Tarbert coffee morning raises more awareness of SDS and loneliness
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.