The Importance of Reflection for our Health and Well-being

A piece by Sally Campbell In 1987 Wendell Berry, poet, farmer, philosopher wrote a piece for Harper’s magazine on “Why I am not going to buy a computer”. His wife typed his books on a typewriter bought in 1956 and as a farmer he did almost all his work with horses and as a writer …

RNIB helpline available in Ayrshire

A free telephone counselling service for people affected by sight loss in Ayrshire is available. ‘Need to Talk’, which offers free counselling and confidence-building support, is run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland (RNIB). Through the project, people are helped to come to terms with sight loss, or that of a family …

Preventing Suicide

Local MSP Kenneth Gibson writes here about a new panel that the Scottish government has set up to help people affected by suicide.  On World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2019, the SNP Government announced a new panel to inform and educate on ways to prevent suicide. The Lived Experiences Panel will be made up …

New dates released for free cancer course in Ayrshire

This year, leading cancer charity Penny Brohn UK hosted free support courses for people living with cancer and their close supporter at Dumfries House near Cumnock in Ayrshire. Following positive feedback and record number of attendees the charity has released new dates for a fourth course at the recently opened Health and Wellbeing Centre at …

Running for Neil McNicol

On 22nd September, local Arran lady Sarah Thomson will be running the Scottish 10K in Edinburgh raising funds for British Heart Foundation in memory of one of her best friends, Neil McNicol, who sadly died before his 60th birthday last year. Sarah has set up a Just Giving page to help raise money for the …

Prioritising Wellness

By local MSP Kenneth Gibson In a speech to the Technology, Entertainment. Design (TED) Summit in Edinburgh on 24 July, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP advocated for a focus on policies that promote wellbeing and not just economic growth, to help address the rise of alienation and disaffection from politics. In a world of growing …

An evening seminar on ‘Understanding Dementia’

The dementia charity Playlist for Life and researchers from the Centre for Dementia Prevention at Edinburgh University are visiting Arran for an evening event, on Monday 9th September at 7pm in Brodick Hall. Andy Lowndes from Playlist for Life told the Voice, “I will be visiting Arran as ‘The Music Detective’ talking about Playlist for …

Harnessing the Power of Music in Dementia Care

In this article, local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on the work of the charity Playlist for Life, and tells of the effect music has on people living with dementia as well as on their carers. Music is everywhere and an important part of our lives. The charity Playlist for Life is the country’s leading music …

End of Life Doula Training at Heather Lodge

End of Life Doula Course • Hosted by the Red Tent Doula Preparation at Heather Lodge, Brodick Monday 9th – Friday 13th September 2019 This is a 5 day special training which merges our 3 day training and 2 days of workshops into one place; the price below does not include accommodation or food, our …