April Newsletter (incl March)

March News

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On 1st March, we went along to the ‘A Kind of Seeing‘ event at Stornoway Library, enjoying some wonderful, local archive films and some film clips made about the islands.


The DEEP wall vinyl project gathered pace, with Alex Boyd visiting Erisort and Clisham wards and talking with people on the wards about what is important in the image that will be created for Erisort Day Room. We discussed how the room needs to feel, views from past homes and windows, and how the light and season affects the mood of the image. Alex is now gathering images to use as talking points to gain a deeper understanding of the needs and requirements for this image.


Our Quilter in Residence project continued into the community through Alzheimer Scotland funding and the project was featured in British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.


On 6th March, we were excited to join our First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon for a breakfast event, where she launched our International Women’s Month at An Lanntair. We also screened Funny Face and enjoyed the gallery exhibition.


We worked in Bethesda with one lady who was on respite, chatting about life stories while working on a personal cushion for her with Chris Hammacott. And I did some flower arrangiimageng with another lady there.








Mid March, we attended a meeting about the Clisham garden project and I was assigned the task of patient involvement as well as clearing the garden ready to make a start. It was a pleasure to take in an array of flowers, seeds, vegetables and berries to see what people think of the possibilities.


Maggie shared a Wool Extravaganza session across care centres

wool extravaganza
wool and tweed colours and texture

and Kate shared a lovely session on Spring flowers and the Badag brush at Trianaid Care Centre, North Uist.

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We went to the Friday Ceilidh at the Retirement Centre, Bayhead, to introduce a lady to the fun!


Tonkan played accordion at one of the Tuesday Ceilidhs

We were featured in Alzheimer Scotland Magazine (p15) for the Quilter in Residence project.

Our work was featured in the An Lanntair Quality Document

We had a wonderful time at the DEEP gathering in Inverness

Coming up in April

We assisted with clearing the Clisham Garden 


Dementia Friendly film screening of a chosen film on Weds 8th April, An Lanntair, 1.30pm in the Pocket Cinema, level 3 in the lift.

Argentine Tango sessions with Louise! This will start in Solas Day Centre on Thursday 6th April and continue around the Care Centres and An Lanntair.

Launch of our Memory Box scheme with events at local libraries across the islands – details to be confirmed

Food Festival participation – events to be confirmed.

Purvai festival shared across the community with Dal and his Tabla drumming. Dates TBC.

Tuesdays 2-3pm, Erisort Ward, Tuesday Ceilidh at Western Isles Hospital continues every week.

We will take a colour selection opportunity in to Clisham Ward, to enable people to look at the colours and select the ones most favoured for the garden woodwork and walls. We have already had a look at what we would like to grow and cleared the garden of weeds and old leaves.

Launch of our ‘Me Time’ Carers Voucher scheme.

Events in Benbecula, North and South Uist with Kate Macdonald

Working on the DEEP wall vinyls at two settings.

PLEASE SEE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE aroraanlanntair for up to date events listings and all the news! and catch us on twitter @dfclanntair

Coming up in May

Tuesdays 2-3pm, Erisort Ward, Tuesday Ceilidh at Western Isles Hospital continues every week.

Life Changes Trust is taking the team on an awayday (or two) in Glasgow 9th/10th May, to look into where the project goes at the end of the three year funding period.

Tommy Whitelaw is coming to Barra on 31st May and moving up through the islands to Lewis for the Memory Walk with Alzheimer Scotland.

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