Walking Football in the gym at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre

It is well documented that peer support provides people with dementia and their carers with valuable opportunities to meet and learn from each other. Ceartas wanted to increase the involvement of people with lived experience of dementia in their community by the provision of greater peer support opportunities with the goal of providing enhanced information and support for individuals with dementia, through their De Café model.
We are delighted to have been awarded funding through Life Changes Trust to continue with this important aspect of our work.

Ceartas and the Life Changes Trust

The project will further develop Ceartas’ services that provide peer support for people with dementia in East Dunbartonshire, expanding the programme through their existing De Café model.

De Cafés are aimed at people worried about, or living with, dementia as well as carers and former carers. They offer information and advice, and also provide space for people to access peer support.
De Café members will also be involved in telling professionals and others in the community about dementia, addressing head on some of the stigma still associated with dementia and demonstrating that people with dementia can be active contributors.
The funding will be used for cafés in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Bearsden, Milngavie and Lenzie.

As well as the de cafes we are also actively looking for projects to enhance this access to peer support. In the past few years we have helped set up Walking Football for people with dementia, this work now continues through the Scottish Football Association at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre. We ran a heritage project which linked to the opening of the refurbished Kirkintilloch Town Hall in partnership with EDLC Trust. We run Dementia Voices which is group for people with dementia who want to share their views and opinions on what having dementia means to them and the affect it can have on their lives. We partnered with Sporting Memories Scotland and Bield to run a sporting memories group in Milngavie. In addition we ran Knowing Me which supported individuals to gain the skills and confidence to tell their own story of living with dementia.

Looking forward we are developing an art project for people with dementia and are investigating other projects which will offer peer support for people with dementia. So watch this space for more exciting developments!
This work is supported with funding from the Life Changes Trust. The Trust is funded by the Big Lottery.

Please note: The Life Changes Trust was established by the Big Lottery Fund in April 2013 with a National Lottery grant of £50 million to support transformational improvement in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people.