked in advance at

Dementia Inaugural Lecture

Thursday 13th August 4.30-5.30 (includes refreshments) 

Visiting Professor Iva Holmerova, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic This lecture is free but must be booked in

Dementia @UWS

Friday 14th August 9.30-12.00 (includes refreshments) 

An open invitation to come and look around the dementia related teaching and learning environment at Caird Building, Hamilton Campus. Visit the dementia friendly hospital ward, pop up pub, reminiscence room, UWS Domus and talk to our staff and students . This event is free but must be booked in advance at  


Suicide Prevention Week - Five-A-Side Tournament 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

SPW - FiveASide Tournament


Tools for Living™ - Dates 2015

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Tools for Living™ - Schedule 2015


MyRAP Groups in Lanarkshire 2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

MyRAP Groups in Lanarkshire 2015


Expeerience Counts - Evaluation Information to Development Day

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

A small group of staff from Expeerience Counts and Well Informed met with Lynne Cruickshank (NLC), Theresa Watson (NHS) and Norma Lang (NLC) to plan development sessions to highlight the work done by both services and to encourage more referrals to the services.

Expeerience Counts and Well Informed had a further meeting as a team to discuss how we would present the services on the day. It was agreed that we would have 4 workshops over 2 days facilitated by Expeerience Counts and Well Informed staff and volunteers. To show the range of opportunities that could be provided to service users who were referred to the service the workshops would be:

  • Peer Support and Veterans work
  • Community Link Work and Tools For Living
  • Short Myrap facilitated group
  • Well Informed and Volunteering

There was a good response to the invitation to register for the development sessions and over both days 90 people attended the workshops. On both days the workshops were interesting and very interactive with attendees appearing interested and engaged in the process.

The organisations who were represented were a good mix of various organisations from all localities within North Lanarkshire. (Please see appendix)

As well as the workshops there was also an opportunity for attendees to see the work that had previously been completed with Peers of the service, this was shown through our recovery wall of case studies and Thank You cards.

There was also a large paper tree on the wall which represented what the staff felt were the roots of the service. (please see appendix)  We also asked participants to add blooms to the tree in order that we could grow the service and to see if there were any developments that could be made.

The Information we have gained from the development sessions will be shared with the Steering Group initially and will also be available to all of the Locality teams. We will consult with steering group and SAMH re how these blooms can be if possible grown within the services.

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Donna Barrowman, Hope Cafe, receives Rural Innovation Award

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

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Suicide statistics inScotlandshow suicide vulnerability in areas of isolation and/or deprivation. Donna Barrowman established the Hope Café in Lanark, supporting people in their recovery of mental heath problems. Donna is therefore based within a rural community and perfectly situated to raise awareness that suicide alertness is for everyone. 

Donna has used her local knowledge of the area and the community to deliver safeTALK, making it more widely available in the heart of rural Lanarkshire. To increase accessibility she realised that the pub is often a hub of a community, and is an easily accessible and welcoming environment ideal for hosting safeTALK. From the first delivery interest has grown and more people and organisations are asking for safeTALK. Donna's pub deliveries continue, and demand continues, a real success story.

From her safeTALK T4T to the present day Donna has worked tirelessly and creatively to reach out to make rural areas a safer place by increasing awareness, decreasing stigma, and giving people the confidence to get involved, to tell ask, listen and keepsafe.  In acknowledgement of Donna's work LivingWorks have raised a certificate to recognise her commitment. When the Hope Café celebrated moving into their permanent premises, it was the ideal time to surprise Donna with her well deserved award.


The Health and Wellness Hub - News

Monday, June 22, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

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Our Community Health Hubs in Craigneuk and North Motherwell are now finished for the summer break but we are holding a Summer Fayre, on Thursday 25th June in The Jim Foley community centre, Craigneuk from12.30pm-2.30pm. £2 entry fee at the door. On the day there will be a variety of stalls including a tombola, arts and crafts, glitter tattoos and balloons so big kids and little kids welcome!

Tea/coffee & cakes available too and free fruit and veg packs kindly provided by "Near not Dear" Food Coop in Pat Cullinan centre. There are 15 minute therapy tasters available in reflexology, massage and reiki at a fantastic cost of only £2 per taster!  So pop along, bring a friend or the family and have a fantastic time, hopefully the sun shines too!

We start back again on Wednesday 5th August with our tai chi class in The Jim Foley centre, from 6pm to 7pm and Thursday 6th August in The Pat Cullinan centre at 10am with our tai chi class and 11am with our Zumba class. We also have our therapy tasters available from 10am - 11.30am. Also on Thursday 6th August we start back in The Jim Foley centre at 1pm with our yoga class and at 2pm with our "lets bounce" trampoline class and our therapy tasters from 1pm - 2.30pm.

Please note that when we start back, there will be a£2 per person, per activity charge. We have tried to provide our activities free of charge for as long as possible but due to limited funding, we need introduce this fee for those who attend our weekly activities. We do hope you appreciate our reasons behind this and that this charge is still greatly reduced in terms of what you receive for this cost. 

Finally, we would like to thank everyone for your continued support and if we do not see you at our summer fayre, we hope you have a lovely summer break.


Free Cycling Group - Come and Join the Fun

Thursday, June 18, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Free Cycling Group - Come and Join the Fun


See Me - Get Involved!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |

See Me - Get Involved


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