October Project Newsletter

This is available as a Soundcloud recording.

October events

Looking for a fun free activity this weekend? Then come along to the Travelling Gallery this Saturday. The bus will be parked outside the Town Hall all day and is packed with a fun interactive exhibition for all the family.
The Travelling Gallery’s autumn exhibition Alt-w: Blush Response, is in partnership with New Media Scotland and part of the Festival of Architecture 2016. The exhibition focuses on artists making use of technology within their practice, exploring the exciting role that digital interaction can have on our lives.

Tuesday 4th October, the memory cafes at Western Isles Hospital on the wards will recommence from 2-3pm each Tuesday until March 2017.


Thursday 6th October 2pm An Lanntair Community Room (Upstairs) FREE Dementia Friendly Screening of Pocket Cinema No need to book but contact Oriana@lanntair.com to join the mailing list.

Thursday 27th October – Carers’ High Tea at An Lanntair, please book with Alzheimer Scotland Bells Road. If you care for someone living with dementia and you would like to come out for a free dinner at An Lanntair, check out the exhibition, meet some lovely people and soak up the atmosphere and the view at our Cafe Bar, please call Marion MacInnes and her wonderful team on 01851 702123. We will shortly be rolling this out across the South Isles with support from the new post holders that we are advertising for.

31st October Pocket Cinema at An Lanntair is hosting a special fundraising screening of Young Frankenstein, celebrating the life of Gene Wilder and raising funds for the local branch of Alzheimer Scotland. Please join the newsletter by emailing Oriana@lanntair.com

31st Oct – 2nd Nov 2016 Jon MacLeod is going to present our project poster at Alzheimer Europe Conference, Copenhagen. ‘It’s Good to See Natural Ground.’

If you would like to test the Sensory Memory Box, please get in touch with me – my email is paula@lanntair.com

Chris Hammacott is taking a quilting workshop to Solas Day Centre this month. We will be sewing personal images which have been printed on to cotton paper.

Chris is also working with one lady who lives in a care centre and has worked with textiles herself, to create a commissioned piece with her.

If you are caring for someone living with dementia and are keen out trying new skills, have a look at our new carers page on our blog for inspiration dfclanntair.wordpress.com . If quilting is something you have been wanting to try, please get in touch with me paula@lanntair.com because I have a small number of kits which Chris Hammacott has made to offer to carers across the islands, which come in a lovely hand made craft bag for this and future projects.


Our Soundcloud account (Arora An Lanntair) has many playlists for music, poetry, talks, items of interest as well as our own cultural podcasts and Gaelic language lessons. The spoken listings and newsletters can also be found there.

There will be a project celebration during October, news to follow.


September was quite a busy month for the project!

The Woven Communities Collaboration project team went on a Seatrek trip to look at where different grasses grow and how they are harvested. We took a small sample using traditional sickles and tried drying and plaiting with them.
The next day, we tried splitting a piece of root and weaving a coil using the root to stitch it together. Also, during this session, we planned how to pull together past and present knowledge to make the most of this collaboration and the intergenerational opportunities across the community.
The making session and recording of the session will take place in North & South Uist in the second week of November.
The team is currently looking into the prospect of an exhibition relating to this work and the relevant pieces that have been discovered and uncovered and which will be made.
Jon and I have been invited to present our work on this project at a Symposium at St Andrew’s University in January 2017.

On 21st September, the team presented at the Life Changes Trust First National Community and Dementia Conference. The theme for our two workshops was ‘Restoring value in a bilingual community: ceilidh culture, hand memory and other creative approaches’. You can see Maggie Smith’s film contribution and Jon Macleod’s slide presentation on our youtube channel. Find the link on our blog. dfclanntair.wordpress.com

The 22nd September saw the team attend Scotland’s Dementia Awards as a nominee for Best dementia friendly community initiative’ in Glasgow. And we won! Every single one of you listening, reading and involved in any way with their project won this award. Well done and a million thanks to all of you. I really hope that this award will support us as a wide team to support even more people across the Western Isles.

We launched our new website and brand identity this month.
wearearora.org is our website but our blog dfclanntair.wordpress.com is still updated almost daily. Our brand identity and website was designed by GOOD, http://www.wearegood.com We were fortunate to win the ‘good for nothing award’ for this year, 2016, which was worth £25,000 worth of branding and design time. http://www.wearegood.com/good-for-nothing

Chris Hammacott and I recorded how-to videos for quilting to go with the kits that Chris has made up for carers to have a go at making a cushion. These will be available during October.

I met with the team from the NHS and Alzheimer Scotland to recommence the ward based Memory Cafes from 4th October. These may have a new name such as Tuesday Ceilidh so watch out for the ward posters.

Jon Macleod was accepted for an exciting Project Research Residency in Senegal for 5 weeks from February 2017. This is sure to bring back some incredible global perspectives on memory, culture, language and community support.

The Western Isles Volunteer Centre has been working with us at An Lanntair to work through the WAVE Western Isles Award for Volunteering Excellence and we have started to work with young volunteers and developing our support system for volunteers.

We held our regular Carers’ High Tea event at An Lanntair in collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland on Thursday 29th September.

Our new South Isles Practitioner posts are being advertised now.

Our trial memory box was tested around the South Isles.

Our amazing ‘In Conversation’ recording between Jack Manchester and John Maher was edited and will be ready during October.

I met with our first potential volunteer for our new volunteer programme at An Lanntair. As a team, we are aiming to follow thew Volunteer Centre Western Isles’ ‘WAVE’ award, which is Western Isles Award for Volunteering Excellence.

We have joined the DEEP Network, which is the Dementia Empowerment and Engagement Project. The idea is that through this network, people living with dementia and their carers can have more of a voice collectively and the support of a national network to amplify that voice. There will be regular meetings and more information about this shortly.

Looking ahead to November and beyond

8th – 11th November, the Woven Communities team will be back in North & South Uist to undertake the making and recording part of the project, along with some intergenerational work. This will include some of our collaboration work with Remoage.

17th November, Life Changes Trust are holding an information session in Benbecula to support phase 2 applications for funding across the South Isles. Paula is supporting this.

Weds December 7th Paula has been invited to the Upstream conference, to present our Island Case Study for this Life Changes Trust funded Transport project in Edinburgh.

January 18th-20th 2017 Jon and Paula have been invited to present their part in the Woven Communities Project at a Symposium at St Andrews University

February 2017 Jon is undertaking a residency in Senegal to research for this project. He will be away for around 5 weeks.

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