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 Directory of Health & Social Care Services in Skye and Lochalsh
(with thanks to the Well North project

 

 

Voluntary Sector Health & Social Care Services in Skye & Lochalsh

Index in Alphabetical Order 

Index by Category

National Voluntary Sector Care Services

Public Sector Health & Social Care Services in Skye & Lochalsh

 

Index of Services in alphabetical order                                                           

  1. Access Panel
  2. Advocacy Highland
  3. Alzheimer Scotland, Skye and Lochalsh Services
  4. Befrienders Highland
  5. British Red Cross (West Highland District)
  6. Care and Repair - c/o Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association
  7. CHSS Community Stroke Service
  8. Citizens Advice Bureau
  9. CLIC Sargent
  10. Connecting Carers
  11. Contact a Family (Highlands)
  12. Counselling Care Skye and Lochalsh
  13. Crossroads Care – Skye and Lochalsh
  14. Deaf Action Highland Communication Support Service
  15. Dion Skye 
  16. Family First
  17. Handyperson Services
  18. Health and Happiness
  19. Highland Carers Advocacy
  20. Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association
  21. Lochalsh Chest Heart and Stroke Club
  22. Macmillan CAB Partnership
  23. Maggie’s Highlands (Cancer Caring Centre)
  24. Marie Curie Nursing Service
  25. ME Highland Support
  26. Morning Call 
  27. Parenting Counts
  28. Rag Tag ‘n Textile 
  29. Ross’shire Women’s Aid - Skye, Lochalsh & Wester’ross Outreach Service
  30. Sense Scotland
  31. Shirlie Project
  32. Skye and Lochalsh Association for Disability (Kyleakin Connections)
  33. Skye and Lochalsh Community Care Forum
  34. Skye and Lochalsh Council on Alcohol
  35. Skye and Lochalsh Friends of A.R.M.S
  36. Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association
  37. Skye & Lochalsh Parent Carers Support Group
  38. Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers Project
  39. Skye Old People's Welfare Committee
  40. Skye Talking Newspaper
  41. TAG (Training and Guidance)
  42. Trust Housing
  43. Viewfield Garden Collective
  44. Way Forward Group

 

 

Index of Services (by category)  
 

Older People  

Physical, Sensory Impairments,  

Chronic Illness

Learning Disabilities

Mental Health

Alcohol and Drugs

Families, Children and Young People

Carers

Employment

Housing

Information and Advice

 

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Health & Social Care Services in Skye & Lochalsh

Access Panel

The Access Panel is one of fifty Access Panels in Scotland which are constantly being developed and consists entirely of volunteers, several of whom have a range of expertise in a variety of fields, including qualification as an Access Auditor.

We recognize and value diversity in our membership; in our community; and it is our duty, and the duty of others, to ensure that equality of opportunity be given to every participant in our community.  This would enable their knowledge, opinion, skill and experience to be heard, valued and taken into account.

We provide a contact point with Highland Council on access issues, review planning and building warrant applications, undertake access audits, access surveys and provide a lobbying and watchdog role within the community.

The aim is to improve accessibility for all sections of the community to the built environment, open spaces and to services.  We are also required to consider, how we can promote equality, whether in relation to our role advising on planning applications, ensuring meeting are held in accessible venues, lobbying, etc.

A key essential element to enable a fulfilment of these objectives has been to establish a close working relationship with relevant bodies, such as Highland Council, NHS highland and various other agencies.  Over the years, this co-operation has proved to be very successful in resolving numerous issues.

The Access Panel aims to work with people by listening, discussing ideas, offering advice, giving appropriate information and promoting good practice.  The Panel endeavours to monitor all matters of business it deems to require remedial action.  Membership of the Access Panel is open to any interested person in the wider community. 

When the Equality Act came into force in October 2010, it brought together, strengthened and extended existing anti-discrimination laws.  Equal Opportunities are about ensuring that all members of society are given a fair and equal opportunity to participate and treating people equally is not the same as treating everyone the same.

We welcome communication from anyone who wishes to highlight an access issue we may be unaware of, or who wants advice in order to improve accessibility, or to know more about the work of the Access Panel generally. 



Contact Details
Access Panel c/o
Joan Turkington
Tir-Nan-Og,
11 Ose, Struan,
Isle of Skye
IV56 8FJ

Tel: 01470 572385   Email: enquiries@access-panel.org.uk

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Advocacy Highland

Advocacy Highland helps people to speak up, speak out and be heard.

Advocacy is standing up for a person, sticking with them and being on their side.

Advocacy Highland works with people who have mental health problems, including dementia; those with learning disabilities, older people and children so that they are listened to and respected, involved in making decisions about their care and treatment and are able to contribute to and participate in society.

These groups of people are among the most vulnerable, and advocacy aims to redress the balance between service providers and those receiving the services by working alongside a person, enabling them to gain access to information, explore and understand their options and to make their views and wishes heard.

Advocacy Highland also speaks on behalf of people who are unable to do so for themselves, upholding their rights.

People can refer themselves or anyone else can refer them with their permission.

Trained advocates can then meet the person at e.g. a café or drop-in centre or at the person’s home if they are unable to meet elsewhere.

The advocate takes time to get to know the person, to understand their issues and concerns, then works with the person to take the issue forward in a way that helps the person take control of the situation.

This might be done by e.g. helping them to prepare personal statements about how they would like to be looked after, going along with them to meetings, or by helping them to access support and advice services.

The service is free and confidential, and is independent of the statutory services.


Contact Details
Advocacy Highland
Third Floor
33 Academy Street
Inverness
IV1 1JN


Skye & Lochalsh Area Co-ordinator Phone:Mobile: 07717730865; e-mail: judy@advocacy-highland.org.uk or our main office Phone:01463 233460;
Website: www.advocacy-highland.org.uk; Email: info@advocacy-highland.org.uk


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Alzheimer Scotland, Skye and Lochalsh Services

Alzheimer Scotland provides:

  1. Information and advice for people with early onset of dementia.
  2. Day care in Portree and Dornie whereby:
  • services offer social contact in a warm and welcoming environment with a wide range of activities, tailored to the particular interests and preferences of those attending
  • Activities are as diverse as the interests of those attending
  • With the involvement of the person with dementia, and carer where appropriate, a Care Programme is put together for each person, tailored to his or her individual abilities, interests and preferences.
  1. Home support whereby:
  • Alzheimer Scotland provides support to people with dementia living in the community
  • Alzheimer Scotland puts together a personal support plan reflecting the individual needs, preferences and abilities of the person with the full involvement of the Service User and Carer where appropriate. This focuses on maximising strengths, maintaining social links and social skills and continued enjoyment of activities and pursuits. This could include encouragement & assistance with personal care, prompting & encouragement to self medicate safely, support to do everyday tasks such as cooking or shopping and help with leisure activities.

The Portree Day Opportunities Club meets on Wednesdays, 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.

