A second opportunity to find out more

Next workshop, "Introduction to Self-Management" is on Wednesday 25th February, in The Shed (behind Martin's Memorial Church on Francis Street) at 5.30pm.

Those who came along to our recent ‘Live a better life in Stornoway’ introductory meeting on 2nd February enjoyed the evening and are now keen to attend a series of three other fun, interactive, and free workshops which explore the topic of ‘self management’. Before that, however, there is another chance for local residents who missed the 2nd February date to come along to a re-run of the introductory session and find out if they are interested in joining in with the rest of the programme.

The aim of the workshops is to enable people with long-term conditions (LTCs) to step into the driving seat of their lives, and to help carers, friends and families understand how best to support this. Self management is not about ‘going it alone’ and all about choosing what help is required from whom. Neither is it a set programme which tells people what to do; it’s more about exploring what would work best for each individual. As those who live with, or care about someone with a LTC face challenges of their own, the workshops are also open to them. Although the course is developed and funded by Arthritis Care, there is no focus on medical details and so it is relevant to all who have arthritis and other long-term conditions which seriously affect day-to-day living. 

Four separate, stand-alone workshops will be delivered over the next 3 months, starting with an “Introduction to Self-Management” on Wednesday 25th February to be held at ‘The Shed’ behind Martin’s Memorial Church on Francis Street. The 3-hour session will start with some light refreshments at 5.30pm.

This is a new resource in the Western Isles and we hope that as many as possible will take the opportunity to come along and listen, discuss and reflect on new understanding of how to communicate effectively; how to understand and manage pain and other symptoms; and how to manage change in their lives.

Although the first course will be held in Stornoway, it is hoped that this will be followed by events on the other islands in the spring of 2015.

To register interest or for more information, call Anne Sobey on  01851 702632 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.