Two more preview trips to the Museum and Lovely Myra

I met Myra Lamont today, who volunteers for Life Changes Trust and is a volunteer member of  NDCAN

She was in the area to support carers and I was lucky enough to spend some time with her today, when she came along to the Museum trip with Solas and stayed to have a lunch meeting with me at An Lanntair.

I learned so much from Myra, her information was invaluable and I’ll be working on one of her ideas in the immediate future.

Meanwhile, the group from Solas loved the Museum preview trip. There were ten people with dementia, 5 staff plus volunteers and myself plus Myra.

The next group came from Blar Buidhe care Centre (having heard about how much people enjoyed it last week, another group wanted to come). Margaret Anne took great pride in being able to read Gaelic and another lady was so high in her standard of Gaelic, that she was able to correct some Museum resources! It was a beautiful day, too.


I’m on Shetland for Up Helly Aa this week, checking out project-related teams, projects and organisations.

I checked out the Mareel Cafe before my meetings, for my first Matcha tea. I felt healthier just looking at it!

I loved the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource centre. It has a lovely kitchen for meetings around the table. I met Alan Murdoch, Dementia Services Nurse Manager, Ann Williamson and the community activities organiser. We had a brilliant discussion about Faro and the differences and similarities between island dementia services. I presented the project and we discussed developing the ideas more widely.

In the afternoon, I met Camille from the Scottish Health Council and we discussed the project and Health Improvement, we also shared ideas about how to use the voices of the people involved in our project to inform policymakers.

Dementia Friends sessions at An Lanntair today

The An Lanntair team was the very first in the Western Isles to benefit from a Dementia Friends session today.

Fiona Macleod is the brand new Dementia Advisor for Alzheimer Scotland and she delivered our morning and afternoon awareness sessions with Geraldine Ditta, who flew over from Inverness (despite high winds and heavy rain) for us today.

The sessions involved a lot of myth-busting, information, discussion, practical work and plenty of tea/coffee and cake.

We learned about living well with dementia, how important community is and what we can do as a team in our work environment to support people living in our community with dementia.


Photos : Fiona Macleod & Paula Brown

Dementia Friends Sessions

Dementia Friends are offering awareness sessions at An Lanntair, in the Art Room for staff and volunteers on Weds 9th December at 11am and 2pm.

Please come along and learn what we can do as an organisation and individuals to support people living in the community with dementia.

Tea/Coffee and cake provided!


alternative process photography workshops on monday with mhairi law


Here’s Mhairi’s Stornoway Harbour albumin print as part of hers and Pat Law’s and Ian Stephen’s collaboration Eilean/Island, which ends on 25th October.

Mhairi is coming to Solas Day Centre and Harris House on Monday 26th October to offer workshops with cyanotypes. Can’t wait!

Jane Hepburn & Ian Stephen


We were treated to a beautiful session of live music from Jane Hepburn and poetry/storytelling from Ian Stephen today at An Lanntair Auditorium, all set to local image projections, which added to the mood of the occasion immensely.

Food Festival event at Alzheimer Scotland Solas Day Centre


All of the team worked hard at Solas Day Centre today, collaborating with Health Promotion, Alzheimer Scotland, Cllr Alistair Maclennon, Cllr Alasdair Macleod, Maggie Mackenzie, Hebridean Connections, Ness Historical Society and the wonderful Tech Team recording sound for us from An Lanntair. Maggie Smith offered some Gaelic conversation, some songs and her wonderful melodeon playing and even helped out in the kitchen! Jon Macleod provided a brilliant slide show of interesting food-related images and took some photographs. He made some carrageen pudding as well. I did some cooking and then did some butter making with some people who used to do this regularly to show how hand memory can support almost forgotten skills. Tristan ap Rheinallt from Hebridean Connections brought some wonderful food related artefacts from Ness Historical Society and we all enjoyed a tasting menu of local delicacies (salt meat and fish, black and white puddings, potatoes) plus barley soup made from our collaboration recipe, fresh local bread and several puddings including ‘real’ custard with rhubarb, duff, carrageen pudding, rice pudding, scones, shortbread, crowdie and cream. After our meal, Cllr Alasdair Macleod and Maggie Mackenzie gave a lively talk on local foods such as ceann croppaig, razor clams (and a particular way of harvesting them), salt herring and offered some home made examples to take away. Solas staff and volunteers were, as usual, amazing.

Thank you to everyone involved.