Creative care and support

Creativity can change lives for the better

Between October 2013 and March 2014 people in Pitlochry were invited to take part in a programme of events and activities with the aim of assisting the community to develop better support for people who use social services. The project involved Service Design Masters students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design who, together with GrowBiz, Perth & Kinross Council, PKAVS and IRISS, hosted a series of workshop sessions which were open to anyone living in Pitlochy, using services there, or who wanted to bring social services business to the area. 

The culmination of the project will be a seed fund of £10,000, made available by IRISS to help people who use services, carers and the wider community of Pitlochry with ideas for a new business start up, or existing small businesses develop new innovative ideas.

The latest posts from the ongoing Creative Care and Support blog are listed below, and further information about the project can be found on the IRISS website.

Last week Fiona and I met with the people who had received funding from the Creative Care and Support: Pitlochry fund to learn how they had spent their funding, how they were progressing in the set up of groups and organisations, and what their... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 4 days ago

The project partners were asked to reflect on the project by following the guiding questions below. We sought to get the most candid answers possible, so to protect the identity of each partner the quotes below are listed in no particular order,... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 1 month ago

The Creative Care and Support: Pitlochry project partners quickly became aware that many of the people living in Pitlochry are self-employed or interested in setting up as self-employed. This was difficult to combine with the requirement for PA... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 1 month ago

Hi Lisa

I think we have indeed been courageous in this project and that many good things have come of it, although I would happily be the first to admit that the outcomes bear little resemblance to what we set out to create. There are good... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 1 month ago

Hi Rikke,

I read somewhere recently that it was important to ‘be courageous but not foolhardy’ in life and I suppose when we were embarking on this project, I thought we were doing just that. We didn’t know exactly what would happen, but... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 1 month ago

IRISS made a seed fund £10,000 available for the ideas generated in the workshops during Creative care and support: Pitlochry to allow for the new initiatives to be tested. The project partners believed that a crucial element in supporting the... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 1 month ago

The town of Pitlochry sits within the picturesque highland area of Perthshire and is a popular tourist destination particularly with anglers and hillwalkers. Its population is around 2500 people, of whom many are of a pensionable age. 34% of the... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 1 month ago

The partners IRISS worked with to deliver the project were:

Service Design Masters students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Service design is a relatively new field, which seeks to engage users more actively in the... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 1 month ago

Name: Maureen Cowan of Welcome All Soup Lunch

Proposed idea: Activity and reminiscence resource

Start-up funding received: £700

Project start date: 3rd October 2014

Sustainability measures: It is estimated that the... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 1 month ago

Name: Leila Maine

Proposed idea: Herbalist services

Start-up funding received: £745

Project start date: October 2014

Sustainability measures: There will be a charge for all classes, to cover materials and secure the... read more

Posted by Rikke Iversholt — 2 years 1 month ago