Ballachulish’s Wellbeing Shed keeping locals healthy and happy

The recently opened Wellbeing Shed in Ballachulish. NO F14 Ballachulish shed o2
The recently opened Wellbeing Shed in Ballachulish. NO F14 Ballachulish shed o2

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Ballchulish residents have a new service to help look after their well-being.

The Ballachulish Well-being Shed was formed nearly a year ago when local volunteers got together to discuss community well-being in the face of the ongoing Covid pandemic.

Volunteer Deborah Fyfe told the Lochaber Times: ‘As well as our patrols, help with shopping, the foodshare and foodbank, we looked at other ways we could help our community stay healthy and happy while we lived under coronavirus restrictions.’

A selection of items in the Wellbeing Shed. NO F14 Ballachulish shed 01
A selection of items in the Well-being Shed.

One of the ideas was to have what the group originally termed a ‘well-being bank’. Ms Fyfe added: ‘The idea behind the well-being bank was to have a simple resource for either lending or distributing books, toys, art and craft supplies, DVDs and other items.  The shinty club kindly allowed us to set it up in front of the pavilion.

‘Before long, we started adding perishable foods from the nightly Co-op Foodshare collection. The well-being bank might not have been the prettiest set up, but from day one it became an important and well-used community resource.

‘As we began to look to the future and beyond Covid, the idea of a well-being shed was born. Thanks to the donation of a site and funding from HIE, we now have our lovely well-used shed.

‘So many people have been involved in the setup and running of the bank, then the shed. Thanks to everyone.’