here is our list of projects and events planned for the next six months  April – September. Check our facebook page for events listings (@aroraanlanntair).

April 17

  • We held a dementia friendly screening at An Lanntair.
  • We are touring seated and on-your-feet dance with Louise Davidson.
  • Reminiscence and music sessions across North & South Uist, Benbecula and Barra/Vatersay has started with our Arts Practitioners.
  • Reminscence sessions with Maggie and her Wool Extravaganza with Mary Smith.
  • Working on the DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) funded Hills of Home project for personalising the surroundings of care centres.
  • Hospital ceilidhs in Stornoway and Barra so far
  • Planning for Conference March 18
  • Project end of year 2 evaluation
  • We were successful with Wm Grant Foundation funding application for Me Time Vouchers
  • Working on the Clisham Garden project – volunteering to clear and plant the garden and working with people in hospital to facilitate them to choose what to plant and the colours for the painting and wood staining.
  • Involvement with the Short Term Working Group for the Erisort Ward Refurbishment (Including our wall vinyls)
  • Alzheimer Scotland’s magazine featured our quilting project
  • Museum trip with Kate Macdonald to Lionacleit.
  • Sharing current arts events across the community
  • Following up Woven Communities work in South Uist with more intergenerational school work
  • May 17
  • Dementia friendly screenings across the community.
  • Reminiscence sessions across the Uists and Benbecula with Kate and Margaret Joan
  • Music sessions and photographic reminiscence with Duncan on Barra/Vatersay
  • Sharing Purvai festival with Dal and his Tabla drumming
  • Launch of the memory box scheme across Island libraries
  • Launch of Me Time vouchers for carers
  • Launch of a new collaborative archive film service with the library
  • Sharing the food festival
  • Working on Hospital Ceilidhs for Benbecula
  • Attending Away Days with Life Changes Trust
  • Dance continues – we will be making a film and training Activities Co-ordinators along with Maggie Smith’s Cultural Movement sessions.
  • Planning for conference March 18
  • Working on the Clisham Garden
  • Working on the Erisort Ward refurbishment
  • Working on the DEEP wall vinyls in two care settings.
  • We should be having a visit from Dementia Friendly East Lothian and going to visit them to share ideas and a funding application across two areas.
  • Tommy Whitelav visit to Barra 31st May – music from Duncan
  • Following up Woven Communities work in North Uist with more intergenerational work

June 17

  • Working on the DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) funded Hills of Home project for personalising the surroundings of care centres.
  • Supporting people from the Western Isles to attend the DEEP gathering in Edinburgh
  • Working on Wm Grant and LCT funded Me Time Voucher project
  • Working on memory box scheme development
  • Dance continues – we will be making a film and training Activities Co-ordinators along with Maggie Smith’s Cultural Movement sessions.
  • Conference planning
  • Dementia friendly screenings
  • Reminscence sessions across all of the islands
  • Hospital ceilidhs continue
  • Early June – Alzheimer Scotland Memory Walk and visit from Tommy Whitelaw
  • Sharing current arts events across the community

July 17

  • Hospital ceilidhs
  • Feis with Kate Macdonald – 1st week in July
  • Reminiscence sessions
  • Dementia friendly screenings
  • completing the dance sessions with training, a film and a performance
  • Conference planning
  • Developing memory boxes
  • Sharing current arts events across the community
  • Completing the DEEP funded Hills of Home Project for Lewis and sharing it with Harris, North & South Uist, Eriskay, Benbecula and Barra/Vatersay
  • Developing MeTime project

August 17

  • Attending LCT Gathering
  • Dementia Friendly screenings
  • There will likely be a summer break for hospital ceilidhs
  • Reminiscence sessions
  • Developing memory boxes
  • Conference planning
  • Sharing current arts events across the community
  • Continuing with the DEEP personalising surroundings project
  • Developing MeTime project

Sept 17

  • Hospital ceilidhs resume
  • Dementia friendly screenings
  • Mid year project evaluation
  • Reminiscence sessions
  • Sharing current arts events across the community
  • Conference planning
  • Developing memory boxes
  • Continuing with DEEP personalising surroundings project
  • Developing MeTime project


In planning

Currently – Themed Box Reminiscence scheme in connection with the Mobile Library and Museum Nan Eilean  across the South Isles – in collation and trial ready for the  launch in January with special cultural handling collections from Museum Nan Eilean.
This has been trialled by  Blar Buidhe, Western Isles Hospital, Trianaid North Uist.
Also booked to Sacred Heart, South Uist, Harris House and Community Groups around Lewis.

