Ar­ran could be­come the first is­land to be de­men­tia friendly

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A bid is be­ing made to turn Ar­ran into Scot­land’s first de­men­tia friendly is­land.

The idea has the back­ing of Coun­cil­lor Jimmy Miller, who is the older peo­ple’s cham­pion for North Ayr­shire Coun­cil. He vis­ited Ar­ran last week and said: ‘Given the ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties on Ar­ran I think this is some­thing that could be re­ally ben­e­fi­cial to the whole com­mu­nity.’

A scheme, De­men­tia Friendly Prest­wick, is al­ready up and run­ning and this would be used as the base model for any is­land scheme. Their slo­gan is: ‘If we get it right for peo­ple with de­men­tia, we get it right for ev­ery­one.’

Be­ing de­men­tia friendly means to sup­port peo­ple with de­men­tia, and their fam­i­lies/car­ers, to be in­cluded and re­main part of their com­mu­nity for as long as pos­si­ble.

This can be achieved through rais­ing awareness of de­men­tia lo­cally, in or­der to re­duce stigma and pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and ad­vice to lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

‘Even the sim­plest of train­ing to teach the shop as­sis­tants to keep an eye out cus­tomers show­ing the first signs of de­men­tia can help,’ Coun­cil­lor Miller told the Ban­ner.

Dur­ing his trip he vis­ited Mon­trose House and spoke to res­i­dents who use the Stronoch Day Cen­tre. He said: ‘I have been im­pressed by the stan­dard of care on the is­land and the fa­cil­i­ties which are avail­able.’ The Steven­ston rep­re­sen­ta­tive also vis­ited the Ar­ran Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, which he de­scribed as an ‘im­pres­sive fa­cil­ity’ which he said he was keen to spread the word about on the main­land.

In­tro­duced

De­men­tia friendly com­mu­ni­ties started in Ja­pan. They are now be­ing in­tro­duced in the UK and in other coun­tries, pre­dom­i­nantly in Europe and USA. Prest- wick is be the first de­men­tia friendly town in Ayr­shire and one of the few in Scot­land.

Collin Adams, the so­cial ser­vices team man­ager for Ar­ran, said: ‘It sounds like a good fit for the is­land and we hope to visit Prest­wick in the near fu­ture to learn from their ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved should con­tact Collin on 600742.

01_B20de­men­tia01 Coun­cil­lor Jimmy Miller out­side Mon­trose House dur­ing his visit to Ar­ran.

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