The Portree Day Care Group meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays,    10.30 am to 3.30 pm.

The Dornie Day Care Group meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The Care at home/housing support service is delivered by a team of highly trained and experienced Staff. The service is delivered in the individual’s own home or in the community.


Contact Details
Alzheimer Scotland
Skye and Lochalsh Services
Tigh na Drochaid
Bridge Road
Portree
Isle of Skye
IV51 9ER

Phone/fax: 01478 613450
Website: http://www.alzscot.org/pages/regions/skye.htm
E-mail: SkyeServices@alzscot.org

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Befrienders Highland

Befrienders Highland offers safe supported friendship through trained volunteers to people who have experience of mental ill health across the Highlands.   Befriending provides safe, reliable, 1-1 friendly contact that brings companionship, interest and fun and helps to build a person’s confidence.   The Distance Befriending service of Befrienders Highland provides friendship to people living in isolated areas through having someone to chat to about ordinary things, someone unrelated to mental health services and who is there as a friend, pure and simple.   The service is free to any adult (+ 18 years) who lives anywhere in the Highland region who has experienced mental ill health and feels isolated or lonely.   Our volunteer Befrienders are ordinary friendly people who have been carefully selected and trained to ensure acceptance, reliability, safety and confidentiality within the relationship.   Volunteers with the distance befriending service offer their friendship by telephone, letter or e-mail.  People are carefully matched for gender, age, interests and compatibility before they are introduced. The friendship is regularly supported by the staff to ensure that both people are at ease and are enjoying their relationship.

Referrals for the service can be made by:

1) Self referral – just give us a call

2) Family or friends (with the person’s permission)

3) Health professionals, social work services, support workers and voluntary organisations can all refer.

For information and an informal chat please just get in touch.

Contact Details
Befrienders Highland
19 Church Street
Inverness
IV1 1DY

Phone: 01463 235675
Email:  distance@befriendershighland.org.uk
Website:www.befriendershighland.org.uk


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British Red Cross (West Highland District)

We are a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help people recover and move on with their lives.

Every year we respond to hundreds of emergencies – such as transport accidents, floods and fires – and have a special role to play in supporting the emergency services. Whatever the incident, from a minor traffic accident to a mass evacuation, we are ready to respond.

We also provide valuable person centred support to vulnerable people. Our services include: care at home, loans of medical equipment, transport assistance and therapeutic care. This service can be particularly valuable following a stay in hospital or to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

Contact Details

Anne Eadie,
Services Manager(West Highland District)
Plockton Road
Kyle of Lochalsh
IV40 8DA

Phone:01599 530 150
Email:  AEadie@redcross.org.uk
Website: www.redcross.org.uk


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Care and Repair Services

The Care and Repair Service offers advice, support and practical assistance to people who are older or have a disability.  The service aims to help those clients to repair, adapt or improve their homes in order that they can remain at home in comfort in their own community. 

Owner occupiers, tenants of private landlords and crofting tenants living in the Skye & Lochalsh area who are over 60 years of age or have a disability are eligible for the service.  You must also have occupied the property for a minimum of two years. 

Care and Repair can help in a variety of ways with a wide range of housing issues, for example:-

•     Leaking Roofs/Gutters
•     Dry rot/dampness
•     Poor insulation/heating advice
•     Re-wiring
•     Lead pipe replacement
•     Disabled adaptations
•     Advice on grants (and other sources of funding)
•     Advice on alternative housing options

How does the service operate?

On your invitation, we will arrange to visit you at home to discuss what works you may need carried out to repair, adapt or improve your home.  We can:-

•     Organise surveys or drawings if required
•     Help you estimate the costs involved
•     Advise you on ways of raising the money
•     Help you find suitable builders to do the work
•     Help you fill in forms for grants and loans
•     Put you in touch with other agencies who may be able to help
•     Organise the works through to completion
•     Help you cope with any disruption while works are being carried out

Contact Details
Care and Repair Services
Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association
Morrison House
Bayfield
Portree
IV51 9EW

Phone: 01478 612 035
Fax: 01478 613 377
Website: www.lsha.co.uk  
E-mail: info@LSHA.co.uk  


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CHSS Volunteer Stroke Service

This service is provided by Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland Community Services.

Volunteer Stroke Service offers support to those who have had a stroke with particular focus on those with communication difficulties. The service is run by staff and aided by trained volunteers.

There are weekly groups in Portree & Kyleakin that provide a welcoming and stimulating environment, enabling service users to build up their confidence after their stroke.  The VSS supports and promotes communication and encourages social interaction.  One to one outreach support can be provided in certain circumstances for short periods, dependent on the service users needs, this service is reviewed quarterly to ensure the service user is benefitting.  

The Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice line offers a direct link to confidential, professional advice from trained nurses.

Contact Details

Third Floor
Rosebery House
9 Haymarket Terrace
Edinburgh
EH12 5EZ

Telephone: 0131 225 6963 (Edinburgh Office);
Advice line: 0845 077 6000
Website: www.chss.org.uk
Email: irene.kay@chss.org.uk or admin@chss.org.uk


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Citizens Advice Bureau

The Scottish CAB service aims to ensure that individuals do not suffer through lack of knowledge of their rights and responsibilities, or of the services available to them, or through an inability to express their need effectively.

The CAB Service is independent and provides free, confidential and impartial advice to everybody regardless of race, sex, age, disability or sexuality.

The service offers general advice on all issues, including access to benefits. The service also offers specialist advice on debt and welfare rights.

Skye and Lochalsh CAB can work with clients in a number of languages, as interpretation services are available.

CAB offers a drop-in service.
Home visits are available by arrangement.

Open hours Portree:
Monday 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 4.30pm
Tuesday 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 4.30pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm only
Thursday 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 4.30pm
Friday 10am - 1pm only
Saturday/Sunday closed

Open hours Kyle Outreach Centre, Kyle Medical Centre, Station Road, Kyle:
Wednesday 10am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 4pm

There is a touch screen information point in the foyer of the Portree Library.

Contact Details
Citizens Advice Bureau
The Green
Portree
Isle of Skye
IV51 9BT

Phone: 01478 612 032; CAB Direct: 0808 801 0804

Website: www.cas.org.uk  
E-mail: adviser@skyecab.casonline.org.uk

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CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent offers a package of support to children and teenagers with cancer up to the age of 24 and their families in the Highlands and Islands and all over Scotland and the UK.  CLIC Sargent has nurses, social workers, play specialists and youth workers. CLIC Sargent eases access to government money and can offer financial support through care grants. It offers free self-catering accommodation close to key treatment centres. CLIC Sargent has a holiday house at Prestwick and can offer other holiday accommodation. CLIC Sargent campaigns on behalf of families. The Child Cancer Helpline is a free, anonymous and confidential telephone service.   There is a nurse and social worker based at Raigmore Hospital, and a clinic is held there every Wednesday. Typically care is shared between Raigmore and the main treatment centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.   CLIC Sargent in Scotland is supported by a number of local fundraising groups, or branches, including one in Inverness.


