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The Nimblefingers project has been involved in a three-week trial with the Arisaig Community Trust’s Eco Project, bringing together some of the local supported people from Fort William with others from the Mackintosh Care Home in Mallaig and the Eco Project worker to work on recycling activities.
Running through November, these activities have included recycling waste cloth into ‘Feeling Fish’ that can be used with youngsters and adults as a help for them to talk about their feelings – this can be very
beneficial in situations where, for example, a young person may be experiencing bullying or isolation from their peers.
The other recycling that has been done is the making of bird boxes, step stools and ‘bug houses’ out of salvaged wood from pallets and damaged
Staff from the Montrose Centre (part of NHS Highland Adult Health and Social Care –Lochaber) facilitated these activities as part of the supported people meeting their agreed support outcomes through the Nimblefingers project.
The ethos of the Nimblefingers project (which began in 2012) has always been about recycling (which meshes well with that of the Eco Project) along with the provision of a safe environment for vulnerable and isolated people to explore their potential, providing learning opportunities and for socialising with others outside their normal circle of contact.
The latter being important for developing the self and social skills of each person, along with widening networks of friendship and support – placing people in their communities.