Dementia Friendly Dunblane Report of Activities 2017

Dementia Friendly Dunblane Report of Activities 2017


Dementia Friendly Dunblane Report of Activities 2017
Author: Breda Seaman (Chairperson)


I am pleased to present the first Dementia Friendly Dunblane Annual Report. The report will outline some of the key successes that our members have had in making this vision a closer reality. There is still much to be done and I am looking forward to a second term as Chair of the steering group to continue to lead the group on the journey to working towards Dunblane City becoming a dementia- friendly community.

The steering group have worked hard over the year and have achieved a lot in such a short time. The major success is the opening of the Braeport Memory Cafe which provides a much needed resource for local people living with dementia, their family and carers. Intergenerational input from the High School, St.Mary’s Episcopal & Newton Primary Schools to the cafe has been much appreciated. Tesco Community Champions & Another Tilly’s Tearooms have been very generous in supplying refreshments for special occasions. The Dunblane Centre has provided a venue for meetings.The recruitment of 25 volunteers ensures that the cafe has a committed and caring group available to help.

We now have a consortium of 16 partner members and I would like to extend my personal thanks to those businesses and schools who have committed to take action to work towards making Dunblane City a dementia-friendly community. Particular thanks must be extended to those in the Dunblane Development Trust (DDT) with whom co-operation and positive working relationships has led to the immediate success of the Memory Cafe.


Thank you to all of the sixteen partners of the dementia friendly steering group listed below, who are working towards making Dunblane City-a dementia-friendly community:

Alzheimers Scotland. Kerry McPhee. Dementia Advisor. (December 2017) Church of Scotland Presbytery. Bonnie McDowell.
Dunblane Centre. Owen Jones
Dunblane Community Council. Terence O’Byrne
Dunblane Development Trust. Douglas Thornton
Dunblane High School. Mr Ritchie Acting Deputy Head
Dunblane Primary School. Jill Hosking Acting Headteacher
Discover Dunblane BID. Tom Casey & Scott Abercrombie
Dunblane Medical Practice. Sue Lawson. Practice Manager
Newton Primary School. Jane Mc Manus Headteacher
Patient Participation Group. Terence O’Byrne & Breda Seaman Randolph Hill Nursing Home. Clare Allan, Manager
Rotary Club Bridge of Allan & Dunblane. George Morrison
Stirling Carers Centre. Hannah Gray.
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Primary School. Heather Whyte. Headteacher Stirling Council. Councillor Graham Houston

Background information

What is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella-term for a group of conditions that causes irreversible damage to the brain resulting in a range of different symptoms. These characteristically include memory loss, changes in personality and loss of problem-solving and language skills. Different types of dementia include: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, mixed dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.

Dementia is progressive and often has a profound impact on the daily life of the person living with dementia and their family, friends and carers. Dementia usually affects older people and becomes more common with age, although it can develop in younger people and it is important to note that it is not a normal part of the ageing process.

How many people are affected by dementia in Scotland?
There are over 93,283 people living with dementia in Scotland (Alzheimers Scotland 2017) with around 3,200 of these people are under the age of 65. This figure is predicted to rise to one million people living with dementia in the UK by the year 2020. Locally, an estimated 1650 people in the Stirling area have dementia. 589 males and 1061 females. In addition to the personal and social costs of the condition, dementia is estimated to cost the UK £26.3 billion a year in unpaid care, health care, state social care, individual social care and other costs.

What is being done about dementia in Dunblane?
The Patient Participation Group of Dunblane Medical Practice discussed the Motherwell report, “Dementia is Everybody’s Business”. The group decided to investigate what the potential was for taking Dunblane City forward as a dementia friendly community. An initial meeting in November 2016 agreed to proceed with inviting other key partners and form a steering group.

What is a dementia-friendly community?
“A dementia friendly community can be described as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported and confident that they can contribute to community life. In a dementia friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia and people with dementia will feel included and involved and have choice and control over their day-to day lives.” (Alzheimer’s Scotland.)

Why do we need to create dementia-friendly communities?
Alzheimer’s Society published the report “Building dementia-friendly communities: a priority for everyone” (2013). Key findings included that 58% of survey respondents did not think that their area was set up to help them live well with dementia. Additionally only 47% felt part of their community. In creating dementia- friendly communities, it is hoped that people will be able to live well with dementia in their community.

How does a community become dementia-friendly?
The journey to becoming dementia-friendly is supported by Alzheimer’s Scotland, however there are no specific criteria for communities to agree to work towards in order to be recognised as dementia friendly. In England Alzheimers Society have seven foundation criteria for communities to achieve dementia friendly status and these are outlined below:

  1. Make sure you have the right local structure in place to maintain a sustainable dementia friendly community
  2. Identify a person or people to take responsibility for driving forward the work to support your community to become dementia friendly and ensure that individuals, organisations and businesses are meeting their stated commitments
  3. Have a plan to raise awareness about dementia in key organisations and businesses within the community that support people with dementia
  1. Develop a strong voice for people with dementia living in your communities. This will give your plan credibility and will make sure it focuses on areas people with dementia feel are most important.
  2. Raise the profile of your work to increase reach and raise awareness to different groups in the community.
  3. Focus your plans on a number of key areas that have been identified locally.
  4. Have in place a plan or system to update the progress of your community after six months and one year.

Dementia Friendly Dunblane group agreed to follow this criteria along with the previously mentioned “Building a Dementia Friendly Community, the Motherwell Report” as a guide to becoming dementia friendly.

Aims and objectives of the Dementia Friendly Dunblane group (DFD)

The purpose of the Dementia Friendly Dunblane group is to help local businesses and organisations to become dementia friendly. We want to create a community that has a good understanding of dementia and is committed to helping people to live well with dementia.

Table 1: Roles and responsibilities of DFD Chair and Members 2017 to 2018

Role & Responsibilities

  • Chair of DFD, Breda Seaman
    Chair monthly meetings Work with key members to develop the agenda for monthly meetings.Mediate if members raise issues. Promote the DFD and encourage active participation
  • Minutes
    Minutes recorded by a member and draft submitted to chair, prior to circulation
  • Members of the DFD
    Every member of the DFD will be committed to promoting Dunblane as a dementia friendly city. Each member will have undertaken the Dementia Friends Training.

5) How to become a partner of DDF

Local organisations and businesses are welcome to become a partner of DFD by undertaking dementia friends training, completing an environmental audit , where applicable and developing an action plan that outlines at least three actions for the member organisation to take in order to contribute to the creation of a dementia- friendly community. The action plan will be subsequently reviewed by the DFD group.

The role of the members will be to help and support the purpose of the DFD to create a dementia- friendly community by:

1. Encouraging and supporting local organisations to sign up to becoming dementia friendly

2. Promoting Dementia Friendly Dunblane at local events and forums to raise the profile locally.

3. Holding events to encourage members to meet and share ideas and knowledge.

4. Providing information to DFD members about dementia in the area through regular distribution of emails and maintaining an up to date social media site, (Facebook)

5. Having ownership over the ‘working towards becoming dementia-friendly’ logo and issuing of its use in Dunblane.

6. Reporting back to relevant committees and grant providers on Dunblane’s progress towards becoming a dementia-friendly community.

The Dunblane Dementia Friendly Group met on 11 occasions in 2017. All meetings were held in the Dunblane Centre who provided the venue and refreshments free of charge. Some virtual members unable to attend meetings contribute electronically.

6) Main events of the year

(a) Training events, Dementia Awareness raising, consultations, meetings to promote DFD

1 – 05/04/2017       Dunblane Community Council meeting presentation

2 – 06/04/2017      Dementia Friendly Churches

3 – 07/06/2017      Dunblane Centre

4 – 25/04/2017      St Mary’s Episcopal Church

5 – 12/06/2017      DDT Board; presentation re memory cafe proposal

6 – 27/06/2017      Council of Churches

7 – 17/07/2017      Meeting Businesses in Dunblane (BID)

8 – 07/07/2017     Meeting Lynn McKinley Stirling Council

9 – 27/07/2017     Rotary Club of Dunblane & Bridge of Allan

10 – 12/09/2017   Thinking Aloud group Dunblane Cathedral

11 – 26/09/2017   Thinking Aloud group Dunblane Cathedral

12 – 03/10/2017   Thinking Aloud group Dunblane Cathedral

13 – 30/09/2017   Dunblane Development Trust AGM presentation

14 – 01/11/2017   Sally Magnusson event at Dunblane Cathedral

15 – 13/11/2017   “Ageing well, Keep Safe “ event Dunblane Centre

16 – 30/11/2017   Discover Dunblane Christmas Extravaganza

(b) Networking events

1 – 20/03/2017     Alzheimer’s Scotland Policy & Development Officer. Stirling Innovation Park