Contact Details

Room 9 Volunteering Highland
The Gateway
1a Millburn Road
Inverness
IV2 3PX

Phone: 01463 713080
Email: peter.logie@clicsargent.org.uk
Website: www.clicsargent.org.uk
Free Child Cancer Helpline: 0800 197 0068

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Connecting Carers

Connecting Carers provides information, support and training courses for adult and young carers, who provide physical or emotional support, due to frailty, physical or mental illness, addiction, disorder or disability and are not paid for providing that care or support. This service has been provided by Connecting Carers across the Highlands since 1995 and is part of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers’ UK network of carers’ centres.

Information on welfare benefits, health and community care services in the Highland area, grants and other support for carers is provided by post, telephone or email, via the website or in person when we attend or provide information days, carers groups/events, etc.  We provide a confidential, listening ear and a Carers Information & Support Pack based on substantial knowledge from working with carers in Highland.   Carers can join the Highland Carers Network, to receive quarterly bulletins and invitations to attend courses provided for carers on a variety of topics, such as relaxation methods, planning for the future, navigating the system, moving with confidence.   We also provide information and advice on carers’ issues to health and social care professionals in statutory, voluntary and independent sectors, including training on carer awareness and carer support plans.

Contact Details

Connecting Carers
Highland House
20 Longman Road
Inverness  IV1 1RY

Phone: 01463 723561
E-mail: carers@hccf.org.uk
Website www.hccf.org.uk  

 

Contact a Family (Highlands)

Contact a Family offers information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with any disability or additional need. 

Services include:

  • A freephone helpline (0808 808 3555) which is available Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm
  • Free publications and guides for parents on a range of issues eg financial benefits, supporting siblings and transition to adult services
  • Website:  www.cafamily.org.uk
  • Linking to local and national support groups
  • A linking service for families of children with rare conditions:  www.makingcontact.org
  • Awareness raising and campaigning


Contact Details
Contact a Family Scotland
Craigmillar Social Enterprise & Arts Centre
11/9 Harewood Road
Edinburgh
EH16 4NT

phone: 0131 659 2930

Free Helpline: 0808 808 3555

Website: www.cafamily.org.uk

Email: scotland.office@cafamily.org.uk

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Counselling Care Skye and Lochalsh

Counselling Care Skye and Lochalsh (formerly known as National Counselling Service Skye & Lochalsh) runs a service for adults and also for children and young people.

Adult Service
Counselling Care Skye and Lochalsh offers a professional and confidential counselling service, with qualified, volunteer counsellors. Counselling Care Skye and Lochalsh is a Christian counselling service and is available to anyone in need regardless of religion, faith, gender, sexual orientation or financial circumstances
Counselling is not about giving advice and does not necessarily provide quick and easy answers. Counselling is based on listening and enabling you to make sense of the difficulties you may be experiencing. This may include:

  • Bereavement or loss
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Depression
  • Anger management
  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse, past or present
  • Feelings of hurt, rejection or neglect
  • Marriage / relationship difficulties
  • Vague feelings of unease
  • Poor self image / low self esteem
  • Family breakdown
  • Wish for change

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk in confidence with a person outside your situation. It allows space for you to explore thoughts and feelings and, most importantly, allows time for you to concentrate on your needs.
You can access the service directly or professionals and other agencies can refer clients to the service. You can contact the service by phone [24 hour answer-phone] or you can contact us by letter or email.
A counsellor will meet you for an initial session and if you and the counsellor think that the service would be helpful to you, you will be offered an initial series of six sessions, lasting 50-60 minutes. You may be seen at Kyle or in Portree.
No fee is charged but Counselling Care (NCS) is a charity and relies on donations from clients and friends to continue the service. We therefore ask clients to make a contribution in keeping with their income.


Contact Details
Counselling Care Skye and Lochalsh
Lochalsh Health Centre
Station Road 
Kyle of Lochalsh  
IV40 8AE

Phone: 01599 530930 - 24 hour answerphone.

Jean Gillies- Children and young people service 07881 981519 mail: jean.ncs@aol.co.uk

Eileen Burnham- Adult Services 07766811099 mail : eileen.ncs@aol.co.uk

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Crossroads Care – Skye and Lochalsh

The main purpose of Crossroads Care – Skye and Lochalsh is to provide respite care/short breaks for the carers of people of all ages, including children, who have a disability or condition that means that they need the care of another person.  Crossroads aims to provide a break from caring whenever the carer requires it.  The carers can be of any age, including young carers.


Contact Details
Crossroads Care – Skye and Lochalsh
Tigh Lisigarry
Bridge Road
Portree
IV51 9ER

Phone: 01478 612399
Email: crossroadscaresl@btopenworld.com  

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Deaf Action Highland Communication Support Service

Deaf Action offers a range of communication support for Deaf and hard of hearing people in the Highland region. It can provide BSL/English Interpreters, Lip speakers, Note Takers both electronic and manual and can provide Deafblind Interpreters as well. It has interpreters working within Deaf Action but also work with a pool of freelance interpreters. All interpreters are SASLI registered. It can also deliver training on “How to work with sign language interpreters”.

Communication Support is provided throughout the Highlands, and interpreters etc travel extensively.  They travel to the venue of wherever the communication support is needed. They will cover any job e.g. health appointments, housing, education, work related, meetings, funerals etc.

All staff at Deaf action can communicate in British Sign Language (BSL).


Contact Details

Deaf Action Head Office
49 Albany Street
Edinburgh
EH1  3QY

Phone: 0800 014 1401
SMS ONLY: 07797800064
Website: www.deafaction.org
Email: bookings@deafaction.org

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Dion Skye

Provide Christian support and counsel to people suffering from alcohol addiction.

Contact Details

Dr James Finlayson
7 Gedintailor
The Braes
PORTREE  IV51 9NJ
Phone: 01478 650417
Email: johnfinlayson@doctors.net.uk


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Family First

Family First is a voluntary service supporting families with at least one child under
4 years of age. Each area is managed by a Co-ordinator who works with a dedicated team of volunteers who work to meet the identified needs of families locally.

Family First support is offered in the following ways:

  • Through a flexible home visiting service which is tailored to the needs of each family. Families can ask for support themselves or referrals can be made through Health Visitors, Midwives or other agencies such as CVS, Working for Families and Social Services.
  • Through groups that aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment where both parents/carers and children attending will feel comfortable and secure. Adults get the opportunity to support one another and discuss topics that are important to them and children get an opportunity to play.

Groups meet:

  • Toddle-In Broadford out of school club Monday 10–2. Broadford, Church of Scotland Hall, (opposite the Police House).
  • Toddle-In Portree, Church of Scotland Hall, York Drive, Wednesday 10-12 noon.

