Progress is being made in Kirriemuir for a unique dementia-friendly initiative which will involve the whole community.
Thanks to £269,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust, the town is developing a dementia-friendly garden close to the town centre, an information hub, improved signage around the town centre and awareness raising sessions for schools, businesses and community groups.
Maureen McGinlay, project worker for the initiative, attended Webster’s High School on Monday where pupils have been working on a new logo for the project in the former ACCESS office.
She said: “The pupils have been involved in developing a logo for the new building that is to be dementia-friendly in design and will provide a facility that can share information of services and community groups in the area. It is anticipated other voluntary or support organisations will use the building for running groups or meeting people in the community. This has been in partnership with Alzheimers Scotland worker Lindsay Shaw, who supported the new project worker in delivering information to raise awareness and provide pupils with relevant information on dementia-friendly colours and design.
“We are also looking for people in the community to get involved and support the success of the project. This can be with the building design or people who would like to be hands on and support the running of the building. The project has already begun to create a community garden that will be dementia friendly in design.”