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NEWS: Funding boost for development of Dunblane dementia initiative

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Families living with dementia in Dunblane will benefit from a programme of local community activities thanks to a funding award of £20,000. The grant has been awarded to the Dunblane Development Trust from the Life Changes Trust.

The money will be used by the Dunblane Development Trust, working with a range of other organisations and businesses as part of Dementia Friendly Dunblane, to develop the services and activities that have already been established by the Dementia Friendly Dunblane initiative, and develop new ones based on what people with dementia say would be most meaningful to them.

This will include the continued expansion of dementia friendly activities such as inter-generational engagement with local schools, music memory activities with charity Playlist for Life, encouraging local businesses to become dementia friendly and developing Dunblane as a dementia friendly community.

The project will also support and develop the Braeport Memory Cafe, working hand in hand with local volunteers and local businesses to reach even more families affected by dementia. The café will be developed in consultation with people with dementia and their carers, so that the programme of events reflects their wishes and interests, including special and seasonal events.

Dunblane Development Trust will also work with residents of the local residential home to provide opportunities for residents with dementia to join in community activities, such as meeting friends at the memory cafe, attending lunch club at the Dunblane Centre, taking part in outdoor activities or attending church.

Another phase of the project will focus on creating dementia friendly sports facilities such as tennis, golf and bowling clubs, and community groups such as Church Guilds and the Dunblane Centre Senior Citizens Club.

Barbara Allan, Chairperson of Dunblane Development Trust said, “We are very excited to receive this grant which will allow us to continue our work with the range of local organisations who have already committed to being part of Dementia Friendly Dunblane. This will allow us to reach more people living with dementia and their families and make a real difference to their lives.”

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