Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Pets as Therapy update

Alyson, BHC Volunteer, along with Ben, BHC's "one and only" Pet Volunteer, have been very busy visiting the residents of Cumloden Manor as well as the members of the Activity Resource Centre.

They have also recently started the "Read2Dogs" scheme in one of the local Primary Schools by visiting fortnightly and providing support to 3 pupils. The scheme provides comfort, encourages positive social behaviours, enhances self-esteem, motivates speech and inspires young people to have fun.

As well as volunteering, Ben also works hard on the farm but always finds time for some well deserved fun!  Here he is below sitting on a motorbike and chilling in the snow in his new onesie! 



Thursday, 1 February 2018

NHS Board Member Recruitment

Board Member Recruitment - Want to make a difference to the NHS in your local community?
Why? The NHS impacts on everyone’s lives at one time or another and this could be your chance to get involved in improving, sustaining and protecting the health of the local population.
What’s involved? NHS Dumfries and Galloway is looking for two people to join its Board. These are challenging, rewarding and worthwhile opportunities that will take up around 8 hours a week and last for up to 4 years in the first instance. In return, you will be paid £8,251 a year. You will also get reasonable travel and subsistence costs, dependent carer expenses and support to help you carry out your duties.
Can I apply?  We want to hear from people with a diverse range of skills, backgrounds and knowledge. You do not need to be a health expert or have previous experience of being on a Board. You do need to have a commitment to helping us improve the health and wellbeing of the people living in Dumfries and Galloway.
If this is you, we would like to hear from you.
If you are appointed you will receive training and support to develop your skills and to learn any new skills you may require.
How do I find out more? More information on these roles can be found at the public appointments website: or by calling 0300 244 1898 (Freephone). Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 9 February 2018.

Monday Club - Future Activities

Wigtown Cancer Support Group

The Wigtown Cancer Support Group meet on the First Friday of every Month. The group is open to all people who have experienced cancer, either themselves or as carers. Please view the info below.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Walk at the Kirroughtree Visitor Centre 2nd February

Movemore in association with Building Healthy Communities are offering a Free Walk Taster this Friday, 2nd February, for all people affected by cancer and other long term conditions.

For full information, please view the poster HERE

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Monday Club - Cooking Workshop

On Monday, the members of the club had the chance to cook a new recipe, Pork and Peppers with Ginger and Orange!!

The cook went extremely well and was very very tasty!!

Pork and Peppers with Ginger and Orange
Ingredients(per person)

75 gms thinly sliced pork
¼ each of yellow and red peppers, thinly sliced

2 spring onions, cut lengthways
2 tsps each of crushed garlic and ginger
1 tsp soy sauce (Light)
5 - 8 mandarin segments
100mls orange juice
1 tbs oil
Cornflour and water to thicken.

Heat oil in pan and gently cook garlic and ginger for about 1 minute
Add pork and soy sauce and stir fry for 3 minutes
Add peppers and spring onions and cook for 1 minute
Add the mandarin segments and orange juice and simmer for 2 minutes
Use cornflour and water paste to thicken

Serve with noodles, rice noodles or boiled rice

The Monday club is open to all adults and meets at the Penninghame Church Hall twice a month. The next meeting is 5th February when a talk is being given by Visibility Scotland.

Monday, 22 January 2018

St Ninian's Hall, Isle of Whithorn Open day

On Saturday, there was an open day held at St Ninian's hall in the isle, showing off and promoting all the user groups that use the Hall.

Building Healthy Communities had display boards at the event as well as holding a short consultation with members of the public asking them what activities they would like at the hall.

The responses were quite varied from a computer club to Zumba. All results have been passed on to the hall committee.

It was a well attended event with many users displaying and promoting how they use the Hall.

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.