Lauder aims to do well

The new Lauder Health Centre under construction
The new Lauder Health Centre under construction
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A community health and wellbeing project is being run to coincide with the opening of the new Lauder health centre.

The main aims of the six-week programme, co-ordinated by Lauderdale Community Council and starting in August, is to improve awareness and increase confidence in all health matters – physical, emotional and spiritual – and to consider possible legacies arising from the project.

An artist's image of the new Lauder Health Centre, which is due to open at the end of September

An artist's image of the new Lauder Health Centre, which is due to open at the end of September

To date, 24 individuals and organisations have agreed to participate.

Events so far confirmed include an open day at the new Stow and Lauder health practice in early August – as soon as the health centre is handed over by Morrison/Border Construction – and activities, including a sponsored walk, health and fitness week, with lunch-box preparation and label reading organised by the pupils, staff and parents’ councils of Channelkirk and Lauder primary schools.

The Leader Leisure Centre is also getting in on the act with membership and class promotions, plus social events, while Channelkirk and Lauder Church is staging Praise in the Park.

Exhibitions on complementary therapies, emotional well-being and advice for the elderly are at an active planning stage through Border Therapies, Lauder Trading Post and Elder Voice. Borders Sport and Leisure will contribute to a Physical Week and offer support to schools through Active Health co-ordinators, NHS Borders is participating through its Fitness is Fun programme, including healthy eating and budget cooking.

Earlston High School students have planned the key features of the programme and will assist in running some of the events.

The official opening of the health centre will not take place until late September or early October on completion of the community programme when a collage of tiles painted by Channelkirk school pupils will be unveiled. On that occasion it is planned to launch a special review of health needs and services across Lauderdale as part of the Scottish Borders Council/NHS review of health services in the region.

Other possible legacies include plans by Lauderdale Development Trust to open a drop-in facility to allow those who perhaps don’t socialise as often as they would like to meet and chat with friends and peers. Also present could be various service providers and support services to give advice and progress work on establishing an allotment.

A novel result could well be The Lauderdale Shed, based on a project developed in Australia – a workshop and a hobby/relaxation area. People bring in their own projects to work on in the Shed.

Anyone involved or interested in health and well-being, and has contributions they would like to make, should contact Graeme Donald (