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£6000 for High Life Highland library sensory project


By Gregor White

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The project aims to engage with and improve the health and wellbeing of hard-to-reach groups including those with autism, dementia, physical impairment, and those who are socially isolated.
The project aims to engage with and improve the health and wellbeing of hard-to-reach groups including those with autism, dementia, physical impairment, and those who are socially isolated.

High Life Highland Libraries have been granted £6000 from the national Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) to develop its Making Sense for Communities’ project.

It aims to engage with and improve the health and wellbeing of hard-to-reach groups including those with autism, dementia, physical impairment, and those who are socially isolated.

The project will also help tackle the cost-of-living crisis, offering free sensory experiences across the Highlands using a sensory projector, toys and books designed to improve participants’ mental health and physical dexterity.

The portable nature of the equipment will allow staff to deliver activities across the Highland.

HLH head of libraries Julie Corcoran said: “High Life Highland was delighted to learn that we had been successful in securing funding for this innovative project.”

Throughout the length of the project, High Life Highland will be engaging closely with schools, care homes and partners such as Alzheimer’s Scotland, as well as the wider community.

By participating in High Life Highland’s Leadership Programme, young people aged between 12-25 will also be able to contribute to the project by volunteering at library sensory events and learning life skills that can support them with future employment opportunities.


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