Green Health Week walk

Green Health Week takes place from 14th – 22th  May Green Health Week is part of NatureScot’s ‘Our Natural Health Service’ initiative highlighting that everyone, regardless of age, ability or other circumstances, should be able to access Scotland’s fantastic natural environment, and in doing so, improve their health and well-being. Across Scotland a range of …

Getting There!

Social prescribing? Green care? Heather Lodge, in association with the Mary Davies Trust, has attracted funding from the Scottish Government’s ‘Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund’, as reported in February’s Voice for Arran. The project is called ‘Getting There!’ Here’s a bit more detail. https://voiceforarran.com/issue-130/getting-there/ Nine qualified therapists will be offering a range of mainly …

Getting There!

New opportunities for mental health, well-being and resilience at Heather Lodge As we emerge from the pandemic there is a growing realisation that much has changed in the last two years. Health Services, already under huge pressures by 2020, have taken a hit, with longer waiting lists and difficulties for people accessing services. Our collective …

Arran Well-Being Cafe is looking for volunteers

Can you help at the Arran Well-Being cafes? Arran Well-Being CIC are looking for volunteers: Arran Well-Being CIC run the Well-Being cafes in Lamlash, Brodick and Shiskine and our next Cafe will open in Corrie and Sannox Village Hall on Monday 14th February from 2.00 to 4.00pm. Do you know someone who would enjoy coming …

The Stroll With It Arran health walks are back

The Stroll with It Arran! health walks began again on Tuesday 25th January. Here is the programme for the walks coming up in the next few weeks. Please note that pre-booking will be required as previously, and people will be asked to take a lateral flow test beforehand if possible. Contact Diana on diana.ecosavvy@gmail.com or …

Freedom takes practice

By Vishwam Heckert Published on 27th December 2021 in Bella Caledonia Probably as readers of Bella Caledonia, we all want to live in a free Scotland. But what does that mean? And is independence enough for that to happen? Perhaps that day we’re all waiting for is just one step on the great road of …

Paradise Lost – Memory, Health Inequality and Injustice

First published on The People’s Republic of Escotia website on November 9th 2021. Co-authored and shared with the Voice by reader Christina Quarrell. For the full article follow the link at the bottom of the page. In today’s article Christina and John explore our relationships with our memories. The article builds from a recent piece …

Stroll with It Arran! Health Walks

Welcome to Stroll with It Arran! Health Walks Walking is a great way to stay healthy and get fitter as well as being good for our mental health. If you would like to walk more, build up your confidence and explore Arran, joining a health walk could be the answer. This summer the Stroll with …

We had forgotten that we are ecological beings

If farmers can learn such ways from nature what about the rest of us? An article by Patrick M. Lydon, May 2020, first published in Yes! Magazine.  Featured image: Heron #5 – Sumiyoshi Koen, Osaka, Japan. Credit Patrick M. Lydon It’s afternoon in the middle of the work week, and our local park is filled …

Well-Being Cafes to open on Arran

By Jennie Morrison-Cowan Last month Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran wrote about the research being carried out by Alzheimer’s Research UK “The Brain Health Campaign”. In it she mentions the need to stay active and keep engaged. To that end, Arran Well-Being – for healthy hearts and minds – has been set up …