Volunteers are parents themselves or have parenting experience and understand the stress and demands of bringing up young children.  All volunteers have enhanced disclosures and are trained locally giving them insight to all aspects of the service.

The volunteer’s ability to offer friendship, practical help and support enables families to cope with the pressure they may be facing. Volunteers assist the Co-ordinator with the groups or can be matched with families or both! - depending upon the time they have to commit to volunteering.
Family First is registered by the care commission.

Contact Details

The Green
Portree
IV51 9BT
Phone: 01478 613154 Mobile: 07778 438 455

Email: familyfirstskye2@gmail.com

Broadford
E-mail: familyfirstskye@gmail.com  

Family Support Manager
Care and Learning Alliance
Dochfour Drive
Inverness
IV49 9AN

Phone: 01463 703033  Mobile: 07834 458 984
E-mail: info@careandlearningalliance.co.uk  

Web-site: www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/Family-Support.asp


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Handyperson Services

Handyperson Services are  provided by Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association and are funded by The Highland Council’s Social Work Services and Housing Services together with NHS Highland.   Assistance can be provided to elderly or disabled individuals in Skye and Lochalsh by:

  • providing practical help with small repairs and tasks around the home - at no charge to the client other than for materials
  • supplying and installing "Aids to Daily Living" on behalf of Social Work Services and the NHS
  • providing helpful contact advice for people who require tradesmen to undertake small repairs which cannot be undertaken by the Handyperson Service or which are not eligible for assistance through the Association’s Care and Repair Scheme
  • offering contact information on energy efficiency and on housing options should their needs change in the future.

Examples of the small repairs that can be carried out include:

  • fitting battery-operated smoke alarms
  • assembling new furniture
  • replacing tap washers
  • unblocking sinks
  • replacing light bulbs, plugs and fuses
  • cleaning gutters
  • fitting grab rails.

 

Contact Details
Handyperson Services
Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association Morrison House
Bayfield
Portree
IV51 9EW

Phone: 01478 612 035;
Website: www.lsha.co.uk  
E-mail: info@LSHA.co.uk

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Health and Happiness

Community Connectors work with Adults with learning disabilities/Autistic Spectrum Conditions and those in transition from school.

Community Connectors will work with individuals, their carers and families to increase social networks and inclusion in community life, and improve access to mainstream services and opportunities, working across health, education, employment, leisure and housing.

The project will also work to raise self esteem and confidence, increase awareness of the choices they can make and ability to plan for the future and give them a voice in issues affecting them through improved life skills.

It will work with individuals, families and community groups and facilitate rather than provide a hands on delivery of a specific service-the catalyst to community problem solving and creative solutions based on community mapping development of information, networks etc.

Contact Details
Health and Happiness
Community Connections
PO Box 6315
Portree
IV51 0AA

Phone: 07590 777990
Website: www.healthandhappiness.org.uk  
E-mail: skyeandlochalsh@healthhappiness.org.uk



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Highland Carers Advocacy

Carers are people who look after a relative, friend or neighbour who cannot manage without their support.  This may mean the involvement of numerous organisations and professionals who provide a variety of services; but carers sometimes find that their knowledge, views and needs are not taken into account when decisions are made.  Highland Carers Advocacy provides a free service to support carers to express their views and opinions so that carers can positively influence their circumstances.  Our advocacy caseworkers work in a person centred way which means that the carer remains in control of any decisions.

The caseworker for Skye and Lochalsh meets with carers in their own homes, or another venue if preferred, to listen to what carers have to say about their situation.  The caseworker can then:

  • Provide relevant information that enables carers to make informed decisions
  • Help with writing letters or making telephone calls
  • Attend meetings with carers – if necessary speak on the carer’s behalf
  • Ensure that your views will be heard and listened to

 

Contact Details
Highland Carers Advocacy
Highland House
20 Longman Road
INVERNESS
IV1 !RY 

Phone: 01463 723569
Local contact: 07760 779 462
E-mail: carersadvocacy@hccf.org.uk
Website: www.hccf.org.uk

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Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association

The Association was set up in 1983 as an independent non-profit making housing organisation to develop, manage and maintain housing for rent.  The Association is formed from a membership base of individuals and organisations. We encourage the widest possible membership to reflect the interests of the community we serve, and we particularly encourage our tenants, sharing owners and equity sharers to become members and to participate in the activities of the Association, as well as community and representative groups.

We aim to work in partnership to provide access to high quality affordable housing solutions and related services and to contribute to the improvement of the social, economic and cultural well being of the whole community.  We also aim to provide access to a wide range of high quality affordable housing solutions for those in need in both the rental and home ownership sectors.

The Association provides the following:-

  • Rented Housing
  • Shared Equity Housing
  • Care and Repair Services
  • Disabled Adaptations
  • Handyperson Services

We offer a comprehensive range of housing and property services to tenants which are funded by the rental income we receive. Some tenants receive a further range of services for which a charge is applied to reflect the actual cost of providing the service. We can also provide additional services on request for tenants who may have very specific needs or requirements.

The following services are provided to all tenants:-

  • Administration of our Allocations Policy including applications, new allocations, transfers and exchanges
  • Administration of our Tenancy and Occupancy Agreements
  • Estate Management including prevention and management of anti-social behaviour and neighbour disputes
  • Tenant Participation
  • A wide range of Repair Services

These services are provided in some of our properties and are funded by a service charge:

  • Communal cleaning in flatted developments, lighting, door entry systems, satellite television systems

Contact Details
Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association Morrison House
Bayfield
Portree
IV51 9EW

Phone: 01478 612 035
Website: www.lsha.co.uk  
E-mail: info@LSHA.co.uk  

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Lochalsh Chest Heart and Stroke Club

The Lochalsh Chest Heart and Stroke Club (Cairdeas) is a voluntary group affiliated to Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland. The purpose of the club is to give people affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions social contacts, entertainment, outings and friendship.

The Lochalsh Chest Heart and Stroke Club meets between 2.30 and 4p.m. every other Wednesday during spring and autumn in the John Greig Memorial Hall at Kirkton Church. Refreshments are provided. Volunteers bring members to and from meetings in private cars from the area roughly defined by Plockton, Kyle, Dornie and Achmore. Wheelchairs can be accommodated.

No therapy is offered and no medical information is sought except in so far as a volunteer driver needs to know.

There is no formal membership fee but a small donation is collected from those attending meetings to cover costs.

Contact Details
Lochalsh Chest Heart and Stroke Club
Cnoc Cottage
Reraig
Kyle
IV40 8DH

Phone: 01599 566 300
E-mail: rjwholt@tiscali.co.uk

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Macmillan CAB Partnership

The Macmillan CAB Partnership offers advice and assistance for people with cancer and their families and carers. We cover the Highlands and Western Isles.

The advice and assistance offered includes:

  • full benefit check and application for appropriate benefits
  • grant and benevolent fund advice and application
  • money advice
  • insurance, housing and employment advice
  • representation at appeals, advocacy
  • advice on wills, power of attorney etc
  • bereavement and industrial injuries benefits/compensation.

