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Dementia Friendly Dumfries and Galloway


Dementia Friendly Dumfries and Galloway was awarded £420,000 for the period of April 2015 to March 2018.

With many rural and isolated communities, Dementia Friendly Dumfries and Galloway was funded to support, empower and involve people affected by dementia across Dumfries and Galloway so that, regardless of where they lived, including care homes, they felt valued and understood and part of a supportive and enabling community. DFC Dumfries and Galloway wanted to involve local people, organisations and businesses in the towns and villages across the region in creating cultural change and breaking down the barriers faced by people with dementia. 

They delivered awareness raising sessions in shops, businesses, schools and public service organisations, such as Fire Scotland. They also worked with social housing landlords across Dumfries and Galloway and ran many activity groups based on what people affected by dementia said were important to them. 

The impact on people affected by dementia was clear. They felt part of – and contributed to - their own communities, and were supported to do things that were meaningful to them, and many organisations and businesses became dementia friendly and dementia aware.

The initiative was a result of a partnership involving NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Alzheimer Scotland and User and Carer Involvement.

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

Read more about the Dumfries Dementia Resource Centre