Inspection report mention


Our project events had a mention in a local care home’s recent Care Inspectorate inspection report under ‘service strengths’. We can see positive feedback mentioned and that our events are making a difference to people living with dementia and those in their circle of care. It seems to be supporting businesses in their work with people with dementia too.

These events mentioned were the Jane Hepburn and Ian Stephen Auditorium event and the screening of the Film Festival’s Blacksmith film.

Christmas Parties

It’s been Christmas party time at local care homes.

I screened It’s a Wonderful Life in black & white plus in colour for those who couldn’t attend the recent An Lanntair screening.

Many of the fantastic dancers who gave such a beautiful and much loved display at a care home were spotted the next day packing bags at the Co-Op to raise funds for another one. Well done, girls, you are Christmas angels.


The team have been enjoying branding sessions over the past couple of days with Mark and Mike from Good’s Glasgow office.

We’re all looking forward to a name, a logo and a website for the project, which will enable us to formally launch the project in the New Year.

The team at Good have an interesting task, here. We all offered ideas from different perspectives and we’re excited to see what develops.

Thanks to the weather for playing such a wonderful host to our guests.

Nicolson Institute Gaelic Choir

The Nicolson Institute Gaelic Choir have kindly rescheduled their event that we had to postpone due to high winds a few weeks ago.

They are now very helpfully undertaking a mini tour of Stornoway care centres in the New Year, so that people don’t have to travel in winter weather and so that everyone has something to look forward to in the New Year. How thoughtful and much appreciated!

We will be enjoying songs from the National Mod.


Christmas Baking at Dun Eisdean

I took some Christmassy ingredients and recipes to Dun Eisdean today.
We produced some mini Christmas Puddings, mini Christmas cakes, mince pies and some chocolate chip cookies. We iced the cakes with a thick icing and a cherry. You can find the recipes on our recipes page.

We went for the mini versions of puddings and cakes to save on cooking time but we definitely packed in the flavour with ingredients such as orange zest, ginger wine, brandy, prunes, raisins and grated apple.

We talked about Christmas cooking smells, memories, recipes and what we remember our Mothers and Grandmothers cooking for us.

I laid the Christmas lights out along the table and we enjoyed Christmassy music on the radio as we worked. The hardest part was softening the butter…and waiting for the oven to cook it all!

Fairy Lights at Clisham Ward

I took the colour changing lights to Clisham Ward this afternoon – there wasn’t really opportunity to dance with them but the people there really enjoyed untangling them, holding them, lining them up, watching them change colour and playing games like trying to catch only the red ones, which turned into a popular game as the red ones are always fading away and popping up elsewhere.

I’ve left a list of possible activities with the ward, so that the staff can choose relevant sessions and let me know when they would work well.



Dementia Friends sessions at An Lanntair today

The An Lanntair team was the very first in the Western Isles to benefit from a Dementia Friends session today.

Fiona Macleod is the brand new Dementia Advisor for Alzheimer Scotland and she delivered our morning and afternoon awareness sessions with Geraldine Ditta, who flew over from Inverness (despite high winds and heavy rain) for us today.

The sessions involved a lot of myth-busting, information, discussion, practical work and plenty of tea/coffee and cake.

We learned about living well with dementia, how important community is and what we can do as a team in our work environment to support people living in our community with dementia.


Photos : Fiona Macleod & Paula Brown