From Monday 19.7 21, all parts of Scotland will be in level zero. We shall have more freedoms but Covid is still with us and we shall have to learn to adapt and live with it.
The past 16 months have been very hard and made us realise how precious our health and wellbeing are.
We believe that community groups are invaluable as they provide company, support and recreation and contribute greatly to our wellbeing. It is important for all that they are able to restart and despite the difficulties we look forward to their return.
For the organisers it may be a worrying time but let us take heart from the numerous acts of kindness, practical help and courage shown by so many and build on this. Maybe, if we continue to work together and support each other, we can help create more resilient and caring communities for our families, friends, neighbours and ourselves!
Please remember the Community Groups Support Team was set up to try and offer support so please get in touch if you have any ideas or queries you wish to share.
Our focus this month on health and wellbeing has allowed us to collate lots of helpful information for your community groups in this area. The ONECAN website hosts a separate Wellbeing section which may be useful to your group.
This is currently under going maintenance to update and maintain it with the most relevant information for our area. We’re keen to hear any suggestions that you may have.
My name is Julia Miller and I’m the Operations Manager at Healthy Valleys
Healthy Valleys is a community-led health improvement charity that supports communities in Clydesdale and I’ve been working there since it was established in 2003. We focus on providing opportunities for local people to improve their health and wellbeing and build stronger communities. Our vision is to reduce health inequalities and enable people to live healthier and happier lives. Our support and activities are delivered throughout Clydesdale and we support many people and families from the Carluke area and deliver courses and activities there too.
The organisation is structured into three thematic teams:
Resilient People - Working Together Towards Better Wellbeing
Resilient People supports adults and older people to build independence, improve their confidence and mental health whilst combating isolation and loneliness through social prescribing, intensive one to one support and group work. Programme activity includes, befriending, mindfulness, anxiety and stress management courses, CBT and a variety of peer support classes including crafting, knitting and a writing group. We also have a new project which aims to help and support anyone who is concerned about their weight or has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
Resilient Families - Supporting Bump to Baby and Beyond
Resilient Families supports women through pregnancy and families with children under 5; delivering intensive one to one support and a range of educational parenting programmes. Programme activity includes 1:1 support to ante-natal and other healthcare appointments, baby massage, baby yoga, weaning and practical cooking courses, [email protected], messy play, welly waddles and a whole lot more!
Resilient Communities - Connect, Support, Nourish and Thrive
Resilient Communities tackles food poverty, social isolation and loneliness through the provision of various group work opportunities that promote physical health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults. Programme activity includes practical cooking courses, food and nutrition workshops, community food larders, yoga and health walks which are delivered throughout Clydesdale. We also can provide help and support to start new short health walks and deliver the Paths for All training for groups and volunteers to run walks – please get in touch if this is something you are interested in starting in Carluke or the surrounding area. We are a REHIS accredited centre, enabling us to deliver certificated training courses (Practical Cooking, Food Hygiene & Food and Health, Eating Well for Older People). We deliver health and wellbeing courses, afterschool and holiday clubs for children and young people. We also have a new Active Travel programme which includes Ebikes, recycling old bikes and encouraging people and communities to walk, cycle or use public transport rather than taking the car. The base for this project is Carluke and we’d be delighted to hear of anyone or any groups who may want to get involved.
Volunteering is at the heart of everything we do, and we have an amazing team of volunteers with many opportunities to get involved in any of the areas of service delivery above. We are always looking to recruit new volunteers, so if you have time to spare, want to get involved and make a difference to people’s lives, please contact us.
Hi there, my name is Dominique Stack-Daly.
I’m part of South Lanarkshire Council, Youth, Family, Community Learning Service.
After working in the Rutherglen for many years, I fancied a change and am now based in Carluke Universal Connections alongside Street Level. My background is Community Learning, Home School Partnership service and therefore work mainly supporting families and community groups within the area. I've built great relationships with some wonderful families over the past few years and am looking forward to building more. A big part of my time is spent working with ‘Carluke and District Community Connections’. Together with the amazing group members, we are rolling out a variety of activities surrounding health and wellbeing, money matters, employment and learning. Keep a look out for our Facebook posts for more information.
The Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is a £1 million Scottish Government fund administered by Corra Foundation. Over £600,000 has been distributed in phase one (February – May 2021). The next phase, commencing 1st July, will support groups to access the remaining funds.
