NEWS: Glasgow making things better for people with dementia

01 August 2018

Families living with dementia in the north of Glasgow will benefit from a brand new programme of local community activities thanks to a funding award of £31,000.  The grant has been awarded to Glasgow Life from the Life Changes Trust.

Glasgow Life will use the money to pilot 13 dementia friendly community hubs across the north east of Glasgow.  The aim of the project is to develop relationships with families who are affected by dementia, but who are not currently engaged in local provision. Within each of the hubs, this direct interaction with people living with dementia and their carers will allow Glasgow Life to create a programme of activity that specifically meets their needs and interests.

The project will build on activities that are already established, such as Football Memories and Memory Boxes, and introduce a variety of others, based on what people affected by dementia tell them they want to do.

Activities will include:

  • Tea dances and sing-a-longs, with sessions based on participant’s favourite songs and linking to the famous Barrowland dances in the past
  • Activity sessions ranging from arts and crafts to sewing and gardening
  • Digital sessions to encourage better understanding of technology and social media
  • Local heritage projects, encouraging participants to take part in walks and learn about heritage in their area
  • Playlist for Life
  • Book groups
  • Inter-generational programmes

Activities will be delivered directly into local areas either in libraries or community centres.  This means that carers will also have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a book, access I.T. suites or attend support groups which offer respite and an opportunity to mix with their peers.

In addition, carers will also be offered the opportunity take part in other activities such as adult learning classes or health and fitness sessions.

Cllr David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow’s libraries and community facilities are here for everyone in the city to enjoy – they belong to the people of Glasgow. But sometimes people need a little reassurance, and support, to access services and feel that the activities and events on offer are for them.

“By developing a programme of activities alongside people with dementia, I hope that our Dementia Friendly Community Hubs will give people with dementia a voice; helping them to feel valued as part of their own community while also strengthening support networks for their families and carers.”

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