Everyone is made welcome at our informal drop-ins
Ewen’s Room Open Doors sessions began over 10 years ago in 2010 in Strontian. Our initial aim was to provide information and support for people affected by mental health issues; whether their own or the shared suffering of a family member or friend. Over the years these regular meetings have evolved to provide a regular social opportunity providing support for all aspects of mental well being. Alongside a wealth of resources and information Open Doors sessions offer friendly chat, a cup of tea or coffee and delicious home baking.
Weekly Open Doors in our local villages
Why Come to an Open Doors session?
Social isolation, particularly in remote and rural locations can be detrimental to mental well-being. Ewen’s Room Open Doors sessions offer a warm welcome to everyone. They are a great place to make new friends, get to know people if you are new to the area or just come for a chat.
“I enjoy going to open doors sessions to meet and chat. Sometimes we have quite deep conversations but on the whole we swap advice, recipes and good places to visit…”
“We all benefit from each other’s company, each other’s humour and each other’s experiences; sometimes bad and sometimes good, but we all support each other in whatever way we can. Thank you Ewen’s Room for being there when the going gets tough and the road seems steep … “
“I initially came along to Open Doors to support a friend, but enjoyed the camaraderie so much I have stayed on to enjoy the weekly get-togethers and the laughs along the way…”
Many of the Ewen’s Room committee members, volunteers and regular attendees at the Open Doors sessions have direct experience in mental health and well being and are able to offer support, information or just a friendly ear.
“Usually we were in a big group but a couple of people could go somewhere quieter for a more private chat. We tried to cover everyone’s needs.”
“I also found that we could talk about most subjects. You could mention something that has been worrying you, and someone would say “oh, I had that” or “that happened to me as well” which would make you feel so much better and then get good advice as to what was the best thing to do…”
I thought it would be helpful today to talk about an aspect of mental health support, more specifically, peer support.
The Building Natural Capital Project
The Building Natural Capital Project is a collaboration between Ewen’s Room and the Buzz Project.
Light Up The Dark
A community-wide event to Light Up The Dark this winter from winter solstice to spring equinox