Volunteers wanted for Ninewells Gift Shop

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Are you a people-person who has a couple of hours a week to spare? Ninewells Gift Shop offers volunteer opportunities and would love to hear from you.

Ninewells Gift Shop is located in the main concourse of Ninewells Hospital and offers a range of gifts, toys, greeting cards, jewellery, scarves, bags, candles, handmade soap and much more.

The shop is now looking for volunteers who have a cheery and outgoing personality and who can commit to this role for at least six months.

Voluntary service manager Val Ewan said, “It is a great opportunity if you enjoy social interaction and to have a chat. The funds generated by Ninewells Gift Shop make a big difference to patients and families across Tayside.

“The gift shop already has a dedicated team of volunteers, but we have recently revised the store’s opening hours and we now have some new opportunities for volunteers.  There are various shifts available and the shop is open from Monday to Saturday.

“If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch. There are no formal requirements, but our volunteers need to complete a volunteer application form and a Disclosure Scotland check.”

For an application form or more information, please contact fundraising support officer Gillian Moran on 01382 740766 or gillian.moran@nhs.net or

Val Ewan on 01382 740136 or volunteeringservice.tayside@nhs.net

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Celebration of Printmaking at Stracathro Stroke Rehabilitation Unit

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Bold printmaking and craftwork created by stroke inpatients went on display at the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Stracathro Hospital today.

The work was created as part of the annual ST/ART art programme, an engagement project for stroke participants which is delivered across Tayside. The project is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in association with NHS Tayside.

Artist Jude Gove has been working with inpatients at the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit over the past four months, tailoring the process to suit the participants using a variety of printmaking and crafts techniques, including mono and linocut printmaking, screenprinting and textile products.

Participants in the programme received one-to-one sessions and also had the opportunity to join in weekend group sessions which allow participants to work together in a social atmosphere.

A wide range of the work produced by the group is on display, including prints, bags, cushions and lampshades.

Chris Kelly, the ST/ART project coordinator, said, “It is always fascinating to see a new group of participants explore different materials and processes.  The work is always highly individual and they discover that being creative contributes to their rehabilitation and is good for their health and wellbeing.

“Jude is highly experienced and her relationship with the unit staff is very strong.  The work we do would be impossible without the support and belief of the staff and we really appreciate their commitment which is important to the ongoing success of the programme.”

Jude explained, “It has been great to be back at Stracathro again and engage the patients in such a positive way.  Over time we have evolved the work I deliver and this year is a strong development of the printed textile ideas we tried last year.

“At first most participants think they will not be able to do much at all but are amazed and delighted to discover that they can.  We can then work together to create some very accomplished works like the lampshades which is a really positive, empowering experience for them.”

Charge nurse Sandie Japp added, “We know that each year the art programme helps each individual differently but we are still amazed at what people achieve.

“The work that patients produce and the impact that working with the artist can have is remarkable! It’s fantastic to have the work on display and see it all on show together.”

New art exhibitions in Angus

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Anthony with his artwork in the Stracathro café

The Pavilion @ Stracathro café and Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre are hosting new art exhibitions which will run throughout June and July.

The exhibition in the gallery at Stracathro features the work of Angus artist Anthony Shellard. Living in Angus, his work is inspired mainly by the landscapes of Angus and the Highlands.

Speaking about his work, Anthony said, “I paint in watercolour and acrylic. I have had no formal training but I have received lots of help and guidance, and I greatly enjoying painting as a hobby.”

The majority of the art on display at the gallery is for sale, with each participating artist donating 20% commission of sales to Stracathro Hospital. All money raised is used to enhance the hospital environment for patients and visitors.

Local artist Betty Fotheringham, who has a qualification in embroidery from Dundee College, has produced a series of textile pieces for her exhibition which is situated in the main corridor at Whitehills.

Betty said “I have been stitching for over seventy years. I paint most of my textile art backgrounds with water colours using different methods such as sponging, spraying, nature printing from flowers and leaves, and I do even sometimes use brushes. I hope you enjoy what you see.”

