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NEWS: Dementia friendly funding ‘fit’ for purpose

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Edinburgh Leisure has been awarded a grant of £189,000 to become dementia friendly.  The money will be used to develop health and well-being activities for people affected by dementia across the city. 

Edinburgh Leisure will develop a range of physical activities for people living with early onset and mild to moderate dementia and their carers, so that they can become - and remain - physically active. 

Edinburgh Leisure’s specialist team will work with dementia communities to offer a free outreach service, providing tailored physical activity programmes for people living with dementia.  These will be held in either Edinburgh Leisure’s own venues, in partner venues or in community settings.

The project, called Movement for Memories, will support people living with dementia and their carers to access physical activities such as swimming, gym sessions, golf and tennis, as well as attend sessions which are specifically designed to be dementia friendly.  These will include group walks, dancing, gardening and walking football.

Claire Craig, Edinburgh Leisure’s Health and Physical Activity Manager said: “At Edinburgh Leisure we see the positive impact physical activity has on people’s lives and as such we are delighted to be working with Life Changes Trust to develop the Movement for Memories project.  This project will use the power of physical activity and sport to enable people living with dementia, and their carers, to live more active lives to help manage their health and well-being.”

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