DEEP Hills of Home project – creating personalised images by and with people living and staying in care centres and hospitals.

IN CONVERSATION – Being recorded and edited currently
Bilingual conversations with community elders to create podcasts to share.


Every Tuesday at 2pm-3pm, Erisort Ward, Western Isles Hospital, Tuesday Ceilidh. If you are in hospital and you would benefit from some company and occasionally some music, craft, baking or poetry, please ask your nurse and come along.


May 3rd Dementia Friendly screening at An Lanntair Pocket Cinema 1.30 – 3pm

May 10th – Life Changes Trust gathering for the team to plan ahead.

Around Spring 18, dates TBC, Exhibition relating to Woven Communities Project work.

April 17, dates TBC, Dal sharing Purvai festival with Tabla drumming from India

April 17, Dates TBC, into May – sharing Food Festival with butter making sessions and links to Shetland!

April 17, launch of our Memory Box scheme in collaboration with Museum Nan Eilean and Western Isles Libraries.

Mid April 17, launch of our ‘Me Time’ vouchers to support carers, funded by Wm Grant Foundation through Life Changes Trust.

Wednesdays from 29th March – Kate Macdonald at Sacred Heart Care Centre working on a sowing and growing project.

Every third Tuesday from late March at Balinvanich – Kate Macdonald working with Gemma Steel and a community group.

Late Spring – further Woven Communities work across the Uists and Barra in collaboration with Remoage and Alzheimer Scotland.

In planning – Memory walk in Balinvanich with Kate Macdonald and friends to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland.

1st week in July, Kate Macdonald working on Feis in North Uist.

2018 End of project Conference at An Lanntair


April 5th Dementia friendly screening at An Lanntair pocket cinema 1.30-3pm

March 21st, Clisham Ward sensory session for choosing planting items for the garden

March 22nd Bond film screening in the Pocket Cinema (dementia friendly) 1-30-3pm

March 29th/30th Supporting a lady to attend the DEEP gathering in Inverness.


Weds 15th March – Paula and Chris Hammacott working with a lady at Bethesda, quilting project.

Fri 17th March – Paula & Volunteer Dave supporting Clisham Garden redesign

January 31st 17, Cross Party Group on Dementia at Scottish Parliament – Any questions for policymakers? Pass them to Paula.

9th Feb 2pm – dementia friendly screening – Pocket Cinema at An Lanntair  – requests please!

February 2017 Jon will be on a Residency to Senegal researching for this project.

Friday 13th Jan – Jon in North Uist to meet and start working with our first two South Isles Practitioners Kate MacDonald and Margaret Joan MacIsaac.

Weds 25th Jan Dementia friendly screening of The Sound of Music by special request in the Pocket Cinema, Level 3. Booking essential with Paula ( or Marion ( Booking essential as numbers are limited.
10am – 1pm (yes, it really is three hours long!!)
Please feel welcome to come and go in a relaxed fashion – there will be a tea break mid way with refreshments provided. Feel welcome to book and stay for our special Burns Lunch afterwards too. Booking essential.

Weds 25th Jan Burns Night Lunch at An Lanntair Please book with Marion MacInnes 01851 702123 or or Join us for An Lanntair’s very own Haggis, Neeps & Tatties (veggy option available)  and a recital of the Selkirk Grace. 1pm. Booking essential.

Tuesday Ceilidh Dementia Cafes at Western Isles Hospital – A collaboration between this project, NHS and Alzheimer Scotland.  Tuesdays at 2pm-3pm from 4th October to March 2017. 17th January, then 24th and 31st.

January 16th & 17th Museum Nan Eilean at Lews Castle – Intergenerational Woven Communities making days.

January 18th 19th and 20th, Jon & Paula invited to present at the  Woven Communities Symposium at St. Andrew’s University.

last Thursday of the month. In collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland.
Please book with Alzheimer Scotland Resource Centre, Bells Road. 01851 702123
Next one is Thursday, January 26th.

