Wellbeing Wednesday 8th June 2022

Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Services

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! What a glorious weekend we had – you can’t beat Argyll and Bute when the sun shines. I had a wee day out at Colintraive Jubilee BBQ on Friday with my mum and dad – a lovely day and what a treat to wander round the beautiful community garden there.

This week’s edition explores support for the many, many people in our communities who are carers – and I know that some of you readers will have caring responsibilities, so this is for you. Carers’ Week recognises and provides support for carers whose own need for support can often be overlooked as the focus is on the person being cared for. These important support groups can make a real difference and to address any feelings of loneliness or isolation carers may feel.

We’re also highlighting Health Eating Week, which you can sign up for to get hints and tips for healthy eating – there are resources for schools and workplaces you can explore. The old adage ‘we are what we eat’ may sound a bit dated, but nutrition is the basis for our brain and body health. Food can also affect our mood – as anyone who has had a sugar or caffeine rush and the following dip will know! The recipes on the website link also have an eye to cost. When prices are all shooting up, having easy to make, nutritious and inexpensive recipes to hand can be so helpful. When you are tired and under pressure, thinking about cooking up a tasty meal is sometimes really tough – and takes imagination when your brain is already full up of other things. So have a look, pick out some you haven’t tried before and let us know how you get on. We’d love to share any tried and tested, inexpensive recipes.

Reading update – I’m on science fiction now: Damage Time by Colin Harvey. Quite enjoying it. Not so much science fiction as a detective story set in a dystopian future…. I’d better put it down though, and pick up my course books! See you next week.

Carer's Week 6 –12 June 2022

This national campaign aims to raise awareness of carers, the contribution they make and the challenges they face, and this year’s theme focuses on Make caring visible, valued and supported. 

Click the logo to find out more.

It’s common to feel lonely or isolated as a carer, especially as friends and family might not understand how tough it can be. All the supporter charities involved in Carers Week provide opportunities to get in touch, through online forums and social networks, helplines and local support groups.

Who can Carers go to for Support Plans (Adult Carers & Young Carers), Support, Advice, Information & Short Breaks?

Carers Centres in Argyll & Bute provide a range of supports to carers of all ages, you can find out more on their Websites and Social Media:

Crossroads Caring for Carers Cowal & Bute SCIO

Telephone 01369 707700

Address: 61-63 Argyll Street, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 7HG

Email carers@crossroadscowalandbute.org.uk

Web: crossroadscowalandbute.org.uk  & www.cyccb.org.uk

Facebook: Crossroads Caring for Carers

Helensburgh & Lomond Carers Centre SCIO

Telephone 01436 673444

Address: Lomond House, 29 Lomond Street, Helensburgh, G84 7PW

Website: www.hlcc.org.uk

Facebook: Helensburgh & Lomond Carers SCIO

Crossroads North Argyll

c/o North Argyll Carers Centre, Albany Street, Oban, PA34 4AL

Telephone 01631 562277

Email joan@crossroadsna.org.uk

 Mid Argyll Youth Development Service – MAYDS

Telephone 01546603231

Email info@mayds.org.uk 

Facebook: midargyllyouthdevelopmentservices

Website: www.mayds.org.uk


Telephone 01546 600022

Address: 50 Campbell Street, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8JU

Mid Argyll 07464 308 418,

Kintyre & Gigha 0753 503 6953,

Islay & Jura 07912 015 393

Email: enquiries@dochasfund.org.uk 

Website: www.dochasfund.org.uk

North Argyll Carers Centre

North Argyll Carers Centre, Albany Street, Oban, PA34 4AL

Tel. 01631 564422

Email info@northargyllcarers.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northargyllcarers

Website www.northargyllcarers.org.uk

Quotes from Carers who are supported by our Carers Centres:

 “I was given a very warm welcome, and I immediately felt that you would be able to help me cope with everything.”

“I feel like a different person now and can see a road ahead even my husband has commented on how much happier I am and I am even planning ahead now something I thought I would never do again and it’s so refreshing to be able to laugh again It has made such a difference in my life.”

“You all do such a wonderful job and although I have only been coming along for a couple of months, it’s made such a difference in my life”

Carer Survey coming out soon – Please help to share your views and so that we can continue to grow and develop Carer support services.

New Young Carer App coming soon! – Young carers will be able to complete their Young Carers Statements, get information and advice using the new Young Carers App provided by ViewPoint.

Here are some pictures sent in from Helensburgh and Lomond Carers beginning the week with an awareness walk in the beautiful sunshine.

Healthy Eating Week

Get everyone engaged and excited about healthy eating!

British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week (13 – 17 June 2022).

Please also let us know your thoughts and ideas about the items featured in our Wellbeing Wednesdays each week and send us your suggestions for future topics – we love to hear from you.

The Wellbeing Team:  wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk