Resilient Communities

A variety of group work activities for individuals to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The programme is supported by trained volunteers and includes the following activities and courses:

Food & Nutrition

Practical Cooking Courses - Learning how to prepare and cook tasty, healthy meals on a budget for families and individuals.

Community Health Cafes - Running weekly in different areas in rural South Lanarkshire. Open to all, including parents with babies and young children, young people, adults and the elderly. Our cafes run in the following areas: Carstairs Junction, Kirkmuirhill, Lanark, Rigside, Douglas. For more details click here or see 'What's On'

Rural Cafe - A confidential weekly cafe (referral only) supporting individuals/families who are struggling finanically by providing a healthy hot meal at the cafe plus one to take home with them. Participants are also supported/signposted to other support services to help improve their circumstances. Download a referral form

REHIS Courses - Healthy Valleys is an approved REHIS (Royal Environmental Health Institute Scotland) Centre and we offer the following nationally recognised courses: Elementary Food Hygiene, Elementary Food and Health, Elementary Cooking Skills, Eating Well for Older People.


Physical Activity

A variety of physical activities that provide easily accessible, affordable, local exercise opportunities. The aim of the programme is to get more people active which will increase activity levels and improve/sustain good health which leads to increased self-esteem, confidence and an overall sense of wellbeing

Health Walks - A gentle walk, open to all including individuals who have not been active for a while and would like to start again, people recovering from ill-health or managing a long-term condition. Walks run weekly in different areas of rural South Lanakrshire: Lesmahagow, Lanark, Rigside, Biggar, Carstairs Junction, Coalburn. For more details click here or see 'What's On'

Game On - Indoor bowling that runs weekly in Blackwood. See 'What's On' for more details.


Active Play

Children get the chance to increase their physical activity levels, be a part of something in their community, develop their fundamental movement skills and increase their confidence, self esteem while gaining essential life skills through structured play, sports, team building and free play.

Community Active Play Clubs - These take place in various communities after school or at weekends for primary school aged children.

Holiday Play Clubs - Free sessions in areas of Clydesdale for children to attend during school holidays. They include some physical activity, arts, crafts and other fun activities.

Early Years Play Sessions - Age appropriate session for children aged 2-5 years and their parent/carer to attend together to increase fundamental movement skills and physical activity levels.

Child Health and Wellbeing Course - For children and young people who need a little extra support. The 8-week course focuses on active play, healthy eating and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle as a means to develop skills, confidence and social interaction with peers.


How do I get involved?

For more information contact Amanda Taylor - Team Leader or Phone 01555 662496

Funded by Bank of Scotland Foundation, South Lanarkshire Integrated Care Fund, Paths for All, BBC Children in Need, Cattanach.