Referrals can be made by any health care professional or directly by the client or family member/carer. Clients are referred to a Rights Worker who will deal with all of the issues they have. Issues are dealt with either over the ‘phone, on the hospital ward or by home visiting depending on the clients circumstances.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.  An Outreach Service is available at Maggies Centre, Raigmore Hospital on Tuesdays, 10.00am to 4.00pm.


Contact Details
Macmillan CAB Partnership
Raigmore Hospital
Old Perth Road
Inverness
IV2 3UJ

Phone: 01463 706306
Website: www.maggiescentres.org
Highlands page: http://www.maggiescentres.org/maggies/maggiescentres/home/centres/highlands/introduction.html
Online community: http://community.maggiescentres.org/
E-mail: highlands@maggiescentres.org



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Maggie’s Highlands (Cancer Caring Centre)

Maggie’s Highlands offers a service to anyone affected by cancer: for anyone who has, or has had cancer, for their family, their friends and their carers.

Maggie’s is first and foremost a homely, relaxing place to be in. We are open all day, so people can drop in at any time if they want to have a coffee and a chat, if they want to learn more about their cancer, explore our programme of support, or if they just want a quiet somewhere to sit down.

Maggie’s offers cancer information and a programme of support within the centre, as well as support via telephone, email and our online community.

The programme of support within the centre includes relaxation & visualisation, yoga, ‘Look Good … Feel Better’, nutrition workshops, expressive writing, Tai Chi, expressive art, Macmillan CAB advice and managing stress.

Online community – profiles, blogs, support groups, community groups. Maggie’s Online is for anyone affected by cancer. It’s a space where you don’t have to face things alone. A place where you can find support, advice and friendship with people who understand what you’re going through. It’s free to join and open all day every day. Find out more at http://community.maggiescentres.org/

Maggie’s Highlands is situated next to Raigmore Hospital, opposite the Macmillan Oncology Suite. The centre is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5 pm (excluding public holidays).

Maggie’s Highlands is a charity and all services are free.

Contact Details
Maggie’s Highlands
Raigmore Hospital
Old Perth Road
Inverness
IV32 7ND

Phone: 01463 706306; E-mail: highlands@maggiescentres.org  
Website: www.maggiescentres.org
Highlands page: http://www.maggiescentres.org/maggies/maggiescentres/home/centres/highlands/introduction.html  
Online community: http://community.maggiescentres.org/


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Marie Curie Nursing Service

Marie Curie offers a nursing service for  people who are seriously ill with cancer or other illnesses and for whom active treatment is no longer an option, but who wish to remain at home as long as possible in comfortable and familiar surroundings.

The fundamental aim of the Marie Curie Nursing Service is to maintain the seriously ill patient in the community, by giving skilled palliative nursing care to the patient and providing both practical and emotional advice and support to the patient and family/carers.

Marie Curie Registered Nurses provide appropriate and planned care, which includes assessment and evaluation of care provided, and take full professional responsibility for the patients care during their shift.

Marie Curie Health Care Assistants provide direct patient care to support physical and social needs. They do not give medicines to patients but may assist a competent patient in taking their medication.

The service is free to patients, their families and carers, and is funded in partnership with the NHS. Referrals usually come through the District Nurse.


Contact Details
Marie Curie Nursing Service
The Lodge 
Kincardine Community Hospital 
Kirkton Road  
Stonehaven 
AB39 2NJ

Phone: 07979800142
Website: www.mariecurie.org.uk
E-mail: joan.ferguson@mariecurie.org.uk


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ME Highland Support

As a long-time sufferer, now pretty well recovered, I feel I can perhaps help someone who has recently been diagnosed (or their carer) by answering their questions from my experience. Depending on where they live and how they might like to communicate, I can put them in touch with self-help groups or national bodies, from whom they can obtain further information. Sometimes people prefer to talk in the first instance to someone who is geographically nearer, rather than to someone hundreds of miles away.

I can be contacted by phone (from late morning onwards!) or by e-mail and would normally respond within a few days, depending on whether I am at home or not. There is a support group in Inverness (1st Wednesday of the month) and also one in Tain (1st Thursday of the month).


Contact Details
Website: www.meassociation.org.uk   

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Morning Cal

Morning Call is a daily telephone contact service offered to people who will appreciate the comfort of knowing that the telephone will ring every day between 9am and 11am. If not answered, a nominated contact will be advised.

The service is free to any person wishing to receive it.

Contact Details
Morning Call
28 Culloden Road
Balloch
Inverness
IV2 7HQ  

Phone: 01463 790410
E-mail: alan@friendship-services.com

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Parenting Counts

The mission statement for Parenting Counts is confident, positive children through confident, positive parenting.

Parenting Counts is an umbrella organisation that is parent/guardian led. By seeking funding it aims to support parents and guardians in their parenting role by strengthening and developing existing groups and establishing new ones. It also seeks to raise awareness of the importance of parents and guardians.

Local experience has identified a need for ongoing, facilitated, parent-led, open groups alongside short-term, closed, prescriptive groups, linked to statutory bodies. These local groups will provide support, personal development, exchange of skills and knowledge, training, networking and group mentoring to all interested parents and guardians.

If anyone is interested in setting up a group they should contact Aileen Turnbull (see contact details below).

The group that meets at Auchtertyre (at present the only one in Skye and Lochalsh) is called PG Tips (stands for Parenting Group Tips) and meets on the third Friday of each month from 9.30am - 11.30am in the Community Education Centre. Please check dates before turning up as some months dates need to be shuffled to suit everyone's diaries.

Contact Details
Aileen Turnbull Phone: 01599 566332
E-mail: aileenturnbull@herbest.fsnet.co.uk  

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Rag Tag ‘n Textile

Rag Tag n Textile offers training in a supported environment to people who are suffering from mental health problems. It makes high quality clothing and other textile items from recycled clothing and donated fabrics. Rag Tag n Textile is currently developing a number of accredited courses which will enable it to offer training packages to other organisations and is working in partnership with TAG Highland, North Highland and the SQA in order to do this. Tag Tag n Textile also offers work experience placement in a variety of different areas including all areas of textile technology, website operation and admin. The primary client group are suffering from mental health problems, and Rag Tag n Textile offers a safe client centred route back into work and/or volunteering.

A healthy lunch and refreshments are offered every day for a cost of £1 per day.

All trainees are referred by a health professional, and many volunteers are also supported to volunteer. Rag Tag n Textile offers a safe and non-judgmental environment for people to progress and embed literacy and numeracy training as part of the training for work environment.

Rag Tag n Textile does not offer counseling but works closely with support services should a client need more help in any way – numeracy/literacy and/or mental health support.

