Kirriemuir dementia-friendly garden approved

A dementia-friendly community initiative in Kirriemuir has been given the go-ahead, thanks to a funding boost of £269,000.

On May 26, members of Angus Council’s Communities Committee heard that the Kirriemuir and Dean Area Partnership will use the funding from Life Changes Trust, over three years, to develop a dementia-friendly garden close to the town centre.

In addition, the money will be used to develop a community hub for peer support, information and advice, improve signage around the town centre and provide awareness-raising sessions for schools, businesses and community groups.

Derek Marshall, chairman of Kirriemuir and Dean Area Partnership, said: “We plan to ‘Get it Right for Dementia’ in this small rural town, where the rate of dementia per 100 patients is higher than both Tayside and Scotland as a whole.”

The Life Changes Trust is committed to funding and supporting the development of dementia-friendly communities across Scotland.

The council’s vice convener of communities, Jeanette Gaul, said: “I’m delighted that Life Changes Trust has chosen to support this very exciting project in Kirriemuir. It is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the community and raise awareness, change attitudes and broaden understanding of dementia across Kirriemuir and throughout Angus. The funding will also help enable people living with dementia to feel more included, more independent and exercise more choice and control over their lives.

“This is an important initiative and we’re pleased to be working with the council, who shares our commitment to providing the highest possible standards of support for people with dementia within their own communities in Angus.”