Arran Well-Being Cafes – dates in June

The Arran Well-Being Cafes are being held indoors and our thanks go to ACVS for the use of the gazebo and COAST, Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club and Ormidale park for allowing us to use their facilities.

The Cafes are now being held in the following venues from 2.00 to 4.00pm:

Lamlash Church Hall on Wednesday 2 June
Shiskine Village Hall on Wednesday 16 June – The Sensory Impairment Support Group will also be attending
Ormidale Park on Wednesday 23 June

The Sensory Impairment Support Group (SISG), contracted by North Ayrshire Council, will be attending a number of cafes over the year. They will be offering advice and support for people who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as those who are visually impaired. They will use the Cafes as a hub so if you need help with new hearing aid batteries, cleaning of mould or renewal of tuning please call in.

We have families who visit every cafe and everyone is welcome especially those with memory problems and/or dementia or if you just want to get out of the house to meet some new faces.

Arran Well-Being – for healthy hearts and minds 

Well-Being Cafes will be held in three different locations rotating on a weekly basis between Lamlash, Brodick and Blackwaterfoot. These Cafes are for people who have had a diagnosis of dementia and their Care Partner as well as people who have felt lonely and isolated over the past year.

Arran Well-Being offers several different therapies that help to keep your brain healthy, supporting emotional and memory well-being, an approach that considers the well-being of both the person diagnosed and their Care Partner. We see the Cafes as providing the opportunity for the development of social interactions, helping create a kind of safety net in a world of uncertainty. The need for inclusion is a natural part of society and even more so in the past year. Being part of a community through the Cafes helps individuals to feel wanted and recognised, providing support to each other. The Cafes will provide the opportunity for music, singing, exercise, reminiscence and horticulture as well as arts and craft with experienced volunteers/therapists who can also guide people in the right direction for further support.

Arran Well-Being see the purpose of the cafes as:
“A focal point where families come together in order to create communities which emphasise relationships, socialisation and sharing”.

Please watch out for posters and leaflets around Arran in the forthcoming weeks advertising the various events however, should you wish to learn more or to volunteer please contact Jennie Morrison-Cowan on 07983 448511


View of Arran from Ayr. Photo credit: VisitScotland/Kenny Lam