Age Concern Scotland was requested by Mid Highland Community Health Partnership to provide artworks for the new build hospital. In partnership with Highland Council Community Learning and Leisure, the focus was to encourage community involvement with all ages and abilities contributing.
Three projects were completed.
- Ardross Lunch Club and Ardross Primary School spent four days working together in their local community hall with Tain artist Inge Smith and helper Pete Fisher. This resulted in thirty five stunning framed collages which now decorate the corridors.
- Older people, Alness Academy pupils, Invergordon Academy pupils, Birchwood Highland tenants, attenders from the Isobel Rhind Centre, staff, patients and visitors worked for 2 weeks in the Day Room in Fyrish Ward to produce eight silk banners, 7′ x 3′ wide. Heather Butlin from Munlochy led the sessions.
- Artist Alan Potter from Hamilton took up residence in the hospital foyer for ten days to produce a 6′ ceramic mosaic. Designed by Primary 7 pupils from South Lodge school the mosaic comprises native marine life, an oil rig and the famous Invergordon anchor. It takes pride of place in the entrance vestibule.
Safety First – Blanket Exchange in Lairg
Age Concern Scotland in partnership with Age Concern England organised an electric blanket exchange in the Lairg Community Centre, Sutherland. One hundred older people received new blankets in exchange for their old ones. Local retained fire fighter Tommy Mackay was on hand to give information on fire safety and offer older people home fire safety checks which are carried out free. Golspie Co-op and Williamsons of Inverness donated fruit as part of a Healthy Eating Initiative. Tommy was very concerned that people were using blankets that had never been checked. He told us that faulty blankets are a significant cause of domestic fires. The oldest blanket exchanged was 40 years old.
Message In a Bottle Launch April 2002 in Dingwall
Since Penelope Keith kindlly offered to help launch Message in a Bottle in East Highland 6,000 bottles have now been distributed. Older people who live alone or people who feel vulnerable are encouraged to put their personal details in a bottle which is kept in the fridge. The bottle can then be located by emergency services in the event of accident or illness and next of kin can be contacted quickly. The fridge was deemed an appropriate place because it did not involve searching through personal or private belongings.
Scottish Hydro Electric and East Highland LHCC funded the original 4,000 bottles. Since then the local Rotary Club have funded 2,000. Distribution of this voluntary emergency information scheme continues.