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Braid Health and Wellbeing

Announcement! 🗣
 
We have changed our name to Braid Health and Wellbeing to reflect the exciting changes within our charity's support services. Our goal for 2021 and beyond is to provide a variety of wellbeing support options, so that our clients can access our services in a way that works for them. We have some exciting plans for this year and once restrictions allow we are going to introduce the following services. If you would like to register your interest in any of these services, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
* Life Skills Courses where individuals can learn and re-learn life skills such as making your bed, making a cut of tea, putting on a washing and digital skills. This will be open to existing clients and the public as restrictions allow. These classes will support people with age related conditions, learning difficulties and disabilities to be more independent.
*We have KOMP devices - one button computers designed for isolated individuals who struggle with technology. These will be available to some clients dependant on need and one will be available within the centre.
* A Cosy Communications Room where members of the community can rent time using our iPad/KOMP devices to contact friends and family - we can provide support on setting up Zoom calls.
*We will be introducing interest clubs such as a railway and craft club to our day services and we will invite speakers/specialists along to talk to the club members.
*The Fair Share Market Shopping Experience is set to return! Clients will be able to go shopping for great items at a reduced price and clients will have the chance to work as the cashier for the day.
* Our Magic Table will be available for community rental within the centre or at your group/club/home .
*We will host social groups and invite monthly speakers to for evening talks which will be open to the local community.
 

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Register your interest

We are so pleased to have re-opened our Day Service 5 days per week to clients who are comfortable returning to the centre and we have some exciting plans for the rest of the year.

During 2021 we are going to begin offering new health and wellbeing services to people living within West Lothian. We will also have digital services available which you can take part in no matter where you live. If you would like to register your interest for any of the following services, please fill in your details here.

We will contact you soon to give you more information and to let you know when we plan to start trailing our new services. These will include:

  • A 50-65 year old's support and information group from people facing early onset Dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke and other age related illnesses
  • A Carer support group
  • A Tea and Chat group
  • Digital support and information services via your own device (e.g. laptop, smartphone or tablet) or via Braid House devices where available 

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Volunteer Bus Attendant

 
 
Braid Health and Wellbeing are seeking a volunteer bus attendant to help us look after our clients as they travel to and from the day centre. Ideally this will be someone with a background in care or similar. If you would like to help and you are available Monday to Friday between 8.45am to 11.00am and 2.30pm to 5.00pm, get in touch. If you are only available one or two days per week that's fine too. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01506 430615.

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Virtual Kiltwalk 2021

Take part in the Virtual Kiltwalk 2021 and raise funds for Braid House! On the 23rd - 25th April you can walk 10 miles, 15 miles, run a 10K or even complete 500 skips. Whatever your fitness level - set a challenge that works for you and support elderly, vulnerable and isolated people within West Lothian. Sign up here and choose Braid House as your charity: https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/events or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

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Persimmon Homes

The amazing Persimmon Homes have given Braid House a grant of £1,000! Thank you so much!

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Afternoon Teas

Looking for something to brighten up the lockdown? Why not order yourself a delicious afternoon tea or cupcake box! This is also a great present to send to a friend who needs a little cheering up. Call 07783438315 to order, collection from Braid House in Livingston or delivery within West Lothian is £1.50 (free for orders of over 25 within 20 miles). Please order at least 24 hours in advance, available Monday - Friday, orders for the weekend will be delivered on a Friday.
 
For the afternoon tea, a variety of sandwich fillings are on offer and the sweet treats change weekly. Please let us know of any dietary requirements when ordering.
 
 

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January 2021

With yesterday's news of another lockdown for mainland Scotland, we know many of you will be feeling upset and anxious. We want all of our client's and their families to know, Braid House is still here to support you. While our day centre will once again have to close, Braid House remains open and we will be providing Outreach Wellbeing Support to all of our clients. Do you know someone who is elderly and vulnerable or isolated who would benefit from our support? Call 01506 430615 to chat to our team. Please share this post to help us reach more people in need across West Lothian.
 