All works are for sale with 20% commission on sales being donated to Whitehills.

The exhibitions at Stracathro and Whitehills are changed approximately every eight weeks and local artists are invited to display their work. The Stracathro café is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 4pm and the Whitehills display is open daily from 9am until 7pm.

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Betty and her textile art at Whitehills

Garden party appeal for 40th anniversary of Roxburghe House

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Roxburghe House first opened its doors four decades ago and to mark this special anniversary staff are inviting members of the public to a garden party at the unit on Saturday, 7 July.

The garden party will provide the public with an opportunity to celebrate this important milestone in the history of palliative care service within NHS Tayside.

Staff are planning a fun-filled afternoon in July which will include music, a delicious selection of home baking, teas and coffee, raffles and special entertainment for children. There will also be the opportunity to walk down memory lane with displays featuring many of the previous staff and events that have helped shape the service over the years.

Clinical co-ordinator for specialist palliative care services Fiona Barnett said, “We are very much looking forward to the 40th anniversary of Roxburghe House in July and would invite members of the public to put the date in their diaries.

“Our staff offer a vital specialist palliative care service to the people of Tayside, providing dedicated support to patients and their families at often very difficult times in their lives. Roxburghe House has over the years developed strong links with the local and wider communities and is held in high regard by the public.

“We are appealing to the public to get in touch if they have any old photos from the last 40 years which they would be happy to lend to our display.  We would also be really delighted to accept any donations towards our raffle and these can be handed in to the reception at Roxburghe House.”

Roxburghe House is a purpose-built specialist palliative care unit in the grounds of Royal Victoria Hospital in Dundee. The unit offers specialist palliative care to patients with cancer and other illnesses and is staffed by a dedicated multi professional team providing care in a supportive environment.

Older people Go4Gold in Perth & Kinross

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Older people in Perth & Kinross took part in a care home challenge event to highlight the importance of physical activity.

Around 120 residents from 40 care homes and day centres across the region tried their hand at various games and challenges at the seventh annual Go4Gold event in Bells Sports Centre in Perth. The event, which is one of the biggest of its kind in Scotland, was designed around this year’s theme of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton.

The participants took part in various physical challenges including indoor kurling, golf throwing target, fishing for ducks, Indoor Quoits, and a golf putting challenge.

Each team was supported by carers, staff, and volunteers from the Rotary, Soroptimists, Tesco, Scottish and Southern Electricity, Perth College UHI, school pupils and other organisations.

Some of the other activities on the day included a warm-up session led by Perth College UHI, a games challenge, a tea dance and sing song after lunch with the Perth High School ceilidh band providing the music and singers.

In the weeks before the event, staff and residents from each care home also created posters for the poster competition reflecting a theme around the recent royal wedding.

Go4Gold was organised by the Perth & Kinross Care Home Activity Network (CHAN), which is a partnership between Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership, Live Active Leisure, the third sector and local care homes.

The event aims to increase physical activity levels for all care home residents in a fun and meaningful way.

During the weeks prior to the event, all the participants trained for and practiced the activities within their care setting to promote active living.

Each participant received a Go4Gold medal and certificate and trophies were presented for the overall winner, most enthusiastic team, best team name, best team identity and best poster.

Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership Falls Service Manager Carolyn Wilson said, “The Go4Gold event is a highlight of the care home year. It’s fantastic to observe the competitive spirit, enthusiasm and excitement created by all those taking part.

“Go4Gold demonstrates that everyone can exercise in some way and today we have seen a lasting legacy promoting physical activity. It goes to prove that even the frailest in our society can come together, participate in physical activity and above all have fun.”

Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Bernadette Malone, who officially opened the event, said, “Go4Gold is one of the highlights of the year for the residents of local care homes and everyone involved, including me. As we know, physical activity has lasting health and wellbeing benefits for people of all ages. The enjoyment, enthusiasm and excitement of the participants is testament to this.”