Sat Jan 28th, Soup and Pudding event at Alzheimer Scotland – Paula is  supporting.

December 7th, Paula invited to present our Island Case Study to Upstream Conference, at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, a Life Changes Trust funded project on transport.

PANTOMIMEFriday 9th Dec – Stornoway Thespians have invited us to attend their production of Beauty & The Beast at An Lanntair at 10.30am

Monday 12th Dec – 1pm – Quilting Exhibition Opening – Mezzanine Gallery, An Lanntair  – Nibbles and drinks to celebrate Chris Hammacott’s Quilter in Residence work at Solas Day Centre throughout November. Come and see the beautiful, personal pieces that Chris created with people attending Solas Day Centre.

Dementia Friendly Screening of White Christmas 10.30am  Thursday 15th December in the Pocket Cinema

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.

22nd November – Life Changes Trust gathering in Perth. If anyone would like to come with me, please let me know.

Aug/Sept/Nov 2016 Uist and Lewis, re-making traditional baskets and other items through our collaborative Woven Communities project.

From 21st November, all week  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.

Tuesday 29th November Dementia friendly screening at the Pocket Cinema, An Lanntair, 1.30pm. The Artist.

October 12th, An Lanntair AGM – presenting the project.

October 14th Voluntary Arts Scotland – Project presentation at An Lanntair.

31st Oct – 5th Nov 2016 Jon MacLeod going to present our project poster at Alzheimer Europe Conference, Copenhagen.

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. Thurs 29th Sept.

Last Thursday of every month, Carers group at An Lanntair in collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland – please book with Bells Road.

Thursday 6th October 2pm An Lanntair Community Room (Upstairs) FREE Dementia Friendly Screening of South Pacific Pocket Cinema with tea and cake included! see blog post 

21st September 2016 Life Changes Trust Conference, Perth Festival Hall.

22nd September 2016 Dementia Awards, Glasgow (we have been nominated) Scotland’s Dementia Awards Shortlist 2016 
We won Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative! What an honour!

Uist events
 24th August In Conversation recording – Contemporary engineer in conversation with vintage race car and tractor engineer. Podcast available in September.
Late August – Eriskay Gensays – recording stories.
last week of August – Trial of Box Scheme Sensory Box.
– Initial Carers’ Lunch Break session at Taigh Chearsabhagh 12-1pm Weds 24th August
Initial Carers’ Lunch Break session at Benbecula -Dark Isle Hotel Thursday 25th August 12-1 pm
– Initial Carers’ High Tea session at Kildonan Museum CafeWeds 24th Aug 4-5pm

Aug 16 – Carers events commenced in North & South Uist and Benbecula

Aug/Sept/ 2016 Uist and Lewis, re-making traditional baskets and other items through our collaborative Woven Communities project.

Second week in August – 11th/12th– Andy Hyde from Upstream visiting again. More transport related working. Dementia Friends session at Stornoway Airport.


Bilingual conversations with community elders to create podcasts to share.
* 95th Birthday Party in Uig – recording 16th August
* Two performance car engineers meet for a chat in North Uist – recording 24th August

3rd & 4th August – Paul Thomas from DEEP group – visited and attended several settings to talk about setting up a local DEEP Group. Blar Buidhe, Alzheimer Scotland, Western Isles Hospital, Ravenspoint Dementia Cafe.

WIH Clisham Ward
Short film of Paul Strand from Uist Film (4th August 16)
Trial of Sensory Memory Box (Fri 29th July – Fri 12th Aug)
Weaving Grasses and other traditional materials (July 30th 2.45 PM)

Solas baking afternoon –  Friday 5th August 1pm

1st August 2016 – 12.30-1pm session, 1-2pm lunch and then another session 2-2.30pm – Laxdale Choir Waulking Songs closed sessions in the Gallery with lunch. Choose 12-30 – 1pm with lunch (ending 2pm) or 1pm – 2.30pm including lunch. FREE.

3rd/4th/5th August – DEEP Group Co-Ordinator Paul Thomas visiting to meet people with dementia relating to starting a DEEP Group locally. DEEP VISIT Flyer to download and print.

