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Community and Dementia: Creating Better Lives in Shetland

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

In the lead-up, as we do with all of our Creating Better Lives conferences, we offered 'storytelling' sessions, in June and again in September, to find out what is most important to people in their communities and what their priorities are for creating better lives.  

We worked with Shetland partners to invite local people to take part in a way that would suit them - people with dementia, unpaid carers of people with dementia, and those working with them, both professionals and volunteers.  Understandably, in these challenging Covid-19 times, it became clear this was not quite the right moment for them to do so.

Similarly, delivering a full online conference was not suitable for communities in Shetland at this time.

However, there is still meaningful learning and activity for local partners to build on when the time is right.

To help with that, we plan to offer local professionals and volunteers another ‘train the trainer’ storytelling workshop.  They will then have the tools to work alongside people living with dementia, using these storytelling methods, so local people too can influence decisions. 

In the meantime, as part of our Regional Grants programme, in October 2021, we awarded a total of £34,057 to two projects in Shetland.  These were Fares4Free (£15,000) and Voluntary Action Shetland (£19,057).  

Read more about our Regional Grants programme here

We have also heard in more detail from Voluntary Action Shetland about their Befriending 60+ Dementia Service for people living with dementia and unpaid carers of people with dementia. 

In this short film, we hear from Lynn Tulloch, Executive Officer with Voluntary Action Shetland (VAS), as she introduces the project. Mairi Jamieson, Project Coordinator of VAS Befriending Scheme then talks with Pete Davis who is an unpaid carer and Bill McLeod who has early onset dementia. Both were matched with a befriender, and we also hear from Sheila Robertson, who is one of the project’s volunteer befrienders.

You can watch this film, below

The Life Changes Trust would like to thank Lynn Tulloch, Mairi Jamieson, Pete Davis, Bill McLeod and Sheila Robertson.