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Arts-Based Dementia Friendly Community
Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers in Scotland

Dementia Friendly Bank
Dementia Friendly Communities, East Sutherland
Dementia Friendly East Lothian
Dementia Friendly Edinburgh
Dementia Friends
Dementia is Everyone's Business - North Lanarkshire Partnership
Dementia Services Development Centre, Stirling
Dundee Central Library Dementia Information Service
Football Memories

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Arts-Based Dementia Friendly Community

Run by An Lanntair, the Arts-Based Dementia Friendly Community operates in Scotland’s Western Isles. This three-year project brings together people with dementia, carers and the rest of the community to engage through various art forms, including visual art, poetry, music and storytelling. Operating in both Gaelic and English to build upon the oral tradition of the area and the role that bilingualism can play in the delayed onset of dementia. The project, which is the result of the joining of two pilot projects, includes free art sessions for people with dementia and organises public exhibitions of the work produced.

Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers in Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland is developing a toolkit for creating dementia friendly communities and have already made a leaflet for shops and businesses and an environmental audit tool available on their website. A dementia friendly community logo supports this work. They are also promoting the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers in Scotland. Released in 2009 by the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Alzheimer’s, the Charter was based on consultation with more than 500 individuals, including people with dementia and carers. The Charter applies human rights law to people with dementia and their carers. Among the key principles highlighted in the document are ‘full and effective participation and inclusion in society’ and ‘equality of opportunity’.

Dementia Friendly Bank

In November 2013, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) became the first Dementia Friendly Bank in Scotland. In partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, awareness-raising programmes and information were provided to staff, with RBS committing to staff training and ongoing improvements to their working practices, to make their services more user-friendly for people with dementia. Branches of RBS began displaying dementia friendly window stickers once the staff had been trained.

Dementia Friendly Communities, East Sutherland

Launched in September 2012, Dementia Friendly Communities CIC supports people with dementia and their carers in East Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. Recognising the lack of services and support in the local area Ann Pascoe, who cares for her husband Andrew, set up the company to encourage greater integration of and support for people with dementia. To date, projects have included: an awareness programme for local groups and businesses; piloting the use of GPS tracking devices for people with dementia who still wish to remain active within the community; collaboration with local businesses, schools and musicians on community events; and the running of the Helmsdale Health and Wellbeing Hub which brings together members of the community three days a week. The remote and rural setting of the work and the lack of local services has encouraged exchanges of ideas and collaboration with other dementia friendly communities in India, Ueda City in Japan and elsewhere in Scotland.

Dementia Friendly East Lothian

Dementia Friendly East Lothian runs a series of activities to support people with dementia and carers in the communities of Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Port Seton & Cockenzie and Tranent. Dementia Friendly East Lothian is run by local community councils, churches, day centres, schools, libraries, care homes and youth organisations. Projects are based on discussions with local people with dementia and what they want from life, with a strong emphasis on intergenerational activities. Other projects include Men in Sheds, a Good Memories Café, visits to local attractions for day centre users, community events and a day centre choir.

Dementia Friendly Edinburgh

In Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, a dementia friendly collaboration between City of Edinburgh Council, Alzheimer Scotland and NHS Lothian began in 2013. The project includes an awareness campaign to tackle stigma and improve local knowledge, services to support people with dementia, awareness training for retailers and health and social care staff as well as those working at arts and leisure venues. More localised dementia friendly community projects are also appearing within Edinburgh. Another Edinburgh-based initiative, launched in September 2015, is the Forget Me Not project, which aims to improve the experience of people with dementia at the Festival and King’s Theatres. While still in its early stages, research is being undertaken to discover how the theatres can be more dementia friendly, what the current challenges are for people with dementia at the theatre, and what can be done to encourage more people with dementia to regularly attend theatre performances. The research is being undertaken by Alzheimer Scotland, Stirling University and the University of the West of Scotland. In October 2015, as part of the Scotland’s Luminate creative ageing festival, a series of events were held as part of the project including a tea dance and intergenerational theatre performance.

Dementia Friends

Following the success of the Dementia Friends in England, the programme was launched in Scotland in 2014 with the support of Alzheimer Scotland. The Dementia Friends programme is delivered by Alzheimer Scotland's Dementia Advisors across the country as well as being available online. When signing up to become a Dementia Friend online, visitors watch a short film about dementia and can then choose from a series of films, including Getting Around for those who work on public transportation, Paying For Things for retail employees, or view a first-hand account of what it is like to live with dementia. Within the programmes first 15 months, 13,000 individuals had become a Dementia Friend.

Dementia is Everyone's Business - North Lanarkshire Partnership

Alzheimer Scotland oversees Dementia is Everyone’s Business – North Lanarkshire Partnership in the town of Motherwell. This initiative’s main focus is engagement with local businesses and community groups to raise awareness of dementia and equip them to better support people with dementia. Launched in September 2012 with 20 shops, businesses and organisations already on board, the project had distributed more than 800 hints and tips cards by 2014 as well as training 60 local firefighters and 20 police officers. The Motherwell branch of Boots, a UK-wide pharmacy chain, had also committed to issuing Alzheimer Scotland helpline cards in prescription bags where appropriate. The Mosque and Muslim Community Project is a more recent addition to the initiative and aims to raise awareness of dementia and improve communication between Muslim communities and service providers.

Dementia Services Development Centre, Stirling

The University of Stirling’s renowned Dementia Services Development Centre carried out field research in the city of Stirling to develop a framework for making Stirling dementia friendly. To date, commitments for making improvements to support people with dementia and their carers in the city have been made by the Forth Valley Police, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, Alzheimer Scotland and NHS Forth Valley. Two projects are already underway: Stirling – The Real Dementia-Friendly City, a three-year programme of long-term change, and The Year of Dementia, which has taken place in 2015, endeavouring to secure real improvements.

Dundee Central Library Dementia Information Service

In May 2015, Dundee Central Library became the first in the country to launch a Dementia Information Service. With this programme, Scotland’s largest and busiest library offers easy access to information about dementia as well as regular reminiscence and reading activities.

Football Memories

Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories programme focuses on engaging football fans living with dementia through their close connection to football. As part of the project, the Scottish Football Museum recruits and trains volunteers to bring reminiscence sessions to men with dementia in care homes and adult day service settings.