• The Wellness Hub, 23rd of July

    This is my second last session with the Walk ‘n Talk group of the Health and Wellness Hub  and as usual, I see them returning to the Pat Cullinan Centre from the walk to Strathclyde Park as I walk up from my bus stop. I was asked by a few people if I had been walking with them? I say no, but I’d love to! So I  intend or should I say Hope – to meet up with them at 10 o’clock on Thursday 30th which will be our last session for now.
    Being the summer, the group members have had days away, holidays and other commitments- but that is fine, we had a small, but perfectly formed group today!

    Yet again, I am struck by their friendliness, their warmth to each other, and to me. And again, they are in the news! The Motherwell Times did a two page spread on the community learning successes that includes the Walk n Talk group. This group is part of a Discovery programme for people over 50s and the Paths For All . We talked about following on from this Wee Read group with Lapidus Scotland training for anyone in the group who wants to take a shot at being a facilitator for reading and writing. I was delighted that I have at least one volunteer to do this!

    JpegThe Motherwell Times spread with photos of some of the group proudly smiling at the Discovery Awards. See The Motherwell Times for details here “The Walk and Talk Group were recognised for their enthusiasm and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of local residents through managing the weekly health walk.”





    Today we did something different, we wrote up some of our lines onto one of the white boards and here are some of the lines inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem, ‘Hope Is the thing with feathers’. We had talked about what we would hope for…here are our Lines of Hope:
    Birds sing even when the weather is bad, we should  sing then too.

    Hope springs eternal.

    There has been a time in my life when all I had was hope. It was the light at the end of the tunnel.When I had hope, I had everything.

    I hope for light on the chillest day.

    I would hope for health for my family… and that the senseless wars end.

    Like a wee flower opening up…

    Flowers are my life.



    I am looking forward with a tinge of sadness, to our last session this summer. Let’s see what we can write on the board then!!

  • Walk n Talk Group, Thursday 9th July

    JpegWhat a smashin’ time we spent, sharing stories around a Travel and holiday theme. We read from Jim Perrin’s Travels with the Flea’ and heard from a home-grown writer in the group, as well as everyone who was happy to write and chat about where they would love to go…

    We learned from a Polish participant the Polish word for Spain, and a lovely memory created by Desiderata, brought a tear to my eye!

    Here is a wee extract from Desiderata

    “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible, without surrender,
    be on good terms with all persons.

    Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
    even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.”



    Liz Lochhead is a Motherwell-born poet and we looked at her ‘Trouble is not my middle name’ poem.

    We had an Every Picture tells a Story activity, some people said with drawings about their  holiday destination, and wrote from pictures and postcards.We had some laughter and tears, some goodbyes and hellos to new people.

    Smashin’ group, and people.





  • Walk and Talk at The Wellness Hub, Motherwell

    After their weekly walk to Strathclyde Park, the Walk n Talk group come back to Pat Cullinan Community Centre for a cup a tea n a blether. On Thursday 2nd July, we also started a Wee Read writing and reading group. We heard poems and stories, and wrote about animals and childhood homes amongst other things.

    I heard that the group recently won an award and I can see why! The award is for Oustanding Achievement in promoting good health and wellbeing. Well done!The group is part of the Health and Wellness Hub 

    The group was so friendly and welcoming, it was a pleasure sharing some time with them. I will do another three Thursdays of Wee Read wi’ the Walk n Talk group!



  • Wee Read gets aboot

    Well, 6 or 7 weeks into the Wee Read project, I have made a lot of new contacts and learned a lot about becoming a community social enterprise! In the past few weeks, I have been speaking to Lanarkshire folk in the peer network for supporting people with mental health issues, ‘ Expeerience Counts’. I met old faces and new at a development day in Wishaw,  and it was  good to hear about the intelligent work they are doing to help people to self-manage.

    I have also met staff at Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health in Hamilton, and then to Motherwell,  at The Wellness Hub . I love finding out what like-minded people are up to, and it’s made a bit homelier because it’s me coming home to Lanarkshire. It’s definitely different from Glasgow and it’s so good to be free to tok in ma ain voice.

    I am encouraged by the interest for Wee Read’s services and am getting nearer to doing a few taster sessions. Can’t wait!

    I have a beautiful diary that I have sought put over the past 3 years- Faber Poetry Diary, it is so helpful, as it has poems on pages to keep me inspired, or for using in groups!