Dementia Awareness Week Activity

Friday, May 29, 2015 By: Fiona | Not tagged |

Dementia Awareness Week Activities 1st- 7th June 2015

As many of you will know the multi-agency Lanarkshire Dementia Strategy Implementation Grouphas an action plan which includes the co-ordination and promotion ofDementia Awareness Week Activity across Lanarkshire.

This builds on the excellent activity that colleagues across Lanarkshire led on last year The aim is not to be over prescriptive, but just bring all the activity together into one plan, meaning we can concentrate our collective efforts and assets across Lanarkshire with a wide range of activities. The success of the programme last year has seen Dementia related resources amongst the most requested leaflets in the health improvement library.

Order Materials

NHS Lanarkshire Health Promotion Library have set up the same system as last year to let everyone know all the dementia related materials that are available for ordering (free) to support your activity and make it easy for anyone to order them. I have attached a catalogue (see page 18 to 21 for Dementia Specific Resources in the mental health section), order form and registration form (to be completed for you to register with the library). Please return your order form marking the e-mail 'Dementia Awareness Week'and return to For any enquiries please phone:01698 377600/ 01698 377629.

 Key Messages

1. Worried about Your Memory: supportive posters including 'tear off slips' with the national dementia help-line number on them. Contact Fiona on 01698 366930 or

2. Dementia Friends (See Attachment): People with Dementia get by with a little help from their friends. The Dementia Friend Scotland Programme is a real practical way for people to engage. We wish to promote Dementia Friends programme. It's just about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition. There are two ways to get sign up either on-line and watch a suite of video clips or you can participate in a face to face session lasting I hour. If you are interested in finding out more about the programme then please contact:- or phone 01698 275096.

3. Lets Talk about Dementia: Alzheimer Scotland will be supporting a range of events across DAW and have supportive information and resources that can be made available. Contact: Lorna Hart, Dementia Advisor, Lanarkshire Services, 01698539790,


Please click here for documents:

Activites going on

Health Improvement Leaflet and Poster Catalogue

Health Promotion Leaflet order form

Borrower Registration Form

Dementia Friends Scotland


Power of Attorney: Summer Campaign

Friday, May 29, 2015 By: Fiona | Not tagged |

NHS Lanarkshire, along with its partners North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council, are encouraging Lanarkshire residents to start the conversation with loved ones about anticipatory care planning (ACP) and power of attorney (POA) this summer.

It follows on from the successful campaign in December 2014 which resulted in a 34% increase in PoA registrations within Lanarkshire.

ACP and POA aims to give people peace of mind by allowing them to plan their future health, social care and financial affairs.

To coincide with this there will be TV adverts on STV, radio adverts in South Lanarkshire leisure centres, poster display and information leaflets within North Lanarkshire leisure centres. There will also be online social media information and updates available via facebook/twitter to highlight current news and stories.

 The campaign will officially start on June 1 to highlight the importance of having this conversation early andplan ahead for peace of mind for the future. The aim is to encourage people to request a free ACP/POA information pack which includes two booklets that give clear and straightforward advice on ACP and PoA.

For further information, please visit  where the information pack is available to download. An information pack can also be requested by telephoning0141 287 0470. This line will only be manned for the first 2 weeks during the campaign. Following this please feel free to contact NHS Lanarkshire General Enquiry line on0300 30 30 243


See Me - Children & Young People

Thursday, May 28, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

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As part of SeeMe's new programme of work they are now updating provision for Children and Young People including developing resources, recruiting young volunteers with lived experience and developing training for trainers materials for Education Scotland.  Involving partner agencies and those with lived experience is central to this work.

SeeMe is engaged with key stakeholder organisations and recently conducted a survey with 1000 young people to gain valuable insight into their lived experience and current needs.

This is the first stage in addressing the needs of Children and Young People and will expand from Secondary Education to Youth Work, Social Care, Health, Primary education and support for families.

Please find attached flyers advertising the opportunities for young people including dates and venues.

If you would like further information please contact Laura Sharpe, Programme Officer - Children & Young People, email: or telephone: 0141 530 1089

Download See Me Children and Young People Flyer

Download See Me Children and Young People Focus Group


The Big Fit Walk

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 By: Fiona | Tagged: , |

The Big Walk

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Growing a Lanarkshire Movement for Change

Monday, May 04, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

"Fantastic conference, very interactive." 
"A very informative, enjoyable day - excellent networking opportunity"

It was with great pleasure that Lanarkshire Recovery Network (LRN), in partnership with SeeMe Scotland, welcomed almost 150 people to the recent 'Growing a Lanarkshire Movement for Change' which took place on Thursday 12th March at The Alona Hotel, Motherwell. 

