Dementia Orkney was awarded £224,388 in August 2017, to run until July 2020.
Run by Age Scotland Orkney, this project aims to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, their carers and families through a range of services and social activities which promote health and wellbeing, resilience, access to support and inclusion. This includes a Dementia Hub which is a one-stop shop where people living with dementia can go for information and advice.
The Hub provides information about national and local dementia services, local groups and activities that can help people in Orkney live well with dementia. They also offer drop-in sessions, when anyone affected by dementia, families and carers can come for a cuppa and a chat, or take part in some therapeutic activities. They also run carer support sessions every month. The project also looks to address the low diagnosis rate for dementia in Orkney and address the stigma attached to a diagnosis.
The impact of this project has been significant. People living with dementia and those who care for them are more actively engaged with the Hub, and with activities that mean something to them. They more actively seek help, advice and support. They are listened to, involved and respected, with more and more people coming along and helping to develop a dementia friendly Orkney.
Dementia Orkney has been developed by Age Scotland Orkney, NHS Orkney and Dementia Friendly Orkney.
Read our Dementia Friendly Communities Reports and Toolkit by searching for them on our publications page.