Letter: Creating dementia-friendly communities in Kintyre

Sarah McFadzean.

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Shopper-Aide Ltd has recently been awarded funding to begin developing dementia-friendly communities in Kintyre.

We are organising some information events to let people know what we are planning in their area for older people in general and to gather the thoughts of the local communities.

They will take place on the following dates: Tuesday August 20, Tarbert Templers Hall, 2-4pm; Monday August 26, Clachan Village Hall, 11am to 1pm; Tuesday September 3, Tayinloan Village Hall, 10am to noon; Friday September 6, Carradale Village Hall, noon to 2pm.

Dementia touches so many in Kintyre and we are keen to talk to as many people as possible about real lived experiences locally. If you cannot attend the events please contact me, Sarah, Shopper-Aide’s dementia project development coordinator.

We would be very grateful to anyone who is willing to share their knowledge of living in Kintyre with dementia.

Furthermore Shopper-Aide Ltd will be promoting the Dementia Friends programme which is run by Alzheimer Scotland. Any group, business or individual who is interested in participating in becoming ‘dementia aware’, please email sarah@shopper-aide.org.uk or call 01586 551600 for more information.

Shopper-Aide will be launching its new logo and window sticker to indicate that there are individuals in the premises who have undergone the ‘Dementia Friends’ awareness programme and these individuals can be recognised by the forget-me-not badge they wear.

Our activities and groups are aimed at anyone over 65 and are open to all.

This work is supported with funding from the Life Changes Trust, which is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Sarah McFadzean,