Age Scotland – Being Dementia Aware
Age Scotland was awarded £515,080 in April 2015 to run until March 2018.
The aim of the Being Dementia Aware project was to provide dementia-awareness training to Age Scotland staff at all levels, and to volunteers, in order to make their services and workforce dementia friendly. Age Scotland then extended this dementia training programme to member groups and others.
Older age is still the greatest risk factor for dementia, therefore any charity that works with older people needs to conduct work about dementia. In order to get help earlier, people have to be aware of the signs and symptoms of dementia and know how to get a diagnosis. With this funding, Age Scotland was able to raise the issue of dementia across their campaigns and highlight the need to challenge barriers to support, through training, awareness raising and providing information and advice.
As a result of this award, Age Scotland have become dementia-friendly as an organisation, providing all staff with dementia training and making their publications and Silverline helpline more accessible to people with dementia. They have raised public early awareness of dementia symptoms, as well as awareness of reducing risk of certain types of dementia. Their training proved so popular that a course was tailored for the private sector, on a ‘train the trainer’ basis. Age Scotland’s expertise also helped with policy development, for example through their work with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).