Funding Success To Develop Creative Breathing Spaces at Shambellie House

The Shambellie House Trust has secured £29,960 from the Scottish Government’s Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.

The new Fund supports adult community-based initiatives to help address the impact of distress and mental ill health caused by social isolation and loneliness. It will also address mental health inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sue Hughes, Manager at Shambellie House said, “A core part of this funded project is to deliver a ‘Wellness Through Creativity’ programme, taking advantage of the peaceful and calming atmosphere of Shambellie House and its grounds.  Working with local creatives, participants will experience a taster session in an artform, be it drawing, painting, sewing, music; then will be given the opportunity to relax and socialise over coffee and cake, carry on with their artwork, read, meditate, take time out and gain some breathing space.”

In addition, the project will work with specific community groups, for instance the Shambellie Quilters in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland, will reach out to people with dementia and their families to make memory quilts.  Ann Hill of the Quilters of Shambellie House added, “A quilter will sit with each family, discuss their memories or what may trigger a memory, and then make a quilt containing these significant events.  This may be an emotional, but hopefully an enjoyable experience as the family share memories or perhaps learn about each other.  The resultant quilts are then used to evoke conversation and reminiscence amongst people with dementia and their families, and we will encourage a long-term relationship with Shambellie through a new dementia friendly programme.”

The Trust will also work with PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society) to support the development of multi-sensory stories both with and for people with additional support needs and profound and multiple disabilities, to bring the history of the house to life to wider audiences.  In addition, the project will provide training and volunteering experiences to give people with a range of needs the skills to allow them to live independently.

The programme starts this year and continues across 2023.

Shambellie House opens as a new creative centre delivering art, heritage and wellbeing courses and activities this April.  A new website has just been launched highlighting the developing programme, shambelliehouse.org.

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