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This is the Arora Dementia Friendly Community at An Lanntair Newsletter for May 2017. I will make another newsletter about June as so much is coming up!
Tuesday 2nd May at Lionacleit Library – 4-6pm we held a drop in Launch of our Memory Box Scheme and Archive Film Project in collaboration with Western Isles Library and Museum Nan Eilean. Featuring archive film from Uist in the 1950s.
Weds 3rd May we held the Arora Film Club in An Lanntair’s Pocket Cinema 1.30pm-3.30pm. We screened Mamma Mia, by request. This is now going to be the first Weds of each month at 1.30pm, to create a regular slot.
Thursday 4th May, we started working with Gill Thompson, Printmaker, at Western Isles Hospital, to create art panels for the Memory Garden at Clisham Ward.
Jon went to North Uist on 3rd May to meet with NHS teams and Taigh Chearsabhagh team about future work as well as catching up with our own extended team.Tuesdays 2-3pm, Erisort Ward, Tuesday Ceilidh at Western Isles Hospital continued every week.
Tuesdays 2-3pm, Erisort Ward, Tuesday Ceilidh at Western Isles Hospital continued every week. There were soldiers and food festival foods this month!
Life Changes Trust took the team on an awayday (or two) in sunny Glasgow 9th/10th May, to look into where the project goes at the end of the three year funding period.
Tommy Whitelaw came to the Western Isles through Dementia Carer Voices on 31st May and moved up through the islands 1st and 2nd June to Lewis for the Memory Walk with Alzheimer Scotland. Margaret Joan met him first in South Uist and showed him the Memory Box, which he blogged on Dementia Carer Voices. Then Paula heard his emotional talk in Stornoway (many tears there!) and gave a talk about the project’s current work, and then sharing the Friday ceilidh, Alex Boyd’s projections and the opening of the Memory Garden, and finishing off at the Remoage session with him. What wonderful energy he brings to any event and to every heart.
We unveiled our DEEP project vinyl in Blar Buidhe Care Centre on Monday 29th May
And at Western Isles Hospital we projected Alex Boyd’s set of potential images on Friday 2nd June during the extra Ward Ceilidh (for Dementia Awareness Week). This was a wonderful occasion, with plenty of interesting conversations happening about the Memory Garden, which was open for a walk around and looked fantastic in the rain, which was testament to the incredible fundraising and purchasing of well placed and colourful flowers and birds, windmills and plants, which are already creating height, colour, interest and joy on a dull day.
We have been sharing the craft and food festival from An Lanntair with global and local foods across the community. We showcased foods and drinks from Morocco (Mint tea), South Korea (Kimchi), Syria (Labneh and Halloumi), France (flognarde and Red Carmargue rice), England (Plum upside down cake), South Africa (Rooibos), Russia (Sharlotka), Belgium (Chocolate), USA (Wild rice and a New York Plum Torte), Italy (Antipasti), Venezuala (Arepas), Ireland (dulse), Orkney Beremeal (scones and bannocks) and and Western Isles Carrageen – there is plenty more to come over the next month. We now have a big world map to place everywhere we have ‘been’ with our global food tour.
Our PhD student commenced conversations with Jon about Intelligent Textiles applications for the community here, supporting people with dementia with locally produced textiles which have added benefits in technology.
Dementia Awareness Week DAW2017 saw several events that we ran, supported or were involved with in some way.
- We dressed the KJ Macdonald window for DAW2017 with our first DEEP vinyl image
- We installed the vinyl at Blar Buidhe Care Centre (formal images next week)
- We made progress with our second DEEP vinyl image when Alex Boyd had his set of potential images ready, taken through a collaboration process with people in Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway and we projected them on to the wall on Erisort Ward.
- There were two ward ceilidhs on Tuesday and Friday.
- We screened our first Arora Film Club film at Erisort Ward on Weds 31st May on the new smart screen from Remoage.
- We took delivery of a gifted projector for Erisort Ward!
- We did a final push on the Memory Garden at Clisham Ward and opened that for a walk around on Friday June 2nd.
- We took the Crofting Memory Box across on the ferry to North Uist for Margaret Joan to meet Tommy Whitelaw with in South Uist on 1st June.
- Maggie held two reminiscence sessions in Lewis Care Centres.
- We supported the Alzheimer Scotland Reunion Ceilidh at the Town Hall.
- We attended the Technology Open Afternoon at Grianan.
- We spoke at the Tommy On Tour event in Clinical Skills area of NHS Western Isles.
- Jon Macled presented a project poster in Edinburgh.
- We worked with people with a new diagnosis of dementia through Mairi MacIver, post diagnostic nurse.
- We did some one to one work with a carer around transition of the person cared for into a nursing home.
- We supported the Alzheimer Scotlland Memory Walk as volunteers on 3rd June with a separate walk to the event, raising over £250. These vital funds provide the means to operate community dementia cafes, singing groups, walking groups, gardening groups and community support. Whatever you donate to Alzheimer Scotland makes a massive difference to local people living with dementia.
- We finish it all off Sat 3rd June by celebrating 30 years of Lewis & Harris Branch of Alzheimer Scotland.