Dementia Friendly Communities
The Trust has invested in a wide range of Dementia Friendly Communities (DFCs) across Scotland. There are examples of DFCs all across the world but we are not aware of any other country that is looking as closely as we are at how these communities can be grown and sustained, and the principles that must exist to make them effective. The DFCs produce six-monthly evaluation reports that allow us to produce regular learning reports, which are being read by many in Scotland and in other countries. Our latest report covers April 2016 - March 2017.
We are carefully monitoring outcomes for people living with dementia and carers. Our first twelve communities were Trust-funded for three years, until 2018, and we funded a similar cohort starting in 2017, for three years. There was an overlap and a number of mentoring relationships developed between the existing and new DFCs. During the reporting period of this progress report, 1,322 people living with dementia and 851 carers took part in these communities.
Two Trust-funded DFCs - an Lanntair and the Festival and King's Theatres - were nominated for the Scottish Dementia Awards, and one of them - Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust - was listed in the final four football clubs nominated for the European Club Association Best Community & Social Responsibility Programme Award.
We have also awarded numerous projects dementia friendly communities development funding - read more here.
On World Alzheimer's Day, 21 September 2016, we held a ‘Community and Dementia’ Conference at the Perth Concert Hall. It was attended by 300 people, including around 60 people with dementia and a large number of carers. A number of people with dementia who could not attend took part in a video that was shown at the start of the conference.
Watch the film here.
This conference showed the excellent work of our DFCs, but also reiterated the point that DFCs are not to be ‘dementia ghettos’ – they are about social inclusion because dementia is ‘everyone's business’.
We held our second National Conference on 1st May 2018.
A truly holistic local dementia strategy will look at dementia not just as a health and social care issue, but will look more broadly at dementia in the contexts of housing, transport and community development.