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The Cianalas Project at An Lanntair


The Cianalas Project's initial funding award was for £180,000, to run from April 2015 to 31 March 2018, and they were awarded a further £51,000 for the period of April 2018 to March 2020.  In April 2017, the William Grant Foundation provided additional funding of £10,000.

An Lanntair wished to create a bilingual dementia friendly community across the Outer Hebrides that reflected the needs of the places and its people. They also wanted to explore the role that bilingualism plays in the delayed onset of dementia and the benefits of an oral tradition. 

Cianalas is a community which shares the inspirational An Lanntair arts programme and new events with people living with dementia and their carers.  Their themes are fishing, photography walks/adventures, Barvas Ware, ceilidh culture and Gaelic/English podcasts.  They create resources for the community to share, such as podcasts, films, memory boxes and crafting kits. Rooted in research, Cainalas aims to continue to collaborate as a community including academic, health, third sector and local authority partners. The project engages with people living with dementia and those in their circle of care, as well as reaching out to the wider Western Isles community.

As a result of this project, the community has become inclusive of people living with dementia, family and friends. The project is run in collaboration with people affected by dementia, providing meaningful engagement and directly addressing issues faced by local families living with dementia, to uphold their rights to be included, involved and to make valuable contributions to the community together.

Read our Dementia Friendly Communities Reports and Toolkit by searching for them on our publications page.

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