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Dementia Friendly Uists

Dementia Friendly Uists was awarded £150,000 in August 2017, to run until July 2020. 

The Cuimhne project, run by Tagsa Uibhist, is in place to provide support for those who have had a diagnosis or a presumed diagnosis of dementia, along with their carers and families, to assist in providing flexible and proactive advice and information.  Their vision is for a project that becomes responsive to individual’s needs, and with this in mind, they run a variety of events – “tea and reminiscence”, film screenings, gardening, sporting memories, a lunch club and “Share a story”.  Held across the islands, these events have proved very beneficial to individuals and their families, with a chance to reminisce, share memories, assist with cognitive stimulation and provide mutual support.

The Cuimhne project also helps with training and encouraging the wider Uist community to become dementia aware and dementia friendly.  They also provide short-term respite care of one to four hours to allow family members and carers to have a break, go shopping, or just to have some “me-time”.  

The project enables and supports individuals, their partners, families and carers, to be fully informed and plan their own pathway, encouraging those living with dementia to maintain or regain community connections.

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

Read more about the Cuimhne Project and Tagsa Uibhist