30th July Dawn Susan & Maggie Smith at Solas for Woven Communities workshop. Then Western Isles Hospital.

Thurs 28th July.
Carers’ High Tea at An Lanntair with Alzheimer Scotland

22nd July Dawn Susan & Maggie Smith at Blar Buidhe for Woven Communities workshop.

(Postponed through NHS staff sickness – rescheduled 21st July)  at Western Isles Hospital What Matters To You? Day. Working on Playlist for Life and collecting a personal digital library for patients.

Collaboration project with Dr Stephanie Bunn of St. Andrew’s University and other partners researching ‘woven communities‘ and hand memory. April – Dec 2016. First visit 27th – 29th April 2016.  Late June visit to Uist in planning for working with local people to create a traditional ciosan basket from marram grass.Thursday 30th June 2016 – 7-9pm at Taigh Chearsabhagh Lesions on the Landscape exhibition – project talk on Hand Memory with Jon, Paula, Anthropologist Dr Stephanie Bunn of St Andrew’s University and Basketmaker Dawn Susan.

Dementia Awareness Week Scotland 30th May – 5th June 16

  • Upstream Project visit – Dementia Friends session for Airport staff and Alzheimer Scotland Transport reminiscence session.
  • Also Andy Hyde speaking at Alzheimer Scotland Local Branch AGM 31st May 7-9pm.
  • Playlist for Life session at WIH and personal digital technology uploading support for patients. Final planning meeting for this takes place on Weds 18th May 2016 at the Stornoway Health Board office. Also Gaelic proverb sessions at care centres, leading up to decal lettering being made up for walls.

Mid April – commencement of 6, weekly Dementia Cafes at Western Isles Hospital – A collaboration between this project, NHS and Alzheimer Scotland. Started Tues 19th April then Tuesdays 26th April , 3rd May, 10th May, 17th May, 24th May, 31st May, .Thursday 30th June. 

Tuesday 24th May 16 at 12 noon, chat on Isles FM about the project with Sheila and Donald.

Tues 17th May -Life Changes Trust gathering in Perth.

Weds 11th May am – Solas supported preview visit to Museum Nan Eilean
pm- Blar Buidhe visit to Museum Nan Eilean
Met Myra Lamont – Dementia Advisor from Life Changes Trust

CARERS’ HIGH TEA AT AN LANNTAIR STARTING THURSDAY 25TH FEB then last Thursday of March and April. In collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland. Thursday April 28th.

Weds 4th May Blar Buidhe supported preview visit to the Museum Nan Eilean

Tuesday 3rd May Upstream visit – Session at Solas on Transport Reminiscence and meeting at Stornoway Airport.

Weds 27th April 2pm storytelling with Donald Saunders at Blar Buidhe.

Fri 1st April 2016 1.00-3pm  – Alzheimer Scotland Dementia friendly cafe in Ness – meeting carers and presenting the project to them. Postponed from 4th December 2015.

Thursday 31st March – Carers Group at An Lanntair.14th/15th/16th March 2016 – Twilling Tweeds workshops at An Lanntair, in order to teach new skills to practitioners working with people across the islands living with dementia.

Thurs 17th March 2016 (and continuing for some weeks) Twilling Tweed Workshops in the community with Adil Iqbal.
AM at Solas Day Centre, PM Harris House both with Jon Macleod (unless weather prevents).

Throughout January/Feb 2016 – Group visits to An Lanntair to view the Twilling Tweeds Exhibition in advance of the workshops and sessions.

Saturday 20th Feb – Scottish Opera brings #operahighlights tour in bite size format to Harris House, Tarbert.

Tuesday 23rd Feb 2016 – Life Changes Trust Meeting in Perth – we are presenting our project to all 14 award winners!

Thursday 25th Feb – Meeting Sheila Robertson from An Talla Solais at An Lanntair

Fri 26th Feb: Joanna Wright from Ullapool Visual Arts, An Talla Solais visit to meet with us about our project, and with Elly Fletcher and to look at what our project does.

Thursday 18th Feb – Recording a Gaelic culture podcast at Wee Studio.

