There is a sense of hope in the air across our communities. Groups are beginning to open up again. The weather is improving, so outdoor activities are more realistic. Friends and family can get together again, and can even hug each other. It’s been a long time coming. Being able to connect with people is so important for our physical and mental well being.

For some people it is more difficult to get back to “normal”. Many people who have been shielding are anxious about meeting lots of different people. One effect of the pandemic has been to reduce confidence. This affects people of all age groups, not just the elderly. Some people are less mobile as a result of being at home for a year. Carers might find it difficult to leave their loved one because they have grown accustomed to being together.

Strathcarron Compassionate Communities have a range of virtual events which anyone can join in with, to help people to connect from their own home. There are monthly story telling sessions and Musical Memories. These sessions are relaxed and informal. They are provided by people in the community. If you are unsure about the technology side of things, we can offer help.

We also offer the support of a Compassionate Neighbour who can help you to reconnect with your community, or simply have a cuppa and a blether. This support can be face to face in your home, a local café, or in a local park.

We also offer telephone support, or a “pen pal”.

If you would like to know more about any of these things, please phone 01324 826222 or email [email protected] You can also follow us on Facebook Strathcarron Compassionate Communities