One of our team will be in touch with all of our clients/their families this week, to ask which of our services you would find helpful. We will revert back to the services we we're offering prior to October, this includes;
 
- Delivery of our freshly prepared, home style meals
- Group digital support via zoom
- Telephone support
- 1-2-1 Home support (where and if appropriate)
- Activity packs
 
We know this is such a hard time for everyone, but please don't feel you are alone. Braid House is here to support you. Call 01506 430615 if you need to speak to us.

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Christmas Fair 2020

 
This Christmas, to raise funds for Braid House we are hosting a week long virtual Christmas fair, selling baked goods, presents for family and friends and even Reindeer dust! Check out the event page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1076981419439955/
 
We will be holding a raffle with lots of brilliant prizes at £1 per strip, message the Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to purchase your raffle tickets online. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 4th December.
 
To order Braid House products, message our Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will ask you to book a collection slot at a set time between Mon 30th Nov and Friday 4th Dec, 8.30-9.30am or 3-4pm.
 
If you purchase products from any of our lovely stall holders, they will post your order to you directly.
 
Braid House Goodies:
  
* Christmas Cupcakes: £1.50 each or £5 for box of 4
* Tray Bake (Millionaire or Mars): 50p per slice £1.50 for box of 4
* Banana or Ginger Loaf: £1.50
* Scones (Plain or Fruit): 50p or £1.50 for box of 4
* Hot Chocolate gift bags with marshmallows: £1 per bag
* Sweetie gift bags: £1 per bag
* Reindeer Dust: 50p per bag
* Raffle tickets: £1 per strip
Send us a message to order! ????
 
Please share our event with friends and family across West Lothian. Merry Christmas all! 
 
Christmas Cupcakes Braid House Fair

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Take Away Boxes

Braid House has introduced a new service offering a range of tasty Take Away Boxes.  Click here to view our current offerings and phone us on 01506 430615 to place your order.

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Braid House Update

It goes without saying that this has been a testing time for all of us as we learn to get to grips with the Coronavirus and lockdown but it is also with a great sense of pride that Braid House continues to support our clients and carers through this difficult period.

We might not be open to receive clients in the centre, but our services continue, just in different ways and a few of them are highlighted below:

  • Many of you will be receiving our daily meal service and a massive thank you to all the kitchen staff who have stepped up to the mark and are now producing 200 meals every day!
  • Transport and drivers are delivering these right across West Lothian and for some, it is also a welcomed social interaction during the day
  • Our telephone support team is very busy contacting you at home and giving as much support as they can
  • We have a dedicated 1:1 service offering home visits to those at most need
  • Our internet support/activity group is going from strength to strength
  • We are offering a shopping service along with activity packs which are delivered directly to your door


All the staff have been fully committed to supporting all of our clients and their carers through this challenging period and I would like to thank them all for their dedication and hard work, they really are unseen heroes in my eyes.

Please stay well and stay safe and hopefully it won't be too long until are together again in Braid House.

Ray Baird
CEO Braid House Day Centre

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Summer Newsletter 2020

Our summer 2020 newsletter is now available to read by clicking on the image below:

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Braid House Day Centre - Operating Differently


In line with West Lothian Council's advice, we are unable to welcome clients to Braid House Day Centre until further notice.

However, we are offering a wide range of support services including Telephone, 1:1 home visits (for those most at risk) Internet activity/exercise groups, Shopping services, Carer support, Activity packs (delivered to your door) and our daily meal service.
 
If you are interested in receiving any of the above services or just want the opportunity to ask more questions about them please contact us on  01506 430615.

In addition, should you like more information about our meals provision, please contact the centre on 01506 430615.
 
Personally, I would like to thank all our clients and carers for their kind words of support and great feedback in relation to the services we are delivering. 
 
Finally, a very special thank you to all the staff at Braid House who have been so committed to supporting all our clients and carers through this difficult period. 

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