2 – 26/04/2017      Active Stirling -Dunblane Dementia Friendly Walks

3 – 03/05/2017      Town Break

4 – 04/05/2017      Met person living with dementia and their carer-agreed to join group

5 – 21/06/2017      Art link Cowan Centre

6 – 07/09/2017      Community Learning Group, Dunblane High School

7 – 11/09/2017      Life Changes Trust Gathering Perth

8 – 18/09/2017      Keith Brown MSP meeting (facilitated by DCP: Discover Dunblane, DCC & DDT)

9 – 02/11/2017      Stirling Dementia Friendly Group

10 – 17/11/2017    Playlist for Life planning meeting

11 – 01/12/2017    Life Changes Trust Gathering Perth

(c) Grant Applications
1 – Community Pride Fund Stirling Council- Successful (£1,480.00)

2 – Stirling Voluntary Enterprise (£200.00)

3 – Ideas Innovation Improvement CTSI / SVE (£2,000.00)

4 – Tesco Bags for Life (£4,120.00)

5 – Wind-farm Trust (£2,273.00)

(d) Gifts
1 – DDT Trustee (£450.00)

2 – Cash in lieu of Xmas cards (£100.00)

3 – Loony Dook (£376.00)

Total £10,999

(e) Gifts in kind

  • Two Pop up Banners were donated by Rotary Club of Dunblane & Bridge of Allan
  • Braeport Memory Cafe Banner provided by Dunblane Development Trust
  • Marketing, printing and branding support by Discover Dunblane BID


(f) Unsuccessful grant applications

30/03/2017 to Life Changes Trust. Positive feedback was received and DFD was encouraged to reapply next year.

7) Braeport Memory Cafe planning meetings

1 – 13/06/2017      DDT Trustees & Breda (Chair of DFD)

2 – 15/06/2017      DDT Trustees & Breda

3 – 20/07/2017      DDT Trustees & Breda. Volunteer poster issued & 25 volunteers recruited

4 – 01/08/2017       DDT Memory Cafe working group

5 – 08/08/2017 DDT Memory Cafe working group

8)  Key dates (Breaport Memory Cafe)

06/09/2017 Memory Cafe opened

20/09/2017 Memory Cafe launch

9)  Training for Volunteers

1 – 17/08/2017 Induction training for volunteers

2 – 23/09/2017 Carers Stirling training

Further training is planned for 2018

10)  Awards

26/09/2017      Festival of Volunteering Inspiring Volunteer Innovation award

01/11/2017      Award from Sally Magnusson in recognition of work undertaken to make Dunblane City a dementia friendly community

18/09/2017      Bannerman Pharmacy, High Street, Dementia Friendly Award

18/12/2017      Bannerman’s Pharmacy, Anderson Street, Dementia Friendly Award

11) Monitoring and Performance Indicators (MPI) in 2018

The Dementia Friendly Steering Group MPIs for 2018 are as follows:

  1. A minimum of 30 businesses to be signed up to Dementia Friendly Dunblane
  2. Provide awareness raising and educational events on dementia to 5 organisations / groups within the community
  3. An end of year report setting out case studies of the work members have undertaken to make their service dementia-friendly
  4. Encourage intergenerational engagement in all our activities
  5. Celebrate and share our achievements with other areas wanting to become dementia friendly

12) Conclusion

2017 has been a very exciting and rewarding year for the Dunblane Dementia Friendly group. The launch of the Braeport Memory Cafe has been a huge success. It is covering a real and unmet community need. A paper will be presented to Dunblane Development Trust Board in February re the future of the cafe following the pilot phase which is due to finish end March 2018.

We wish to continue to stay focused and consolidate the work already started in providing the following:

  1. Sustainability of the Braeport memory Cafe
  2. Develop a Playlist for Life community
  3. Provide further training for volunteers to enhance knowledge and skills
  4. Visit other dementia friendly communities to share experiences
  5. Encourage intergenerational input to all planned activities

Breda Seaman
12th February 2018

Tel: 01786 586840