Training is delivered in a client centered way and all trainees and volunteers are offered training in a variety of different skills, the majority of which are craft based. The courses that are offered are currently undergoing the process of accreditation. There are two trainers who job share, and a number of highly skilled, trained volunteers who deliver the training. Trainees are encouraged to actively participate in their own training development by use of personal development plans.

We offer training places both at Balmacara and at Broadford. Opening hours are:
Balmacara - Monday to Friday 9 to 5
Broadford - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9 to 4.30

There is also a lovely little shop at our Balmacara workshop, which sells a wide selection of gifts and clothing and which also offers possibilities of retail training.

Contact Details
Rag Tag ‘n Textile
Workshop 1 and 2
The Steadings
Balmacara Square
Balmacara   IV40 8DJ
Phone: 01599 566793; Fax: 01599 566793 (Head Office)

And

Unit 3
Broadford Industrial Estate
Broadford   IV49 9AP
Phone: 01471 822043

Website: www.ragtagntextle.org.uk  
E-mail: info@ragtagntextile.org.uk

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Ross Shire Women’s Aid - Skye, Lochalsh & Wester Ross Outreach Service

Skye, Lochalsh & Wester Ross Outreach Service provides a local specialist and confidential service for women, children (if any) and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse here in Skye & Lochalsh. Experiences of domestic abuse can be, but are not limited to acts of physical, sexual, financial and emotional violence against women.

The service offers practical information and social and emotional support, both informal and formal. This can be meeting in a mutually agreed safe place, helping in emergency situations, form filling and benefits, accompanying or seeking support from other agencies for example the police, housing, solicitors, doctors, other health services, schools and any other person/s or organisations that can offer local women help.  Women’s Aid’s commitment is to empower women, listen carefully, and provide options available so women can make informed decisions regarding their futures.

Ross-shire Women’s Aid has an open door policy, and it can if needed provide safe refuge. The Refuge is based in Dingwall, and is a purpose-built building that houses 5 flats for families, all with their own amenities and 2 bedsits.  There is also a teenagers’ room, and a play room for the younger children with an outdoor play area and garden.

The staff at Ross-shire Women’s Aid include: a Manager, Administrator, 6 Women’s Support Workers and 3 Children and Young Person’s Practitioners.  The Refuge is open all year round.  There is an on-call service which at present is available to women in refuge only. Any out of hour’s service is provided by the 24 hour Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Skye, Lochalsh & Wester Ross Outreach Service is available Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm

Ross-shire Women’s Aid is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm (Sat & Sun Refuge)

Contact Details  

Ross-shire Women’s Aid

Phone 01349 863568 (24 hour answering service)

Skye, Lochalsh & Wester Ross Outreach Service
Phone  07715 532979

Emails: info@rosswa.co.uk

Domestic Abuse Helpline (24 hours) 0800 027 1234

Website: www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk

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Sense Scotland

Sense Scotland works with children, young people and adults who have communication support needs due to deafblindness, sensory impairment, learning or physical disability. We lead the field in communication and innovative support services for people who are marginalised because of challenging behavior, health care requirements and the complexity of their support needs. Our services are designed to provide choice and continuity across age groups and we work closely with families and with colleagues from health, education and social work.

Contact Details
Sense Scotland
Office 12
Co-Operative Garage
Main Street
Broadford
IV49 9AB

Contact 0141 429 0294 to be directed to your local office

Website: www.sensescotland.org.uk  
E-mail: nwatson@sensescotland.org.uk



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Shirlie Project

Established in 1994, The Shirlie Project is a supported employment agency which aims to promote social inclusion of people who, because of their disability, face exclusion from the labour market. The Project represents people of all ages and with all levels of disability, and helps them find open paid employment at the current market rate (not government subsidised). The people represented include:-

  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with autistic spectrum disorders
  • people experiencing mental ill health
  • people with an acquired brain injury
  • young people who have dis-engaged from education, training and employment

The Shirlie Project has a job coach based in Portree who is trained to provide individual tailored support to each client. The Project’s work enables clients to realise and develop their aspirations, and gives them the skills and the confidence to achieve them. The profiling process identifies any support issues that need to be addressed either pre-employment or by in-work support.

Although the main focus of The Shirlie Project’s work is employment, a large extent of its work involves enabling people to become more integrated in their community. As well as supporting clients, the Project also supports employers at all times to help overcome any difficulties and to make sure that needs and expectations are compatible.

Contact Details
The Shirlie Project
40 Longman Drive
Inverness
IV1 1SU

Phone: 01463 716179; local job coaches – Jryna Batters 07717 882431; Ellen Reid 07884 295324
Website: www.shirlie.co.uk  
E-mail: admin@shirlie.co.uk


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Skye and Lochalsh Association for Disability (Kyleakin Connections)

Kyleakin Connections is a service working to encourage independent living for people with learning/physical disabilities, to develop their independence and lead ordinary, fully inclusive lives within the community.  We offer a place where people can come together to learn new skills and improve existing skills.   We operate our own Nice Café & Bookshop which enables access to training and job opportunities.

Activities include:

  • outdoor & indoor activities eg canoeing, walking, archery, fishing, yoga etc
  • conservation
  • computering
  • adult literacy and numeracy tuition
  • cookery
  • gardening
  • music and drama
  • arts & crafts
  • social skills training
  • exercise and participation in sporting activities
  • various project work

The Centre is open three days a week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10am to 3.45pm.  The café and bookshop is open every Wednesday (excluding holidays) 11am to 3pm.

Contact Details
Skye and Lochalsh Association for Disability
Kyleakin Connections
The Old School
Kyleakin
Isle of Skye
IV 41 8PH

Phone: 01599 534752
Website: www.slad-skye.org.uk
E-mail: woodpeckers53@yahoo.com  

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Skye and Lochalsh Community Care Forum

The Community Care Forum is the voice of service users and carers. It works within the community to enable groups and individuals to be involved in the development and delivery of community care services, to speak out about the services they receive, and identify gaps in service.

The Community Care Forum is always pleased to hear from individuals and groups who have issues regarding community care, either positive or negative. The Forum is in regular contact with service providers, and is able to represent the views of users of community care services and/or their carers with a view to improving services and filling gaps.

Contact Details
Skye and Lochalsh Community Care Forum
Victoria Cottage
Hedgefield Road
Portree
Isle of Skye
IV51 9GF

Phone: 01478 613361
E-mail: slccforum@yahoo.co.uk  

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Skye and Lochalsh Council on Alcohol

Skye and Lochalsh Council on Alcohol provides a free counselling service for anyone in the area who is experiencing problems due to alcohol or drugs misuse. The service is available both to the person who is misusing these substances and also to those affected on a daily basis by living in a home where these problems are a part of day to day living.

The Council also offers a range of training courses and seminars, and runs an alcohol awareness project that includes visits to each of the area’s 20 Primary Schools on an annual basis to work with Primary 7 pupils. The Council also works with youngsters in the Secondary Schools, and it is the area’s registered centre for providing a range of Servewise courses for licensees in conjunction with Alcohol Focus Scotland and City & Guilds.