The purpose of the Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is to provide small grants to community and voluntary groups across Scotland who are delivering activities that connect and support people within their local community.
One of the key impacts of COVID-19 on charities has been on the way in which it has affected certain types of fundraising activity. OSCR have compiled research and found over 50% of charities reported that their fundraising had been negatively affected by COVID-19 and the associated restrictions. As restrictions begin to ease in Scotland, it will be a priority for many charities to look at how they can restart these fundraising activities
Check out OSCR for some useful information on your group restarting fundraising.
Other useful links
NHS Inform Scotland: https://www.nhsinform.scot
NHS Lanarkshire: https://www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk
Lanarkshire Carers Centre: https://lanarkshirecarers.org.uk
Check out the National Wellbeing Hub, which provides a range of self-care and wellbeing resources. These were designed to support the health and social care workforce as they respond to the impact of Covid-19 but there’s lots of useful links for community groups to use.
Elament is Lanarkshire one-stop-shop on all things Mental Health. Mental health is about how people think and feel. How we think and feel affects our overall health and wellbeing and quality of life. Many factors influence mental health - housing, jobs, schools, transport, the environment - as well as the way we live our lives.
The Red Cross is supporting individuals, organisations and community groups through their digital classrooms.
Their digital classroom sessions are open to people of all ages. They offer effective, easy to learn education in a relaxed and informal style that helps build confidence. They are fully funded – there is no cost to you.
Check out the link to the Healthy Working Lives training calendar. All courses are free and at the moment, delivered online. Although they are marketed at employers, they are still very much relevant to the third sector.
VIVA/Villagers in the Valley Association
After 15 months, on 17 June, the Walking Group gathered together to enjoy a walk along part of the Clyde walkway at Crossford. We were not sure how many members would turn up as people may have got used to a “new normal”. When compiling the programme of walks for the first four weeks, we decided to start with shorter flatter walks of 2/3 miles which would allow everyone to test their fitness levels after the long layoff. We knew that a lot of our walkers had been walking alone and then in twos when allowed and the feedback we had received was that they would like to be eased in gradually before tackling hilly walks of 4/6 miles.
On the day which was lovely and sunny, 20 members from Carluke, Crossford, Hazelbank, Kirkfieldbank, Kirkmuirhill, Lanark, Nemphlar and Rosebank had a great opening walk which was enjoyed by all. It was so nice to catch up with friends we haven’t seen for so long and there was plenty of chatter as we walked along.
The verdict on the day was that it was a good opener and everyone was looking forward to continuing with our weekly programme.
If anyone aged 60 and over would like to join us on a Thursday morning at 10.30 a.m., please get in touch with Edna on 01555 665827 or head over to their website here.
Carluke Community Council By-Election in August
Carluke Community Council needs new members and South Lanarkshire Council is organising the adverts and a by-election in August. CCC represents the electoral ward 01 - Clydesdale West area which includes Braidwood, Crossford, Law, Kilncadzow and Yieldshields.
If anyone living in this area is interested in joining to help give our local community a voice, they should apply to SLC for an application and submit this after the advert appears and before 23.8.21. (The advert will appear in local newspapers and on the OneCarluke website.)
People can also find out more by contacting the current chairman, Ray Ashe.
Ray's contact details and the Carluke Community Council profile can be found under the Groups section of the OneCarluke website: https://www.onecarluke.org.uk
Other relevant information can be found by using the following links:
Green Gym at the ONECAN Community Garden
Highmill Primary School and Victoria Park School have both used the community garden to participate in a Green Gym before the schools broke for the Summer Holidays.
As part of this, the groups explored the site, looking for different colours, textures and any insects or bugs they could find.
They also helped plant radishes, herbs and other flowers.
School Green Gyms promote the health and wellbeing of children by engaging them in practical environmental activities. These are fun and stimulating activities will build skills and confidence, including growing vegetables, planting trees, building dens and shelters in woodlands. Some of this will be also be ongoing at Jocks Burn in the coming months.
Do you know where your nearest defibrillator is? We have been told of the following locations:
CARLUKE - the Leisure Centre, the Lifestyle Centre, the High Street outside My Dentist, the Fire Station, Kirkton Parish Church, Carluke Bowling Club and the Golf Club.
CROSSFORD - the Post Office.
LAW - Law Bowling Club.
Please tell us if you know of any others or you want advice about installing one.
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