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!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Monday Club - African Drumming

On Monday morning we had another enjoyable Monday Club meeting, the Stranraer Drum For Fun came along to give members a chance to have a go making music with African drums, various shakers, brushes and the balafon.
To view a short video of this great activity, click here

 At our next meeting on Monday 2nd October we are having Dave from Building Healthy Communities, giving us a healthy cooking session. Hope to see you there. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Isle of Whithorn Youth Club - Healthy Eating!!

Over the last 2 weeks, Building Healthy Communities have attended the Isle of Whithorn youth Groups to promote Healthy Eating.

The younger group, aged 5 - 9, all had an opportunity to make a Yummy Fruit Pizza. Using a slice of watermelon as a base, the children then had a choice of many different fruits to decorate their base with. Some of the results can be seen below.

This is a great way to entertain young children and give them the chance to eat a variety of different fruits.

The older group, aged 9 - 13, had a cooking activity where they all made their own Chicken Chow Mein. This involved them using knives correctly, slicing vegetables and following a recipe before cooking all to make a tasty dish!!

All of the young people had a great time, learning how to cut correctly and cook in a methodical way.

The next session at the Isle of Whithorn will be at the end of November when the young people will be given a taste challenge!!!

Looking forward to the next visit and a big thank you to the volunteer helpers for assisting.

A bigger thank you goes to the 8 young people who made the evening so enjoyable for them and for myself!

(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Community Information Event - Evaluation

There was a very good turnout at the Community Information Event held in Newton Stewart on Monday with many organisations reporting a lot of interest in their services.

Comments from organisations included:
"A good chance to network with organisations and provide information to those who attended"
"Very busy, well publicised, Great turnout of organisations and members of the public"
"Gave the opportunity to network with other organisations.  Also introduced lots of people to our organisation and the services we offer"

Comments from individuals included:
"Very informative, a good thing if ever I, friends & neighbours require help"
    "It was very useful to meet people from different organisations"

Thanks to all who attended on the day.