Communities in the South West Pentlands are to benefit from a funding boost of £30,000 from the Life Changes Trust to develop and strengthen their dementia friendly activities.
Dementia Friendly Pentlands already has a planning group, which has been running across the communities of Juniper Green, Currie and Balerno for several years. The aim of the group is to build communities that are safe, inclusive and resilient enough to support people living with dementia and their carers, families and friends.
The group has established a dementia friendly café (PALM) and work hard to raise awareness of dementia through public engagement events and local training sessions.
This new funding will allow Dementia Friendly Pentlands to extend their services and develop a wider variety of support for people in the communities.
Clare Dow, Vice-chair of PALM cafe and Dementia Friendly Pentlands said: “Dementia Friendly Pentlands is delighted to receive this funding to support us in establishing our communities as dementia friendly. We are committed to supporting people living with dementia and those close to them, and helping them to continue to engage with and contribute to their communities in a meaningful way. This funding will help us work towards understanding the needs of people living with dementia – we want to find community led solutions which meet those needs and ensure that the community is equipped with the necessary understanding and skills to provide people with the most appropriate help and support.”