The Glenrothes Foodbank has joined an increasing number of organisations across the Glenrothes area to become dementia-friendly by taking part in the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative.

Staff and volunteers at the Glenrothes Foodbank based at the Saltire Centre have undertaken an information session to become Dementia Friends, learning how to recognise signs of dementia, and how they can make the local service more accessible to customers who live with the condition, including those who may be in extra need over the festive season.

Left to right: Joyce Aird ( Dementia link ); Lilian Jones ( Volunteer Manager); Jilly Guild (Project coordinator); Amanda Hunter, Project Manager for Glenrothes Dementia Friendly.

Jilly Guild, Project Manager at the Glenrothes Foodbank, said: “We are really pleased here at the foodbank that we are now ‘dementia friendly’. We see many people from many different backgrounds and with various complex health concerns including dementia and this new knowledge can only help us to provide a better service.”

Amanda Hunter, Project Manager for the Glenrothes Dementia Friendly campaign, commented “I’m very pleased that we have been able to support the Glenrothes Foodbank to support customers who may be living with dementia. Our mission is to help make everyday life better for people living with dementia and their carers, and change the way that local people think, talk and act when it comes to dementia. By becoming a dementia friendly community service, staff and volunteers now have more awareness and confidence to help make a difference to the experience of clients in need of extra support.”

The partnership between Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, Glenrothes Area Committee, Fife Council and Alzheimer Scotland aims to support people living with dementia to remain a valued part of their community.  This includes supporting people to continue to shop, use public transport or visit places like local cafes or sports centres.

Businesses, services and community groups across Glenrothes who are interested in getting involved with the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative can do so by contacting Amanda Hunter from Alzheimer Scotland on Tel: 01592 803800 or by Email: ahunter@alzscot.org.

For further information please contact Amanda Hunter from Alzheimer Scotland on Tel: 01592 803800 or by Email: ahunter@alzscot.org.