Kirrie Connections initial funding award was for £269,000, to run from April 2015 to March 2018, and they were awarded a further £56,000 from May 2018 to April 2020. In April 2017, the William Grant Foundation provided additional funding of £11,292.
Kirrie Connections is a dementia friendly community hub that serves as the base for the Dementia Friendly Kirriemuir Project. They offer information, advice and activities to people living with dementia, their carers and families. The hub is a place where people can form new friendships and remain an active part of their community. They work with a variety of other partners, including Alzheimer Scotland and the Angus Carer's Centre. This is a small rural, intergenerational dementia friendly initiative which aims to raise awareness, change attitudes and promote inclusion throughout the community.
The work of Kirrie Connections can be seen across the community - improved signage around the town centre, development of facilities, resources and activities such as a dementia friendly garden and a community hub, intergenerational activities, and awareness raising sessions for schools, businesses and community groups.
The impact of Kirrie Connections on those in the community affected by dementia has been significant. Individuals and families actively participate in shaping the community, they are able to exercise more choice and control over their lives, and are supported to do things that are meaningful to them, valued as individuals and involved as members of the community they live in.
Read our Dementia Friendly Communities Reports and Toolkit by searching for them on our publications page.