Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care public event 2nd Nov 2016

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care
Public Engagement Event
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Main reception Lorn & Islands Hospital, Oban
3.30pm to 6.30pm
Come along and speak to staff from the Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership regarding the interim move of mental health services from the Argyll & Bute Hospital to the Mid Argyll Community Hospital.
See the plans for the new mental health inpatient unit
All questions and concerns will be taken on board.
All Welcome.

Herbal Walks this summer in Benderloch

I am delighted to share the following dates that Clare Holohan of West Highland Herbal will be leading Herbal Walks from Kintaline Farm Benderloch

Thursday May 5th, from 3 – 5 pm
Thursday June 16th from 3 – 5 pm
Saturday July 23rd (and you will be able to have some Fibre fun before hand at the Victory Halls, Benderloch with the Woolfeis Fibre Jamboree.

This event aims to introduce the amazing variety of medicinal herbs available to us around Benderloch on the West Coast of Scotland.
Led by local experienced medical herbalist, Clare Holohan, we will see a variety of herbs and plants for culinary and medicinal use.
The walk is suitable for people of all ages.
You can identify and learn more about common wild plants, their medicinal action and current uses, historical use and folklore.
We will discuss responsible foraging, harvesting and preparation.
You will be amazed at how many useful plants can be found in a variety of habitats, we are sure to find a great selection of interesting plants to meet and get to know.
Please wear suitable footwear and dress for the weather!

The walk will begin and end at Kintaline farm.
The cost is £15 per person.
Contact Clare for booking on 07903 922781 or email
Spaces are limited to book early to avoid disappointment.

Everyone Together – Social Care event 28th April

An event for all of us concerned with Social Care!
“Life changing” “Opened my eyes to what is really possible” “Very practical and useful” “Everyone could take part” “All events should be like this !! “ “Inspirational”
Everyone Together connects people who live and work in the same local area, exploring what they need and want from their support, learning together how to organise that differently.
• Discover how new ideas can help you have more control over the support you need in the pathways you choose, if you are using services or support or if you are a family member, carer, support-worker or other professional,
• Meet and learn with others from your local area, leave with a plan and a direction that makes sense to you.
• Find out what’s possible and how SMALL CHANGES can lead to BIG DIFFERENCES .
Venue: Corran Halls, Esplanade Court, Oban PA34 5AB
Date: Thursday 28th APRIL
Time: 10 am until 4 pm
Good news – This is a Powerpoint free zone. We have a “not putting anyone on the spot policy” – engage in whatever way is most comfortable for you
Organised by Oban Area SDS Chat Group, supported by North Argyll Carers Centre, Community Contacts and Oban Disability Forum with Everyone Together – a mixed-up group of people (in the right way!) who use services and work in them.
Everyone Together is funded by the Scottish Government to help develop new ideas in Self-directed Support

Alexander technique lessons – Benderloch – 5-7 March 2016

Book your lessons now – see times below

Alexander Technique

AT is such a powerful technique, yet so gentle. Over the last 10 years we and others in the local area have found benefits for

  • stress
  • back pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • ME
  • hypertensio
  • musical performance
  • teaching performance
  • physical occupations
  • theatre performance
  • sports performance – especially running & riding
  • arthritis
  • post operative recovery
  • effective use

Hilary Cook is returning to Argyll in March 2016
Hilary only has a few days here, so please book your lesson in good time to avoid disappointment.
email to book (


Herbs for Health Workshop : Clare Holohan

Herbs for Health and Wellness

Saturday 28th March 2014 10am-3.30pm

Cost: £30

Benderloch Victory Hall

With Herbalist Clare Holohan

This event aims to introduce the 5 keys to good health and offers tips and techniques for keeping yourself healthy.

We will start with a talk and discussion of these key points followed by a short foraging session (weather permitting!) You can then try your hand at making some delicious and healthy wild foraged dishes. This is a great time of year to think about spring tonics and this topic should feature highly on the list.

Lunch is pot luck so please bring something to contribute to a shared lunch.

To book your place please contact Clare directly on 07903 922781 or email, spaces are limited so do book in advance!

LNHG midweek field trip, String of Lorn

Time: July 30, 2013 from 10am to 3pm
Location: NW of Dalavich
Event Type: natural history field trip
Organized By: Lorn Natural History Group
Event Description
Meet at the start of the String of Lorn footpath (the old drovers’ road) on the Loch Avich road at NM 938 153, opposite Lochavich House. Bring a packed lunch. We will follow the track to Loch na Sreinge where we will look for dragonflies and water plants including Awlwort, the underwater crucifer, which was recorded there in 1990. Lunch at the loch. Optional afternoon tea at the Wild Rowan cafe in Dalavich.

Improved care for Scottish chronic pain sufferers

Scot Gov to look at improving care for chronic pain sufferers..
All local health boards to have an ” action plan” in place by the end of this year.
Lets hope that includes a genuine place for the complementary therapies which often give far more effective relief than sledge hammer, addictive drugs with nasty side effects, but are out of reach of so many through cost.