At Braid Health and Wellbeing, we see an ageing population as an opportunity, rather than a challenge and one which is vital for the progression of society. We are working hard towards delivering radically different approaches to providing our care and support for those experiencing conditions of ageing.
Our aim is to develop a wide variety of mental and physical wellbeing services, which are accessible to all. So whether your passion is singing, dance, films, being active, mindfulness, knitting, building things or just chatting away to like-minded folk… we’ve got something for you.
Group and Outreach Support
We run a number of free wellbeing support groups including a Carers Support Group, a Tea and Chat Group and Early Onset Peer Support Group. These groups provide a non-judgmental, caring environment where you can talk with others facing similar difficulties to you. We also have speakers at these groups who can provide helpful information on the ageing process. Contact us to find out more.
Activity Clubs and Classes
We provide activities such as relaxation classes, exercise classes, art classes with our resident artist, a singing group, our knitting club, our railway club and therapy dogs sessions. We also have regular performances from musicians and magicians. These clubs and activities can be accessed for free by our Day Service clients or by anyone within our community who is over the age of 60. Check out our activity calendar. Contact us to find out more.
If you would like to take part but you can’t come into our centre, many of our activity sessions are available on Zoom. If you would like to take part, send us an email and we will send you the meeting link. We will soon start recording some of our sessions and sharing them on our website, keep an eye out on our social media for updates!
We run a free weekly digital support group for clients which is available to anyone over the age of 60. This is a great way to socialise from the comfort and safety of your own home while taking part in fun activities guided by our Care Team. We also have KOMP Devices available on loan. Contact us to find out more.
Our Life Skills Courses are an opportunity for individuals to learn and re-learn life skills such as making the bed, making a cup of tea, cooking and putting on washing. This is aimed at anyone who struggles to remember things or process information i.e. someone who has dementia, or someone who has mobility issues which could have resulted from a stroke. These courses are free for anyone over the age of 60 or under the age of 60 who is dealing with the early onset of an age related illness. The course is also a suitable activity for younger adults with learning disabilities, however there may be a charge or we may ask you for a donation towards the service. Contact us to find out more.
We have created two wonderful sensory rooms within our centre which are available to hire. These rooms provide a calming and nurturing experience. They are aimed at supporting people with dementia and younger adults who have disabilities or learning difficulties. We also rent them out for anyone running relaxation or wellbeing classes. Take a look at our price list or if you would like to tour the space, please email Lewis. Please note that this service is free to anyone over 60 or under 60 who has an early onset diagnosis of an age related condition.
We have a range of rooms which can be hired out for events and activities, alongside a large, fully equipped kitchen. Our biggest space, which is linked to the kitchen via a hatch, can hold up to 60 people for dining. We also have a variety of smaller rooms including rooms perfect for a board meeting or for interviews. Take a look at our price list or if you would like to tour the space, please email Lewis.
We support elderly, vulnerable and isolated individuals through our Day Service based in Livingston, West Lothian. This is a supportive environment in which people can socialise, take part in a range of meaningful activities and learn new skills. Popular activities include Magic Table games, quizzes, arts and crafts, reminiscence activities, word games, armchair exercises, knitting, using the model railway and bingo. We also bring entertainers into the centre regularly and we run day trips to shows and musical events.
We have spaces for both local council referred clients and self-referred private clients. For those referred by their social worker who are eligible for a council place, the cost of the service to them will be means assessed by the council. For private clients, the cost is £38 per day or for a half day is £20. This includes lunch, tea and snacks. Contact our Care Team to self refer to the service.
“My son Paul attended the dark room today and we were met with friendly faces. We were taken round to the room by Tasha and my first impressions of the centre was that it had a lovely welcoming “feel”. Paul was really looking forward to using the sensory room and indeed it didn’t disappoint. Paul and his PA really enjoyed the experience and Paul is really looking forward to coming back. He couldn’t wait to tell his dad all about it and became very animated when chatting about it. As a parent I was pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere and standards in the centre. I will be recommending the room to our friends who’s sons/daughters may benefit from the rooms. Could I also add the rooms are ideally situated away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. The staff I met today were lovely”
– February 2022