Now in its second year, the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative is going from strength to strength and Members of Glenrothes Area Committee hit the road to meet a range of businesses who are now involved.
In just over a year, 81 businesses in Glenrothes have pledged to become Dementia Friendly. With the support of a Dementia Friendly Project Manager, employers and their staff have been undertaking dementia friendly awareness training, adapting their workplaces and taking steps such as fitting new signage and lighting to become more inclusive. Their actions are helping make daily living a little easier for those living with dementia and their families.
The sites visited by Councillors were:
- Glenrothes Foodbank
- Jubilee Grove Very Sheltered Housing
- The Glenrothes Fire Station, and;
- The Rothes Halls Library
In Fife, there’s estimated to be over 5,000 people living with Dementia and this number is expected to double by 2030. The idea to make Glenrothes dementia friendly originated from members of Glenrothes Area Committee and has now grown into a full scale project which is being delivered jointly by Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, the Glenrothes Area Committee, Fife Council and Alzheimer Scotland.
The aim is to support people living with dementia so they remain a valued part of their community.
One of the first businesses to take an interest was Michael Woods Centre and a year on they were presented with their official Dementia Friendly status by Cllr Jan Wincott, Vice Chair of the Glenrothes Area Committee as part of the Councillors tour.
On being presented with their award, Sharon Johnstone, Area Leisure Manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust said: “We are really pleased to receive this award. Since getting involved in the dementia friendly initiative, staff have been fully supportive of the project aims. The trust has a well-established, successful health programme which delivers specially designed physical activity programmes for people with a range of long-term health conditions, including dementia. Ensuring Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre is dementia friendly and welcoming for people with dementia is a great boost for the trust’s commitment to widen access to physical activity opportunities for local communities.”
Cllr Wincott, who was joined by Councillors Altany Craik, Mick Green and Derek Noble, talks about the visit and the value the work is bringing to the local community:
“I speak on behalf of all Glenrothes Area Committee members when I say that we were all really pleased to meet just some of the businesses and organisations who have pledged their support.
The visit was a great opportunity and very thought provoking and informative. An enormous amount of work and commitment has gone into growing this initiative from the grassroots up and we thank everyone involved.
I was particularly struck by the fact that it is often the smallest changes that can make the biggest difference. It is not about wholesale re-fits or complicated training. It is often about awareness, developing soft skills to make people feel comfortable and confidence to help make a difference to their customers who are in need of extra support. The team at the Michael Woods Centre are one shining example of this work and I was delighted to present them with their Dementia Friendly status award.”
Ruth McCabe, Dementia Friendly Project Manager, commented: “Our mission is to help make daily life better for people living with dementia and their carers and change the way local people think, talk and act when it comes to dementia. By becoming a dementia friendly business staff now have the awareness and confidence to help make a difference to their customers who are in need of extra support.”
Businesses, services and community groups across Glenrothes who are interested in getting involved with the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative can do so by contacting Ruth Mccabe from Alzheimer Scotland on Tel: 01592 803800 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org