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Community and Dementia: Creating Better Lives in Dumfries and Galloway

As part of the series of regional online events, in April 2021 the Trust began working with organisations in Dumfries & Galloway to plan for our event ‘Community & Dementia: Creating Better Lives in Dumfries and Galloway’. 

This webinar differs slightly from our previous Creating Better Lives ones, in that it was not a live event, rather it is a recorded package, featuring local priorities and local organisations. 

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To deliver this recorded webinar, the Trust worked in partnership with individuals and organisations from across Dumfries and Galloway to reflect on what was happening locally to support people living with dementia and their families, and where services and support needed to be improved. By doing this, the Trust learned from them about what the local priorities are for these areas specifically. 

In the lead up to all of our Creating Better Lives conferences, we hold 'storytelling' sessions to find out what is most important to people in their communities, and what their priorities are for creating better lives. For Dumfries and Galloway, we heard from unpaid carers of people living with dementia, and professionals and volunteers who support them. As always, we also invited people with dementia to participate in the sessions, in a way that would suit them, but, understandably, it became clear that this was perhaps not quite the right time for them to do so.

The learning from our storytelling sessions are written into a report and distilled into common themes. These themes shape some of the discussion at the final conferences.

You can download the Dumfries and Galloway Storytelling Report here

The recorded event, chaired by Arlene Crockett, Director of Evidence and Influencing at the Life Changes Trust, starts with storytellerDan Serridgetelling us about the sessions that took place in Dumfries and Galloway, and the local priorities derived from what people said was important to them.

We also hear from some three local projects from across the D&G area, looking at the vital work they have been doing during the pandemic. 

  • Claire Martin, who is a Specialist Occupational Therapist with NHS Dumfries and Galloway, talked about how they provided meaningful occupations and memory strategies support for people with dementia when the pandemic hit, and face-to-face meetings no longer became possible.  
  • Alzheimer Scotland, and some of their team - including Clare Stroyan, Mandy Cowan, Shona Sneddon, Rachel Byers and Jill Rennie - talked about their digital journey through the pandemic, and we also heard from some of the people they have been supporting.
  • Michelle Born, who is an IDEAS Specialist Occupational Therapist, shared some of her work creating a community of practice for COVID-friendly activities in care homes, and talked about the importance of meaningful occupation and dementia, as well as her local care home activity coordinators forum. IDEAS stands for Interventions for Dementia: Education, Assessment and Support.

You can watch a recording of our full webinar, or you can just watch some of the presentations, below, whatever works for you.

You can watch the complete recorded webinar, below

You can watch Dan Serridge talk about the local priorities, below

You can watch Claire Martin, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, below

You can watch Alzheimer Scotland's presentation, below

You can watch Michelle Born, below

The Life Changes Trust would like to thank Dan Serridge, Michelle Born, Claire Martin and Danny, Clare Stroyan, Mandy Cowan, Shona Sneddon, Rachel Byers and Jill Rennie, David and Jessie.