Absent Friends Festival Workshop with Dawn Susan

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Dawn Susan ran a very absorbing workshop at Shawbost Old School today, demonstrating how to weave a willow decoration for an absent friend, which is very befitting of Remembrance Day tomorrow. We chatted about absent friends and one lady I took along met up with many past friends and neighbours, which made the session even more worthwhile for her. Her fingers worked neatly, creating very intricate and neat patterns into her fish. The entire group was immensely welcoming and very glad to see people living with dementia out of their care settings and participating in community workshops based on a common heritage and cultural interest, rather than the event being about dementia. We were even invited to Bragar Old School for coffee another day. One gentleman I took along was able to exercise both hands, without giving it as much thought as a physio session and this was very successful.

Cabraich was the organisation holding the event, hosted by Maggie Smith. And now I’m going to embarrass her by saying how very honoured I am to be working with her on this team as well. Please also check out Woven Communities, a fantastic project which Dawn Susan has worked so very hard on and has great resources and a very informative website.

Paula

Local short HIFF film festival screening mini tour yesterday

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Yesterday’s mini tour of care settings with the Hebridean International Film Festival short film ‘The Blacksmith’ was welcomed by three settings – one day centre even wanted to watch it twice! Many recollections and stories were sparked by this, which I will be collecting.

Check out the amazing van we went in, too!