Clients can be referred to the Council from a variety of agencies including GPs, Health Visitors, Social Workers, Criminal Justice, Police, Employer, Prison, Hospital, Church, AA, Friend or Self. The Council offers free one to one counselling and will also work with couples. It offers support for family members, works with varied client groups, offers practical advice and information and is non discriminatory.

Clients can call into the Council’s office or phone for information and advice and can make an appointment with a counsellor or just have an informal chat. Clients can expect a warm welcome, complete confidentiality and support to encourage them to take charge of their own life and to value themselves.

Counselling is available at several locations throughout Skye and Lochalsh, and in Portree, Kyle of Lochalsh, Broadford and Dunvegan in particular. As the Council uses Health Board and Social Work offices for counselling sessions, it can provide the service in other areas as well on request. Counselling appointments can be made for Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and evening and Saturday appointments are also available if required.

Skye and Lochalsh Council on Alcohol’s office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and requests for out of hours appointments can be arranged. A confidential answering service is also available for out of office hours and the Council will be discreet when returning calls.


Contact Details 
Phone: 01478 612 633
E-mail: donald.beaton@btconnect.com  

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Skye and Lochalsh Friends of A.R.M.S

Skye and Lochalsh Friends of A.R.M.S offers High Density Oxygen Treatment to MS clients and non MS Medical conditions.  Services are delivered out of the centre at Unit 8b Industrial Estate, Lisigarry Place, Dunvegan Road, Portree.  Sessions last about one and half hours and prior appointments are essential.


Contact Details
Skye and Lochalsh Friends of A.R.M.S
Unit 8b Industrial Estate
Lisigarry Place
Dunvegan Road
PORTREE
Isle of Skye
IV51 9BD

Phone: 01478 612984
E-mail: iansmart667@btinternet.com  

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Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association

Am Fasgadh is a drop-in centre for anyone experiencing problems because of their mental health. We don’t do therapy or counselling and our staff aren’t clinically qualified – it’s about friendship and support. The key is providing a homely atmosphere where people who might otherwise be isolated feel a sense of ownership and belonging. Informality is very important and the centre doesn’t feel like a “normal” mental health service. We have an open door policy and don’t categorise people according to their illness or keep any files or notes about our members.

There are many ways of using the centre. Some people just want time out to have a coffee in peace. Others are looking for advice on difficult problems, or simply someone who’ll listen in confidence. We often help with forms, phone calls and budgeting or come to appointments or meetings when someone wants some support. The centre is open 365 days a year. Every day we serve a high quality main meal at a cost of just £2.20. We understand that there are good days and bad days and we’ll try to provide whatever help we can.

An Drochaid is an outreach service for Lochalsh and South Skye. It provides a weekly meeting in different venues and one to one support for people referred to us by their doctor, CPN etc. Please contact Am Fasgadh for more details or to get involved.

Am Fasgadh is open: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5pm


Contact Details
Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association
Am Fasgadh
Woodpark
Dunvegan Road
Portree
Isle of Skye
IV51 9HQ

Phone: 01478 613533; Fax: 01478 613095
Website: www.slmha.co.uk  
Emails: admin@slmha.co.uk  

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Skye & Lochalsh Parent Carers Support Group

The aims of the Parent Carers group are to ensure that all children with physical and/or learning difficulties or additional needs and their parents and/or carers have their rights upheld, their needs addressed, their voices heard and have choice and influence over all aspects of their lives.

The group offers peer support for the parents of these children and, when necessary, pressurises Highland Council for improved services. The group has in the past set up summer playscheme activities for the children, because of the limited activities provided by Highland Council, and lobbied for a local respite unit for the children.

The Parent Carers group is supported by Skye & Lochalsh Community Care Forum and meets as and when required by parents dependent upon circumstances.


Contact Details
Skye & Lochalsh Parent Carers Support Group
c/o Skye & Lochalsh Community Care Forum
Victoria Cottage
Hedgefield Road
Portree
IV51 9GF

Phone: 01478 613361
E-mail: slccforum@yahoo.co.uk  

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Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers

Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers provides support for young carers under the age of 18 who provide care, assistance or support to a parent, sibling, grandparent or other person who is affected by a physical disability, learning disability, sensory impairment, physical or mental illness, drug or alcohol problem or other condition connected with a need for care, support or supervision.

Young Carers offers:

  • Weekly group meetings - meet after school to have fun, make new friends, access appropriate information and support, do team and craft activities as well as skill development challenges.
  • Respite breaks - go on day outings each school holiday time and High School members have a weekend trip away at Christmas time.
  • One to One support for advice, or to talk about any worries or difficulties - also drop-in service at lunch times or after school for a confidential chat or information.
  • Advocacy Support - Workers can be there to offer support at school, or at any family support meetings.  They can highlight issues of concern and promote good practice with or on behalf or young carers and their families  
  • Training for young carers which promotes their safety and well being as well as training for service providers to help promote awareness and good practice.
  • Bereavement support as required

Contact Details
Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers
Victoria Cottage
Hedgefield Road
Portree
Isle of Skye
IV51 9GF

Phone: 01478 613617
Website: www.skyeyoungcarers.co.uk  
Emails: mjagger@slccf.fsnet.co.uk  

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Skye Old People's Welfare Committee

Skye Old People's Welfare provides a door to door transport service for the over 65's and people with disabilities in Skye & Raasay.

Contact Details
Skye Old People's Welfare Committee
Tigh Lisigarry
Bridge Road
Portree
Isle of Skye
IV51 9ER

Phone: 01478 612921
Website: www.slcvo.org.uk
Emails: info@slcvo.org.uk  

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Skye Talking Newspaper

The Skye Talking Newspaper is a member of the Scottish Talking Newspaper Association.

It offers a weekly service of a copy of the West Highland Free Press on cassette tape free to visually impaired people.

Phone Morna MacLaren at the Portree Library or at home to arrange for a cassette tape to be posted to your house.



Contact Details
Skye Talking Newspaper
1A Budhmor
Portree
Isle of Skye
IV51 9DJ

Morna MacLaren
Phone: 01478 614823
01478 612749

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TAG (Training and Guidance) Project, Skye and Lochalsh

The TAG project, as it is known locally, is actually a highland-wide project, delivered through NHS Highland and match funded with ESF monies and support from Highland council.  TAG is an accredited Training Provider delivering nationally recognized courses in IT, Numeracy and literacy, communications, digital photography and various creative projects, arts and crafts and creative writing.  TAG also offers a professional adult guidance service and can support people through open learning if they wish. The client group are people recovering from mental health issues, mild, or severe and enduring, and the aim is to help people to recover their confidence and help them to prepare to get back to mainstream life if possible.  Although time-limited, TAG’s service is person-centred, helping people to choose their own goals and supporting them when they need it.  TAG also has a remit to help people regain their work skills and this is done by arranging work placements or voluntary work and assisting with job-seeking skills, writing applications and creating CV’s.   TAG is a warm, caring environment and its intention is to make learning fun!   

