November Newsletter

October news

Jon is at the 26th Alzheimer Europe conference in Copenhagen right now, 31st October to 2nd November, to present our project poster about bilingualism and hand memory.


31st October, for Halloween and to celebrate the life of Gene Wilder, Pocket Cinema screened Young Frankenstein to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland Lewis & Harris branch.

31st October, Paula went to Solas Day Centre to print personal images onto cotton, to provide materials for Chris Hammacott to be ‘Quilter in Residence’ to Solas for November. Chris has been commissioned to create personal lap quilts and cushions.


Tuesday Ceilidhs at Western Isles Hospital in October featured a stirring Gaelic Poem from the Mod, recited in a breathtakingly moving style by young Oliver, Gaelic psalm singing from the Rev Calum Iain MacLeod, Melodeon playing from Maggie Smith and lots of visitors, including little Noah.


Chat around the table at the Carers High Tea included armadillos, 9 feet of snow in Russia, dishwashers, quilting, house renovation and matching jumpers.


Our first Carer’s cushion kit went to a carer in Tong. We have two left and Chris is now working on a wool Florentine stitching kit for carers.

We have a new Facebook page, as requested by Carers. @aroraanlanntair

Our South Isles posts have been advertised this month and we will be interviewing early in November.

We joined the DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) National network. DEEP website We have updated the DEEP website with our information and submitted it for moderation.


It’s Faclan festival week at An Lanntair, take a look at the events on the website.

It’s the last 2 weeks of The Loom exhibition in the gallery at An Lanntair. The loom has been reimagined and reconstructed in a way which is mesmerising, offering sensory immersion in colour, light and music. Come and enjoy the show.

Last Thursday of every month
Carer’s High Tea with Alzheimer Scotland. If you are a carer of a person living with a dementia, please book with Alzheimer Scotland Bells Road 01851 702123. Come and enjoy a free meal in wonderful company at An Lanntair’s cafe bar and check out the exhibition and galleries. Come together or come for a break. Thursday 24th November.

Tuesday Ceilidh at Western Isles Hospital in collaboration with NHS Western Isles and Alzheimer Scotland. 2-3pm. Visitors welcome! Supportive memory cafe on Erisort ward for people in hospital, frequent guests.

Monthly dementia friendly screening at the Pocket Cinema. Please contact to be added to the mailing list.


Please check our blog for events:

Month of November: Chris Hammacott is Quilter in Residence at Solas Day Centre. Chris has been commissioned to create individual quilts and cushions using personal photographs.

Carer’s Cushion Kits
If you are a carer of a person living with a dementia across the Western Isles and would like to have a go at patchwork, please get in touch with as we have two remaining complete cushion kits designed by Chris Hammacott to give away. No sewing experience or a machine required.

November 21st: Woven Communities events across the Uists and Benbecula this week. Our academic collaboration project with University of St Andrews continues with grass weaving and hand memory opportunities across the South Isles. Leading up to a final exhibition and a Symposium in January at St. Andrews.

November: DEEP Group project (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) across care centres and Western Isles Hospital. Personalising Surroundings with photography and Gaelic proverbs.


17th November, we are on Benbecula with the Life Changes Trust team to support their event to encourage funding applications from the South Isles.


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