Tar­bert cof­fee morn­ing raises more aware­ness of SDS and lone­li­ness

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A Tar­bert com­mu­nity group hosted a cof­fee and ac­tiv­i­ties morn­ing on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 6 in a bid to raise aware­ness of Self-Di­rected Sup­port (SDS) and gen­er­ate much-needed funds to help stamp out lone­li­ness.

The Mid Ar­gyll SDS Blether Group hosted the fun-filled morn­ing at Tem­plars Hall, which re­ceived an over­whelm­ing amount of sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Those at­tend­ing were able to find out more about SDS, which is about giv­ing peo­ple more choice and con­trol about so­cial care ar­range­ments and how to get the most out of life.

The group also raised £188.33 for Team Carr Gomm, an ini­tia­tive by the so­cial care char­ity to raise funds to stamp out lone­li­ness in com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land.

The morn­ing was co­or­di­nated by Lorna Mac­Don­ald, a will­ing vol­un­teer, and Fay MacCuish, a spe­cial­ist project worker from Carr Gomm’s Com­mu­nity Con­tacts, which of­fers a help­ing hand with SDS across Ar­gyll and Bute.

Lorna Mac­Don­ald, vol­un­teer and Blether Group mem­ber, said: ‘The morn­ing couldn’t have gone bet­ter. It was a huge achieve­ment for ev­ery­one in­volved.

‘I am re­ally proud of what we did and can’t wait to do it again.’

Becs Barker, project man­ager, Carr Comm Com­mu­nity Con­tacts, said: ‘It was an ex­cel­lent morn­ing as we were joined by so many sup­port­ive Tar­bert peo­ple along with the Dochas Car­ers Cen­tre, Lomond and Ar­gyll Ad­vo­cacy Ser­vice, SDS Scot­land and Blar­buie Woods.

‘It was great to see peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves while find­ing out about SDS, their rights, how to get sup­port as a carer and how to get in­volved in our lo­cal wood­land project.’

The SDS Blether Group is made up of peo­ple who have SDS them­selves or be­cause they care for some­one who does.

The group meets monthly and keeps in touch by phone and so­cial me­dia. If you would like to find out how to join, call or email Becs Barker on 07766 925 388 / becs­barker @car­rgomm.org

Team Carr Gomm: the or­gan­is­ers from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, the SDS Blether Group, Carr Gomm’s Com­mu­nity Con­tacts, Dochas Car­ers Cen­tre, Self Di­rected Sup­port Scot­land and Lomond and Ar­gyll Ad­vo­cacy Ser­vice.

Tr­isha and Kirsty, Blether Group mem­bers and vol­un­teers.

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