There are 2 projects managed locally, one based in Portree and one in Lochalsh at the Auchtertyre Learning and Development Centre.  Tutoring is provided  individually and in small groups, and training is delivered at the client’s own pace.  TAG is open in Portree on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and in Auchtertyre on Wednesdays - 10 am till 4pm in both venues.  TAG provides travel expenses and child care costs up to £50.00 per week, and lunch is free if a learner attends all day.  Hours of attendance are decided with the project co-ordinator when learners first start, but can be reviewed at any time. 

TAG has good relationships with colleges, jobcentreplus, the local community mental health team, and other agencies providing care and support for those with fragile mental health, or who are vulnerable.

Anyone can come to TAG if their health issues fit our criteria, but a referral from a professional agency is required.   Contact TAG for details.



Contact Details
The TAG Unit
Elgin Hostel
Portree
Isle of Skye
IV51 9EE

and

The Old School,
Auchtertyre,
Kyle of Lochalsh.


Phone 01478 613535 or 01599 566222
Email: vickisamuels@yahoo.co.uk
Website   www.taghighland.org.uk

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Trust Housing

Trust Housing provides Housing Support Services by way of Sheltered Housing and Amenity Housing.

Sheltered Housing is provided at Shulishader Beag, Portree. It consists of 18 cottages plus a main block of 6 flats. Communal facilities including a lounge, laundry and guest bedrooms. 

The Development coordinator is on duty from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  Careline UK provides support when staff is unavailable by means of alarm units in each flat. 

Amenity Housing is provided at Drum na Pairc, Portree.  It consists of 14 cottages.

11 cottages are for single applicants with living room, single bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, hallway. 3 cottages are for couples. There are no communal facilities.

The Local Representative visits once a week for a welfare check.



Contact Details
Trust Housing
12 New Mart Road
Edinburgh
EH14 1RL

Phone: 0131 444 1200
Website: www.trustha.org.uk  
Email: Info@trustha.org.uk

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Viewfield Garden Collective

The Garden Collective was established in July 2006 with the objectives of creating, restoring and maintaining a piece of overgrown and disused land for the benefit of the whole community, but in particular to help people who are vulnerable through mental ill health or disability to enjoy participating in an outdoor, healthy activity, which is long term and beneficial therapeutically. Nine out of ten people with mental health issues do not go out or apply for jobs, due to the stigma associated with their condition. Reactive depression affects a high percentage of unemployed people, so by providing an activity that is valuable and useful to the whole community, people can be helped and supported to find their voice and achieve some self-esteem.

Since the project started, a path has been built restoring an old right of way from the village of Portree up on to the hill and forestry. The first stage of this path is accessible for wheelchair users and the second section for people with restricted mobility but who are ambulant. The area is used frequently by visitors and locals alike. Work is now commencing on the garden which consists of 3 terraces, which has been restored to soft fruit, trees, vegetables and a scented flower garden.

A group of 6 to 8 people regularly attend once or twice a week – mixed ages and abilities. The project aims to give volunteers and trainees meaningful work and training in path-building and horticulture. Raised beds have been created in the garden for each individual to use as they please, like a small allotment. We have also installed a fifty foot poly tunnel with hard standing and raised beds complete with irrigation system.

The Collective aims to provide a space which is safe and private, but also accessible for those with diminished mobility. It is also hoped to provide volunteering opportunities for people who may have early dementia, or the elderly and infirm who may need some occupation to give their lives more value.

At present work in the garden is just on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday is supervised informally by experienced volunteers and is suitable for people just starting, Thursdays is for volunteers who can work unsupervised, but any work in the garden or newcomers must be by prior arrangement with the Collective.

The garden is situated in the grounds of Viewfield House, Viewfield road, Portree – entrance just opposite the Portree Filling Station. Access to the garden is through Skye Shrubs car park.


Contact Details

Rosie Somerville, Vice Chair & Interim Secretary
Viewfield Garden Collective
c/o Beul na Mara
Skeabost Bridge
Isle of Skye   IV51 9NP

Phone: 01470 532436
Email: rosie49@btinternet.com

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Way Forward Group

The Way Forward Group is a mutual support network for people with mobility problems or other chronic conditions and carers.

The Group organises and shares transport by minibus and car to and from fortnightly meetings on Thursdays from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm, at the A.R.M.S. centre in Portree.

The aims of the meetings are to provide companionship, talks and activities, and to support each other in solving any problems which prevent members pursuing interests. The meetings include a companionable lunch (bring your own food.... tea and coffee provided) followed by an opportunity to suggest and arrange future plans and then a different activity at each meeting.

The Group's recent Activities include Socialising, Travelling, Arts and Crafts, Music, Books, Fitness, and Games. The Group also organises regular outings and trips.

Contact Details
Name: Lyn Lawley
Tel: 01470 521243
Email: loopylyn243@btinternet.com


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National Voluntary Sector Care Services

Arthritis Care Scotland
Website: www.arthritiscare.org.uk  

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Asthma UK Scotland
Website: www.asthma.org.uk  

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Breathing Space
Website: www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk  

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Capability Scotland
Website: www.capability-scotland.org.uk  

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Contact the Elderly
Website: www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk   

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Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland
Website: www.chss.org.uk  

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Deafies
Website: www.deafies.co.uk

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Depression Alliance Scotland
Website: www.dascot.org  
Website for young people: www.lookokfeelcrap.org

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Epilepsy Scotland
Website: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk  

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Gatepost - a confidential listening and support service for the farming and land-based community in Scotland.
Website: www.rsabi.org.uk/gatepost

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Highland Carers Connect (HCCF)
Website: www.hccf.org.uk  

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Highland Childrens Forum
Website: www.connections-highland.org.uk/Highland-Childrens-Forum-g.asp  

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Highland Developmental Co-ordination Disorder Group
Website: www.hdcd.org.uk  

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Highland Home Carers Ltd
Website: www.highlandhomecarers.co.uk  

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Highland Hospice -
Website: www.highlandhospice.org  

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Highland Society for Blind People
Website: www.highlandsocietyforblindpeople.co.uk    

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ME Association
Website: www.meassociation.org.uk  

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MS Society Scotland
Website: www.mssocietyscotland.org.uk  

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National Autistic Society
Website: www.autism.org.uk

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Support In Mind Scotland (support for people affected by serious mental illness)

www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk

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Scottish Huntingtons Association
Website: www.hdscotland.org  

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SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Association
England Website: www.sada.org.uk

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Your Call - National Freephone Telephone Counselling Service for Disabled People in Scotland.

Contact Details
Phone: 08088 01 03 62

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Public Sector Health & Social Care Services in Skye & Lochalsh

For information on public sector health & social care services in the Lochalsh and Skye area Click Here

 

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