Growing a Lanarkshire Movement for Change

It was no coincidence that the LRN chose stigma and discrimination as the key focus for this gathering as, even today, we are haunted by its destructive power.  The recently refounded national SeeMe programme team facilitated six interactive workshops in the morning which included; Growing a Movement for Change, Taking a Human Rights Approach, Reducing Inequalities, What works in Tackling Stigma and Discrimination, Children and Young People, The Workplace.  In the afternoon Kesto, a hands-on approach for creative engagement, provided the opportunity for people to share their ideas further.

Delegates heard an inspirational talk on the lived experience from Deborah Burns, a Peer Support Worker with Ex-peer-ience Counts and there was entertainment from SoundSational Choir and the African Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health band.  The event was chaired by Jim Wright, General Manager, Mental Health & Learning Disabilities, NHS Lanarkshire, with Judith Robertson, SeeMe Programme Director, setting the scene for the day.  Opening and closing remarks from Michelle McConnachie, Service Manager - Adult & Older Adult Services, South Lanarkshire Council and Morag Dendy, Manager - Younger Adults, North Lanarkshire Council.  

Growing a Lanarkshire Movement for Change brought together a diverse group of people, all passionate about tackling mental health discrimination; participating and interacting, listening and being heard, sharing experiences and expertise, contributing to and influencing future plans. 

"Really enjoyed it. was able to contribute, listen to and learn.  Good discussion, experience and ideas."

More photos of the event will be available on the website shortly and LRN Steering Group and SeeMe are currently working on collating feedback from delegates and available soon.

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Time & Space: Hearing Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015 By: Iain | Tagged: , , , |

Time and Space is a unique service in Glasgow and the surrounding areas which was originally founded for those who are troubled by hearing voices (also known as auditory hallucinations) and their families.  In response to our members we recently started a carer's group once monthly for family members and supporters, a voice hearer's service for young people on a Saturday and a service for women who self-harm on a Sunday. 

Our weekly peer support groups are at the heart of our service.  Here our members can speak openly, often for the first time, about their experience.  They can build networks and share information and find support from people who really understand them.  We currently have 4 groups running, two for voice hearers, one for women who self-harm and one for carers.

We have 8 volunteer counsellors who can work with our members.  All have undergone our training in issues relating to voice hearing such as; self harm, childhood abuse and trauma. 

The one to one work is useful for those who aren't quite ready for the groups or those who feel the group isn't enough at certain times.  We use that time to develop coping techniques, write life stories, develop time lines and start to work with their voices/self harm on a deeper level. 

Time & Space: Hearing Voices



SafeTALK training in BSL comes to Lanarkshire

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

On Saturday the 31st of January Paul McCusker, the UK's only British Sign Language (BSL) suicide prevention trainer delivered SafeTALK to a small group in North Lanarkshire. The group had previously received SuicideTALK from a hearing trainer but this time they had a trainer who communicated on a deeper level. Higher levels of depression and higher levels of perceived risk among deaf individuals than hearing according to research by Turner et al (2007).it was felt in North Lanarkshire that there should be a training course to help create a network of support who can identify and support people who may be at risk of suicide.

Paul has been the BSL support for NHS Scotland's Breathing Space service for a number of years as well as previously working for Deaf Connections.  Paul has delivered the course in different venues across Scotland but this was the first time SafeTALK was delivered in the local authority where the idea of having a BSL course started.

Feed back from those taking part said "Communication was easy and Paul made the topic easier to understand"

"Paul can't do any better. Very emotional. Good course learnt lots." "Enjoyed the course and how to use TALK in that situation to support people."

If you would like more information about training in your area please contact:


MyRAP - Groups in Lanarkshire

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

MyRAP is now being used with small groups of people which encourages natural peer support. Each MyRAP group is facilitated by two Peer Support Workers who use their own lived experience in a therapeutic way to guide and support the group.

Groups are interactive, fun and creative and provide people with various methods to share learning and experiences in a comfortable environment.

MyRAP groups run in each area for a period of six weeks and each session lasts no longer than one and a half hours.

MyRAP Flyer

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Tools for Living™

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Designed to help you get the best out of life!

Feel that you need to make some changes in your life?

Want a chance to reflect on what is important to you?

Would you like to find out about some tools and ideas that could help? 

If you answered YES to one or more of the above, SAMH's Tools for Living™ programme may be of interest. Please contact Expeerience Counts on 01698 265659 for further information.

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Tools For Living supports people with a variety of needs including mental health and addictions as well as in services which solely focus on helping individuals get into and stay in work.

Download Tools for Living Leaflet


Expeerience Counts Magazine Spring 2015

Saturday, April 04, 2015 By: Iain | Tagged: , |

Check out the latest news at Expeerience Counts, the biggest peer-support service for mental health in Scotland!

Expeerience Counts Magazine Spring 2015

The full magazine can be viewed here.


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