Thursday, 30 November 2017

Isle of Whithorn Youth Club - Food Tasting "I'm a Celebrity" style!

Last night the members of the older youth group at the Isle of Whithorn entered into a food eating challenge based on "I'm a Celebrity". The young people were split into 2 teams and were set 14 different food challenges.

The challenges included such delights as Chocolate Sprouts, Stinky fish (Anchovies), Jellied worms (Spaghetti) and coloured Boiled Eggs. Although a bit of a problem for some, everyone did really well and Snake Rock came out the winners and have chosen to cook Chicken Wraps at the next Healthy Eating event in 2018.

Great fun for all and thanks to the youth worker volunteers Kay and Cassie for their assistance.

Building Healthy Communities Machars Evaluation

This month, Building Healthy Communities Machars have been evaluating the effects of attending the Health Initiatives that are run in the area. The Initiatives aim to improve Health and Wellbeing, Socialisation and reduce Loneliness and Isolation.
Please read the comments below re the benefits of joining a community group. (click on images to view in full size)

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Isle of Whithorn Dancercise - quotes from members

Following on from the video posted 2 weeks ago, here are some great quotes from the members of the Dancercise group at the Isle of Whithorn:

"Helps with exercise routine and socialising, having fun"

"Missed quite a lot of classes due to illness but was welcomed back with such enthusiasm it really helps in your recovery. Living alone, it is very encouraging to have a group of friends. This class ticks all the boxes. Fun, friends and fitness."

"When I started Pam’s classes I had not much movement in my knee owing to arthritis, still have a bit of restriction but lots better."

"Meeting up with friends, enjoying the exercise, having a laugh, meeting new people, lovely venue and coffee"

"It always gives me a boost both physically and mentally".

"Keeps me fit and moving, have made new friends and definitely feel better for it. Hate to miss a week for really do benefit from it both socially and physically."

"The exercise helps me to maintain mobility and assists weight loss, essential in easing arthritis & type 2 diabetes controls."

"Recovering from hip op, is helping to move."

"I am neither a dancer nor an exerciser and started attending with some apprehension. However it is a relaxed and pleasant session and I am enjoying it very much. I am elderly and live alone so it not only keeps me moving but provides social contacts as well."

"We have a coffee before class (some do this after) and have a natter and catch up. Problems and pains & people all get sorted out."

Login & Connect - quotes from members & video clip

The members of the Login & Connect took part in an evaluation of the group and were able to score its effectiveness and benefits. The feedback was very positive and included quotes such as:

"Everyone’s very helpful. I have learned a lot of information - thank you"

"No matter what you cannot do on the computer the guys will help you resolve the problem"

"BHC staff/volunteers are helpful at fixing problems with machines"

"Makes me feel good helping others"

"Made me more confident"

"The class is very good I find everyone very helpful. I have made a lot of good friends"

"It’s making folks well – when you are on your own it’s uplifting. I don’t have a gadget but I come for the company."

"I get so much out of this group and all are very helpful."

"Attending BHC initiatives and activities has given me something to look forward to every week, meeting lots of new friends and helpers who are all so friendly, helpful - thank you."

You can view a quick clip of last week's by clicking here

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Isle of Whithorn Art Group

Yesterday, the members were visited by Samantha and Nathalie and took part in a 3 to 6 months evaluation.  Their feedback was very positive.  Comments showed the social and health benefits they have gained since attending the group, such as:
It makes me be more sociable and gets me out of the house.  I always feel better after having been to the class.
Lot less depressed, more outgoing, not had to go to Dr's last 4 months.  Made lots of new friends and interests.
The group is very friendly and helpful and it's nice to get out and meet people.  Plus to show that not all teenagers play on phones all day!
We keep in touch outside the group and take part in shows and exhibitions.  I have not visited the doctor in the last 9 months.  I have benefitted greatly from the group.
Below are the various projects the members were working on.

Monday Club - 6th November

This week at the Monday Club, the members made Christmas Cards. Lynn Wheatley and Lesley Bradley-Brophy (BHC Volunteer) provided materials to make Christmas Cards. All the cards made looked wonderful. 

At our next meeting, Monday 20th November, Shona Powell, local Yoga Instructor, has kindly agreed to deliver a taster session.  We will also be planning our programme for 2018. Everyone is welcome.


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Isle of Whithorn Dancercise Routine!!

Today, as part of an evaluation, the members kindly agreed to showcase one of their dance routines.  Some members attend on a regular basis and some as and when they can, but as the video shows everyone gave a great performance.
To view the video, click here

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Login & Connect - visit from Visibility UK

Members of the Login & Connect Group were given an insight into accessible technology last week.  Several helpers from a local charity - Charlotte, Tommy and Annette - who themselves have sight loss, were on hand to demonstrate how they can use tablets, computers and phones even if they cannot see the screen at all.

Using a combination of Siri (talking to the phone), VoiceOver (the phone talking to you) and built-in features that enable you to zoom and magnify, the three Visibility helpers shared with those in attendance how they've adjusted to life with low vision by saying 'Aye' to iPads and getting clever about their smartphone.  Visibility staff member Craig MacLagan also demonstrated some accessible apps to the group.  These free additions can enable phones to scan and recognise text, which can then be read back to the user, or help when shopping by scanning barcodes and relaying what the item is aloud.

Visibility, one of Scotland's oldest charities, offers a 'Try Before You Buy' scheme in Dumfries & Galloway and has a number of iPads and iPhones which can be loaned for a month to anyone with sight and/or hearing loss who wishes to learn how to use this technology but doesn't currently have the means to practice or learn.  Staff and supporters from Visibility will be at the meetings on 8th November and 13th December to offer specific advice and tuition for anyone living with, or interested in, sight loss and how to get the most out of accessible technology.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Falls Prevention Exercises for Older People

Following from the Older People's Day, last Monday 2nd October, below is a link for 6 simple exercises you can do in your own home, as recommended by Physiotherapists, to help your muscles stay strong. To view video, click here

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Dancercise - Newton Stewart

A well attended and vibrant session of dancercise was held yesterday at the Newton Stewart Centre.

Tutor Pam guided the group through a variety of dances to encourage movement and enjoyment.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Wednesday Mornings, 11.30 - 12.30.

Login & Connect - Newton Stewart

Yesterday was a busy morning with lots of little problems coming to the group including loss of Facebook page, problems connecting phones and a very slow Laptop. At the end of the session, most people went away happy after a productive and very social morning.

Login & Connect is on every Wednesday at the Newton Stewart Centre, (the hut) from 10.30 - 12.30.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Monday Club - Healthy Eating Workshop

On Monday, the members of the club had an opportunity to cook Chicken and Chorizo Pasta from scratch.
After an introductory talk, everyone gathered their ingredients and cooked with impressive and tasty results. It was a really good session!  The recipe is below.

Chicken and Chorizo Pasta
Ingredients per person: 
3ozs cooked pasta
Tbs olive oil
3ozs cooked chicken breast sliced
1 oz chorizo chopped
1 clove garlic
1/2 red chilli
1/2 red onion
1/4 red pepper
4 or 5 cherry tomatoes
3oz crème fraiche
Tsp red pesto
Splash lemon juice.

Heat oil in pan and cook chorizo and chicken for 3 to 4 minutes so oils are released and chicken browns.
Roughly chop onions and peppers, finely chop garlic and chilli. add to pan and cook for 3 - 4 mins.
Add tomatoes and cook until skins start to burst.
Add crème fraiche, pesto and lemon. cook through.
Add pasta, and toss in mixture until warmed through. Serve!

The next meeting of the Monday Club is 23rd October!