Dumbarton Mental Health Day

Stepping Stones events in Clydebank and Dumbarton to celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2013

Stepping Stones held an event with a focus on older people at Clydebank Salvation Army Hall, there was a steady trickle of people throughout the day. A variety of information stalls from Age Scotland, Live Active, Linn Vale Lifelong Learners, Alzheimers/Dementia Scotland, Health Improvement, West Dun parent support group, Carers of West Dun. Tea dancers Sue and Jim Browne were on hand to lead those present through some lively dances which proved a great success. They were promoting Tea Dances which are to be held regularly in the Clydebank and Dumbarton areas. These are organised by the Carers of West Dunbartonshire and anyone looking for more information should contact them on 0141 941 1550 for more details.

The local Live Active co-ordinators also offered guided walks at 11am and 2.30pm and a vitality taster at 1pm.

Linn Vale Lifelong Learners had jewellery on display made by the group and gave demonstrations on how to make shambala style bracelets. Members spoke of the difference being part of the group has made in their lives. One member stated that prior to being involved with Stepping Stones she had been very down and that nothing in her life was good. Stepping Stones had set her on the path to recovery by offering the opportunity to talk and to be listened to and to ultimately get involved in various other activities.

Some members both male and female attend a sewing group and are making gent’s trousers and women’s suits as well as a host of other items.

The second event was held in St Augustine’s community hall in Dumbarton this was a much more intimate affair and was well attended. Tea, Coffee and cakes were available to all as was the chance to have a 10 minute taster massage which went down well with all present. Volunteers from a Relaxation and Therapy group in Alexandria were on hand to talk about their well attended group which meets weekly and has a focus on wellbeing they are in the process of an introduction to pilates course and have tai chi and circle dancing as proposed new activities.

Staff and volunteers attended both events, everyone was warmly welcomed and encouraged to participate.

For more information contact:

Stepping Stones Organisation (Mental Health),

Whitecrook Business Centre,

78 Whitecrook St.,

Clydebank G81 1QF.

Tel 0141 941 2929

Email: admin@stepstones.org.uk

Website: www.stepstones.org.uk

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