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Words and photographs Hannah O’Hanlon

A warm welcome greeted many visitors who flocked to Woodlands Resource Centre’s open day.

The event showcased all the Limecraigs Road adult day care, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, offers its clients, from art, music and drama, to fitness, cooking and relaxation.

Representatives from Woodlands’ partner agencies, including Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Kintyre Recycling, People and Agencies Coming Together Mid Argyll and Kintyre (PACTMAK), Shopper-Aide and Elderberries, provided information on their services.

The centre’s music group, Hands and Hearts, led by Vee Sheldrick, provided a special treat, performing This Is Me from the Greatest Showman soundtrack, complete with Makaton sign language.

Development worker Aileen Morris said: ‘We held an open day three years ago when we were faced with closure and we are under threat again so we wanted to show people what we do here.’

Referring to the clients, she added: ‘This is their home, a safe place for them.

‘If they are not able to be here for whatever reason, they can become quite unhappy.’

In March, Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership’s Integrated Joint Board discussed ways to bridge a £13 million funding gap for 2018/19, which appeared to threaten Woodlands’ future.

A petition and strong words from Scottish Government health minister Shona Robison kicked the potential care cuts into the long grass but staff remain concerned for the service which they believe is ‘vital’.

Music group Hands and Hearts performs This Is Me complete with Makaton sign language. 50_c47woodlands01

Back row, from left: Neeni Macdougall, unit manager Ann Anderson, Catherine Grogan, senior Lucy McLafferty and Isobel Gordon. Front: Jean Tear, Donald Chilton and Julie Galbraith. 50_c47woodlands02

Back row, from left: Aileen Morris, Margaret McLean, Vee Sheldrick and Mary McMillan. Front: Sharon Stewart, William Clements and Gillian MacIntyre. 50_c47woodlands03

S2 students at Campbeltown Grammar School, Sophie McSporran, left, and Eryne Barr, right, helped Margaret Innis, assistant development worker, sell baking. 50_c47woodlands04

Sarah McFadzean and Lindsay Giffen of Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service. 50_c47woodlands05

PACTMAK secretary Patricia Crawford and member Lorna MacDonald told people about the charity which promotes communinty involvement for all and aims to tackle loneliness. 50_c47woodlands06