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NEWS: Funding boost for dementia friendly community in Kintyre

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Families living with dementia in Kintyre will benefit from a programme of local community activities thanks to a funding award of £35,000 to Shopper-Aide.

Shopper-Aide supports older people in Kintyre in their own homes and beyond, promoting their independence and wellbeing. They provide social activities for older people, help with housekeeping, support to carers and transport for appointments and social activities.

Shopper-Aide will use the grant to test out new initiatives so that their services are dementia friendly and inclusive. They will engage with local agencies across Kintyre, as well as people affected by dementia and their families, to set up an information hub and produce a published resource containing relevant contacts, dementia friendly activities and business information.

The project will build on activities that are already established and will work alongside people with dementia and their families to develop new social activities, including making memory books, outings to familiar places, and music and movement sessions.

Shopper-Aide also aims to increase awareness of dementia in the local area, working with the local grammar school, fire service and local businesses among others, to broaden knowledge within the community.

The funding award is one of six new Dementia Friendly Communities development awards made by the Life Changes Trust, with a funding total of £194,000.

The funding will help improve the physical and mental well-being of people living with dementia – and their families - by supporting projects that increase their participation in stimulating and social activities. The six organisations to receive funding are:

  • Shopper-Aide, Kintyre
  • Glasgow’s Golden Generation, Glasgow
  • Badenoch Shinty Memories Group, Highland
  • Dementia Friendly Newmains Community Trust, North Lanarkshire
  • Partnerships for Wellbeing, Highland
  • St Andrew’s Church of Scotland Carluke, South Lanarkshire

Arlene Crockett, Director of Evidence and Influencing for the Life Changes Trust dementia programme said, “With these six new awards, we have now funded almost 40 diverse dementia friendly communities throughout Scotland, and are developing a deeper understanding of how to meet the needs of people with dementia and their families. A diagnosis of dementia can lead to social exclusion and isolation, but dementia friendly communities can help prevent this by keeping people included and supported. It is wonderful to see Shopper-Aide becoming dementia friendly and inclusive, and this work will make a huge difference to people’s lives and will raise awareness about dementia in Kintyre.”

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