Limited charitable funding may be available for some therapies.
With a GP referral, Arran residents with certain conditions, and their carers, can receive up to six free sessions of approved therapy with appointed therapists, paid for by the Mary Davies Trust. Once you have a medical referral, please contact the Trust Coordinator, Jan Attkins, on (01770) 302 546 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, who will discuss your needs and appoint a therapist. Those suffering with chronic conditions may be offered further treatment with a 50% subsidy.
Cancer patients and their carers may be eligible for free therapy courtesy of ArCaS. Again, in the first instance, please contact the wellbeing coordinator, Jan Attkins, as above.
In 2017 a loose cooperative of holistic practitioners came together, seeking a centre to further their work. They found Heather Lodge. The group’s members live on Arran and work mainly with regular clients, some with chronic medical conditions, often with the support of local charities — ArCaS and the Mary Davies Trust.
Heather Lodge, set in the grounds of the historic Douglas Hotel, was originally a stable, but has been in use as a private dwelling for many years. There is an attractive and secluded garden. The premises provide several therapy rooms and a healing ambience. Plans are afoot to develop facilities for small groups, including yoga, mindfulness and Qi Gong.