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Age Scotland Orkney

Local Legacy Awards are funding local legacy partners to focus on two or more of three well-evaluated means of supporting people living with dementia and unpaid carers.

These are:

  • Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Peer Support
  • Meeting Centres

Local legacy partners will develop these three approaches, working with national legacy partners BOLD and About Dementia to share and embed learning across Scotland. This will include a true commitment to early evaluation, wide sharing of learning, learning from others, and seeking further ways to sustain this work beyond the funding of the Life Changes Trust. 

Age Scotland Orkney was awarded £125,000 for a two-year legacy project running from April 2022 to March 2024. This project has received 20% match funding from the Age Scotland reserves and Dementia Friendly Orkney.

With this funding, Age Scotland Orkney will continue to deliver open ended relationship-centred care and support, from pre-diagnosis to end of life and beyond grief from their Community Hub in the centre of Kirkwall. This will include activities, therapies, information and advice, drop-in sessions, awareness training and support - including post-diagnostic support. People with more advanced symptoms of dementia and their carers will have increased opportunities for social and community activity and direct access to nursing and Allied Health Professionals in the Community Hub.  

A pilot project will also provide access for people on at least two of Orkney’s outer islands to a Co-ordinator and Satellite Community Hub to enable them to access care and support at the right time in their own community. 

Regarding peer support, younger people with dementia will feel supported within their self-designed peer group. This younger group will have their voice heard and influence direction locally, through full membership of the Local Dementia Strategy Group and nationally, through BOLD and About Dementia.  

Age Scotland Orkney will also trial five different dementia carer peer-support groups, designed and shaped by carers, and based on the diversity of their needs.

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