This week saw an impressive turn-out for Ceartas’ Dementia Seminar which was run in partnership with the Dementia Network. The event took place in the Bearsden Baptist Church and was attended by councillors, partner agencies, members of the public and the local MSP. Taking into account the vital role that faith groups can play in supporting those affected by dementia it was incredibly encouraging to also see pastoral workers and Minsters from a range of churches in attendance.
The Seminar provided a range of insightful information on dementia with speakers from East Dunbartonshire Social Work, Ceartas Advocacy and Alzheimer Scotland using their experience and expertise to discuss the condition in great detail.
A variety of information was also provided on the availability of local support services in East Dunbartonshire. Presentations were given on the De Cafés Ceartas run and Alzheimer Scotland’s Mind that Song music group to illustrate the good work being done locally to engage and support individuals, families and carers.
Many of the public figures in attendance commented on how impressed they were with the quality of support services available within East Dunbartonshire and how important events like the Dementia Seminar are in raising awareness further. The seminar finished with a lively group discussion on how to develop partnerships and take forward new ideas for engaging those with dementia.
Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance to promote their Bogus Workmen and Home Safety initiative. Kick Start theatre company have been commissioned to support this and performed an informative play which highlighted how to safeguard against the rise in bogus workmen and also how to minimise fire risks in the home.