The Living Room

… safe, relaxing, comfortable…

A facility at the South Machars Community Centre

Our vision of creating a Living Room where carers, family, friends and those being cared for can meet in a safe, relaxed space is now complete.

Initially an area that’s been designed around those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, it will ultimately cater for any other disability. The room will be fully decorated in keeping with the colours that create a calming background and will include a number of memory boards, books, puzzles, etc. for much needed stimulus and interaction.

It is a self contained space in the community centre fitted with a small working kitchen with basic food preparation and cooking facilities.

Patients and their carers will be able to meet with others in a similar situation so that the patient can practice home skills such as making a cup  of tea in a safe environment. Fitted with suitable furnishings meeting safety standards to cater for all disabilities to make it as like any modern day living facility.

Not only will this facility be used by many who live with a physical or mental disability, it will also provide an area where carers, who look after those with a disability, who can chat with other like carers and use this time to reenergise, share stories, sharing information or being able to talk and share worries and high points. or continue to support the service user during their time within the centre. A disabled toilet with shower is available if needed. All access areas are regularly cleaned and sanitised in line with current guidelines.

It is also a safe space for any form of conflict mediation or if a local authority body needs to hold an interview the Living Room becomes a safe space and removes the potential fear of entering an intimidating building.

Our Vision of the SMCC is to make it accessible and inclusive to everyone in the South Machars area, which takes in a number of other towns and villages and to allow those with any disability to retain their independence for as long as possible. Social inclusion is very important to us at the Centre and we are keen to offer a facility for all abilities and promote new opportunities to those disadvantaged on the basis of their identity.

It has become clear that there is a need for such a facility in the Whithorn and South Machars area. There is a small charge for the use of the space to cover costs, etc. However, along with your organisations funding for using such a space, we are seeking funding to offer disbursements to those organisations or users who are unable to afford the space.

Please contact us on our email address if you would like to discuss anything further.

Made possible with the support of Calor Community Fund, Wigtown Community Shop, the Young Farmers, the Galloway Association of Glasgow, The Common Good Fund and the generosity of the people of Whithorn.

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