Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Boccia and New Age Curling - Newton Stewart

Yesterday saw an incredibly competitive session at the Activity and Resource Centre in Newton Stewart as the 2 teams battled for supremacy.

The Blues thrashed the Reds, even though the red team put up a gallant effort. The games were played with great enthusiasm and enjoyment by all.


The red team will be up for revenge next week!!

Pets as Therapy - Activity Resource Centre, Newton Stewart

Last Wednesday was Ben and Alyson's first visit to the ARC in Newton Stewart and what a success it was.

All the people who were there, some stating that they were scared of dogs, had a hug, cuddle and stroke with Ben, who was on his best behaviour and brought smiles and laughter to everyone involved.


Huge thanks to Alyson for allowing Ben to be shared with the community. (click on photos to enlarge)

SQA Preparing to Volunteer - BHC and CLD Partnership Working

Last week was the final week for the participants on this course, run by BHC Staff in Partnership with CLD.

Of the 9 candidates who started the course, 6 have completed their portfolios and these are being assessed.

Since the start of the course, 2 people have gained part-time employment, 1 person has joined BHC as a volunteer and is actively involved in the "Login and Connect" Initiative and all 6 have reported an increase in their confidence levels.

If there is anyone out there who thinks they would benefit from such a course, then please contact Susan Brown, Community Learning Assistant on 01988 500364.

Monday, 27 March 2017

BHC Machars' newest volunteers: Ben & Alyson from "Pets As Therapy"

We are delighted to introduce you to Ben and Alyson, the newest addition to BHC Machars volunteers' team.

In June 2016, Ben and Alyson became registered as Pets As Therapy Visitors, having reached the high standards required.

Alyson worked for 33 years as a physiotherapist with disabled adults and children and has recently moved in the Machars to run a small farm.  However Alyson wishes to continue her volunteering work for Pets As Therapy and we are delighted to help her do so through BHC.
Ben is a four year old Border/Beardie cross.  He is a working dog and when he is not working the sheep, he loves swimming in the sea and chasing Frisbees.  He is very friendly and loves meeting people.

So far Ben and Alyson have visited the residents from Cornwall Park and will start their fortnightly visit to the members of the Activity Resource Centre in Newton Stewart on Wednesday 29th March 2017.

What is Pet As Therapy?
Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983 which enhances the health & wellbeing in the community through visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed PAT Pets.
They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools, mainstream schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.
Their therapeutic visits:
Enhance lives in the communities by providing companionship and friendship which helps to tackle loneliness.
Improve the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as Autism, Dementia and Stroke by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.
Improve literacy in children by developing their confidence, interest and enjoyment in reading through their "read2dogs" scheme.

For further information on their services please visit: petsastherapy.org

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Monday Club- Sewing Workshop

The theme for this weeks Monday Club was Sewing Workshop with Linda Woodfield, Linda has a workshop studio in Newton Stewart and sells bespoke textile items and also run various group classes, Linda brought in material and sewing equipment and gave the Monday group a choice to make either a chick an egg or a bauble, most of the group made chicks one member made an Easter egg. Linda first demonstrated the making of each item. The morning was successful and was enjoyed by all.



At our next Monday Club meeting on 3rd April we are having a Heartstart  Course (Emergency Life Skills).


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Monday Club - Memory Lane

Today Monday Club members brought in items from their past. Christine brought in a coat which is a 1940's Beaver Swagger style coat. Doreen brought in a dress that she wore in the 1950's with a lovely flower detail necklace. The World War 2 medals were Christine's dads also his demo certificate was read out to us. Very informative.

Thank you to all the members who brought in photos we had a good time guessing who they were.

Christine also had a Relay for Life table setup she had made homemade mince pies for 50p each, which where very popular and sold out. Christine was also selling knitted Easter chicks with a chocolate egg as the body, also sold out. Well done Christine!!

At our next Monday Club meeting on 20th March we will have Linda Woodfield. Linda will be doing a sewing workshop with us.

Samantha is also in the process of organising our next programme for April to July, it will be with us soon. Keep an eye out for the posters and programme.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Hearstart Course - Isle of Whithorn

8 members of the Dancercise and Art Group as well as one member of the public took part in a Heartstart Course last week, delivered by David Hirst and Peter Parker..
The free 2 hour course covered what to do with someone who:
  • Is unconscious
  • Has stooped breathing
  • Is chocking
  • Is bleeding
It also includes how to recognise if someone is having a heart attack or failure and how to us a Defibrillator.

Everyone enjoyed the course which they successfully completed. 

Thanks to St Ninian's Church for the use of the hall

Food Train Shoppers - Volunteering Opportunity

Food train are looking for shoppers to support their programme in the community. For further details, see poster below:

click on poster to enlarge

Monday, 20 February 2017

Monday Club - Healthy Cooking Workshop

The Monday club were treated to a Healthy Cooking Workshop, run by Dave from Building Healthy Communities.

There was a short talk and a demonstration as to how to cook a quick, delicious and healthy stir fry, before all the members had a go for themselves.

Another really good session with some very positive comments. "Very Tasty" "Didn't think it would be so easy"

A copy of the recipe is posted below!

Oyster Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles

Sliced chicken (about 3 oz/75gms)
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Small piece of ginger, sliced
Light soy sauce
Any combination of thinly sliced vegetables
pre-cooked Egg noodles or rice noodles (gluten free alternative), 
2 tbs Oyster Sauce
Pinch of 5 spice powder
Water to mix

1.    Slice and marinate the chicken with garlic, ginger and soy sauce.
2.    Pre-cook the noodles, drain and cool, then drizzle with a little oil and soy sauce.
3.    Chop the vegetables finely.
4.    Heat wok/pan and stir fry the chicken for 1 to 2 minutes or until white.  Remove from wok/pan.
5.    Add the vegetables to the wok/pan with a little oil and fry for 1 min.
6.    Add oyster sauce and the 5 spice powder and stir fry for a further 3 minutes.
7.    Add the noodles, chicken and a little water to stop the noodles sticking to the pan. Combine and serve!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Group dance at Dancercise, Isle of Whithorn

To have a good look at all the elegance involved in Dancercise, with the excellent Pam Paterson, click here. This should take you to the video.

Well done to all the members of the group for such a great performance!!!