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Ian Murray

Chief Executive

NWSRA AGM and Public Meeting

23 March 2013


Background to HLH

  • Brief snap shot of wellbeing activity
  • Local issues
  • Discussion

Established by The Highland Council in October 2011, High Life Highland is a company, registered in Scotland as a charity, developing and promoting opportunities in culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing.


9 Areas of Work

  • Adult Learning
  • Archives
  • Arts
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Outdoor Education
  • Sport
  • Youth Work

Key Statistics

  • £20m (turnover)
  • 1200 staff
  • 1000+ volunteers
  • 3.2 million uses of services annually
  • 18 leisure facilities, (13 with pools)
  • 61 Community and School Libraries
  • 2 regional museums, 4 archive centres

High Life leisure access scheme

  • 23 participating centres, HLH, independent, private
  • Family £25, Individual £17.50, Budget 50p
  • Since 2002 – 70% increase in participation
  • More families as a unit, reaching the “squeezed middle”


Youth Work

  • A range of youth employability projects
  • Self esteem, confidence, CV
  • Mentoring, Support, direction
  • Successful pilots – seeking funding to expand


  • Range of Courses – examples
  • British Sign Language
  • First Aid for Volunteers
  • Moth Monitoring
  • SQA Geology
  • Lambing and Sheep Parasites
  • Goat Keeping
  • Website Design
  • Cooking for Beginners
  • Arts Using Textiles
  • Bush Craft for Beginners
  • Bee Keeping
  • 3,000 individual participants and 37
  • partner organisations

Fort William LibraryMacmillan Cancer Information Service

  • Macmillan nurses, library staff and volunteers work with patients and their families
  • Specialist events on cancer issues i.e. wig care and clinical trials
  • The Samaritans, Connecting Carers, Adult Literacies and Lochaber Hope, The Highland Hospice for outreach
  • CAB work with Macmillan and library staff to provide a financial help services to
  • Fundraisers

Commit to Change

  • Develop a healthy habit.
  • Almost 1000 people.
  • Health MOTs, many

led by NHS Public

Health Staff.

  • National physical

activity guidelines.

  • Collect points for


  • Turn points into prizes.


Active School Co-ordinators

  • Girls activity levels in the Active Schools Programme are lower than national average for the upper primary and secondary age group.
  • Projects to engage young women in sport and physical activity are a clear target for 2013/2014.
  • “Cool” alternatives to team sport
  • Dance and gymnastics

are headline areas of work.


Alzheimers Scotland at IMAG

  • Exhibition exploring experiences of people with Alzheimers.
  • Guided museum and art exhibition tours with groups of service users.
  • Opportunities for people, families and carers to be
  • part of ‘Luminate’ –
  • Creative Aging
  • Festival.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Pilot

  • AHPs working in Leisure Centres
  • Leading to self – management
  • Aim – seamless transition

You Time

  • A new service for older adults (65+ years)
  • Range of activities including: falls prevention exercise classes (Otago and Postural Stability), led walks, author talks, family history, zumba and more.
  • Positive health and social outcomes
  • Adults aged 65 and over are the most sedentary age group and spend on average10 hours or more each day, sitting or lying down.
  • Many benefits have been proven, for older adults being more active, including:
  • Helping to maintain cognitive function;
  • Reducing cardiovascular risk;
  • Helping to maintain ability to carry out daily
  • living activities;
  • Improving mood and self-esteem;
  • Reducing the risk of falls.

Early Years Current Position

  • Over 1100 bookbug and story time sessions delivered per year in libraries;
  • Almost 400 nursery visits to libraries per year;
  • 113 Leisure Facility activities per week, with over 1400 attendances per week for activities ranging from kindergym and crèche to ducklings swim lessons;
  • Early Moves educational resource developed for nurseries: using movement and dance to deliver literacy and numeracy in CfE;
  • Interactive family learning opportunities at IMAG and Highland Folk Museum.

Working in Partnership

  • Ullaspool
  • Poolewe Swimming Pool
  • Puffin and Lochaber Hydrotherapy Pools
  • Inverness Community Centres
  • Adult Courses & Classes
  • Services to Schools
  • NWSRA?

The Wellness Hub Concept

  • Provide and support:
  • Preventative interventions including those that improve and maintain physical health, reduce social isolation and promote mental well-being
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency outreach services
  • Self-care education
  • Delivery of health clinics and services that are embedded within communities
  • Opportunities for carers in collaboration with the Third Sector
  • Opportunities for families and individuals to feel confident in making positive, sustainable lifestyle choices
  • Fun physical and healthy activities, social interaction, play and learning opportunities
  • Provide information and links to other local opportunities

Ian Murray

Chief Executive

High Life Highland

12-13 Ardross Street



Tel: 01463 663824

nwsra discussion and questions
NWSRA Discussion and Questions

Discussion and questions to help us focus on the right things in the next stage of development:

Do you support what is being proposed?

Can we improve it?

What do we need to keep in mind?


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Remember only members can vote.

Resolution 1

Can we accept the audited accounts?


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Resolution 2

Proposal to accept the revised constitution to meet Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation requirements

Resolution 3

The Board to comprise up to 15 members of which no more than 4 are co-opted


nwsra agm the current board of trustees is as follows
NWSRA – AGMThe Current Board of Trustees is as follows:

Elected members

Anne Anderson - R

Ronnie Anderson

Ian Blackford

Calum Campbell

Janet Clarke

John Hermse - LOA

Alasdair MacLean - R

Iain MacLellan - R

Kevyn Smith

Co-opted members

Mike Clark - LOA

Maressa Munro

Sorley Henderson

2013 Sorley will retire from the Board but will continue to provide legal advice to the Board of Trustees

The board has elected John Hermes and Mike Clark as honorary members of NWSRA and will co-opt them as trustees for a further year

R - Indicates members standing for re-election

LOA - Indicates lives out of the area


nwsra agm the proposed board of trustees for 2013 is as follows
NWSRA – AGMThe proposed Board of Trustees for 2013 is as follows:

Existing Elected Members

Ronnie Anderson

Ian Blackford

Calum Campbell

Janet Clarke

Kevyn Smith

Co-opted members

John Hermse

Mike Clark

Resolution 4

Members standing for election to the Board of Trustees be elected


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Resolution 5

Members support the Board of Trustees in seeking to secure funding and develop detailed plans for the proposed Sports and Wellness Hub.


nwsra special thanks
NWSRA – Special Thanks

MacLeod Estate

Roag Township

Dunvegan Community Trust

High Life Highland

Dunvegan Football Club

Murdo MacLeod and Ronnie McKinnon for patronage

Scottish Agricultural College

Marc Kilkenny Architects

All the people and organisations who pledged support over the past year

The young people who took part in the logo competition

All of you who have given time, help and support to this project


annual general meeting thank you www nwsra org uk

Thank You