• Words Work Well Toolkit

    The Words Work Well bibliotherapy toolkit for practitioners is much improved and ready for use! Enjoy!Please add comments and if you notice gaps, we are looking to continue adding more examples of good practice!
    http://wordsworkwellscotland.co.uk/

    Includes a video of Ted Bowman introducing stories and creative bibliotherapy.

  • Writing group at The Maggie’s Lanarkshire

     

    Maggies Lanarkshire Writing group 007Wee Read will begin a new expressive writing group at The Maggie’s Lanarkshire at Monklands Hospital. We had a lovely taster session in June and I am delighted to be back here for a monthly writing group starting on Tuesday, 6th of October. where we can express our feelings in whatever way possible!Please contact the Maggie’s Lanarkshire to book, at

    Maggie’s Lanarkshire
    at The Elizabeth Montgomerie Building
    Monklands Hospital, Monkscourt Avenue,
    Airdrie
    North Lanarkshire
    ML6 0JS
    Tel: 01236 771199
    Fax: 01236 771190
    Opening times
    Monday – Friday
    9am – 5pm

    From website  “Last year Maggie’s received 125,000 visits and supported over 25,000 people newly affected by cancer; among our visitors 99% found the support we offer helpful.”

    Everyone affected by cancer is welcome to join in a monthly group in this comfortable and beautiful setting.  We will explore poems and stories and write some of our own in a friendly environment.

    Contact the Maggie’s to book for monthly group starting on Tuesday, 6th of October from 11 am to 1 pm, Tel: 01236 771199     Email   lanarkshire@maggiescentres.org

     

     

     

     

  • Wee Read at Words Work Well Weekend September 18th

    Words Work Well

    Reading, writing, storytelling, new friends!
    I spent last weekend on the best writing weekend ever. It was at Whatton Lodge in Gullane. With some old friends, Larry Butler, Ted Bowman, Valerie Gillies who were leading people like me who try to be better at facilitating the healing words work that we all do all the time.Organised by Lapidus Scotland, it is part of the project to bring training in bibliotherapy, using words for wellbeing, to Scotland. See more

    This useful  toolkit will soon be used to train new and current facilitators of groups – please let me know if you are interested!

    The setting was glorious and gave us a space where we found treasures, words to express our feelings and heartfelt stories for the future. We came together to play, learn and simply share ourselves.
    Thanks to everyone who was there- I am sure we are all reaping the fruits and benefits of that experience. It was like a cornerstone to start my autumn, my favourite season.
    We explored the new Words Work Well Toolkit – a great collection of useful experiences of using words for wellbeing across Scotland.

    I came to Gullane from Edinburgh – Embra-in Lanarkshire dialect. From my evening at the Scottish parliament where I met fellow travellers in the See Me campaign to wipe out mental health discrimination. I found the name of my local community innovation project – See Me, Read Me!Thanks to Eleanor Ogilvie and Laetitia Jan for welcoming me to this new circle of friends.
    See more

    It’s great for me to belong, to share a vision – to speak openly about our mental illness experiences and especially the taboos that end some people’s lives in suicide.

     

  • See Me Reception Evening at The Scottish Parliament 17th September

    SEE ME READ ME

    My first visit to the Scottish Parliament last night was memorable. The first person I met was a mother who had lost a child to suicide. This was the second mother met in a week who had both lost a young woman. There are no words. But I did have a conversation with them. The prevention or ability to talk about suicide more freely is one of my main motivations in delivering this work. I think some people who consider killing themselves, would benefit just from talking. Samaritans were fantastic for me when I was struggling with suicidal thoughts.
    I hope that Wee Read reading and writing groups offer that kind of lifeline, as well as something more. A chance to express what you are unable to say, a chance to talk about emotions, moods, feelings. A chance to use the imagination, to hear beautiful words, to think differently.

    Last night I networked in this fantastic building, full of magic windows; inspiring; encouraging; hopeful. It was strange that it was the eve of this referendum anniversary that I was there. It is a hopeful place. I met two MSPs, a former SNP press office worker and a mixture of great people from the See Me team.
    I found the name of my project title, it is: SEE ME, READ ME.
    So look out for a new page here with news of this exciting project fighting discrimination and taboos about mental illness.