Wednesday 17th February 2-4pm Retirement Centre – Tea and IT – supporting the session and enjoying the opportunity with Maggie Smith

Tuesday 16th Feb 11am – Blar Buidhe and Dun Eisdean Care Centres with Mary Smith (traditional spinning with Wool Group artefacts) and Maggie Smith (Gaelic).
Tuesday 16th Feb 12:30 Project presentation to the Rotary Club Tuesday Lunchtime

Monday  15th Feb – Meeting Rachael Lennon from MacTV

Sat 13th Feb – Visit to Harris Distillery for reminiscence items meeting.

Friday 12th Feb – Met Andy Mackinnon again re programming/outreach/popups in the Spring

Thursday 11th Feb – Cyanotype printing at Cobhair Bharraigh (Castlebay, Barra) in the sunshine.

Weds 10th-Fri 12th Feb – delivering Dementia Friends Awareness in Uist/Barra with Alzheimer Scotland and looking into Dementia Cafes on Uist. Meeting  businesses on the islands, raising awareness and presenting the project to them. Maggie Smith is recording interviews with islanders for future sharing in reminiscence boxes and podcasts.

Weds 10th Feb – Met Andy Mackinnon briefly at Taigh Chearsabhagh re community events across the South Isles from the relevant programming. Planned a second meeting for Friday.

Tuesday 9th Feb 2016 am, Solas Day Centre- Alzheimer Scotland –  also Duneisdean – Maggie Smith presenting reminiscence artefacts with Angus Murray of Museum CNES and museum artefacts.

Fri 5th Feb AM – training in delivering Dementia Friends sessions and catch up meeting at Alzheimer Scotland, Bells Rd.

Thurs 4th Feb – Met Denise Symington, Jimmy Myles and Donald MacSween at Western Isles Hospital re reminiscence and project popup, Dementia Cafe popup in the hospital also the possibility of a hospital ceilidh.

28th January 2016 – Musical Memories at Tarbert suported by music and Gaelic singing and also a session at Harris House. Maggie Smith and Donnie Morrison

W/B 25th Jan 2016 – In Shetland for Up Helly Aa and taking the opportunity of meeting key people from health/housing/arts to introduce the project and find out about the work being done in Shetland relating to dementia.

21st Jan 2016 PM – Paula & Jon attended and presented the project to – Island Focus on Dementia Improvement Programme

20th Jan 16 – Presented project to Michelle Miller, National Improvement Lead, Focus on Dementia national improvement programme with the Scottish Government.

Thurs 14th Jan – Meeting Kathleen Milne from the Library about our box reminiscence scheme.
Blar Buidhe Care Centre – Maggie Smith Chat and songs in Gaelic

Friday 15th January – Rcording our first Gaelic Toolkit podcast at Wee Studio

 New Year– Nicolson Institute Gaelic Choir mini tour of songs from the National Mod around Stornoway Care Centres.

7th January 2016  – Swimming at Grianan trial session – closed session. Please see Paula for details.

DEEP guide auditorium flyer

Library session invitation

29th December 2015 – Dun Eisdean Songs and tunes with Roddy MacDonald

Thurs 17th December – Christmas Ceilidh at Blar Buidhe. Dancers, piper, accordian, music, singing, food and drink.

15th December 2015 – Musical Memories Christmas at Tarbert supported by Maggie with Solas Day Centre.

14th December 15 – It’s a Wonderful Life film – An Lanntair Auditorium 2pm-3.30pm. Film available to loan to care centres – contact Paula.

2nd December – Films and tunes with Roddy MacDonald at Leverburgh Care Home and Harris House

Friday 27th Nov 15 – Intergenerational IT master class with young volunteers. Skype, emailing and Spotify Playlists. Closed session – please contact Paula for further information as this can be replicated elsewhere.

Thursday 26th Nov 15 – Maggie Smith Supported Tarbert Musical Memories Group with Gaelic songs and traditional music and held a session at Harris House

Food festival, film festival, seasonal baking, gentle movement and dance with colour-changing lights, Gaelic chat and conversation, traditional music, singing and ceilidhs, exhibition visits, Auditorium events, poetry, word collage, storytelling, life story telling, wax and watercolour, bubble art, Cyanotype printing, poetry reading, violin recital, Gaelic choir, dancers, intergenerational demonstrations, swimming.

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